Toby Anderson, 87, Luverne, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage in Luverne.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors followed at St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne.
Toby Anderson was born Sept. 13, 1930, to Tobias and Alvina (Smith) Anderson in Luverne. He was raised on a farm south of town and graduated from Luverne High School in 1948. Following his education, Toby worked at Gamble’s Store. He entered the United States Army in January of 1951 and served in the Korean War, attaining the rank of sergeant. Upon his honorable discharge, Toby returned to Luverne and worked at Nelson’s Hardware.
On July 20, 1961, Toby married Margaret Bofenkamp at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth. The couple made their home in Luverne. In 1968 Toby began working for the city of Luverne in the public works department. He retired from the city in 1992.
Toby was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne, where he served as an usher and was a sacristan for many years. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the Dell Hogan American Legion Post #123.
Toby loved animals, tinkering in his shop, collecting toy tractors, mowing the yard and was an avid reader, especially of Popular Mechanics and Country Living. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and the Minnesota Twins.
Toby is survived by his wife, Margie; two children, Julie (Wesley) Obritsch, Lanesboro, and Tim (Barb) Anderson, Luverne; five grandchildren, Sarah and Olivia Obritsch, and Jessica, Kaitlyn and Abigail Anderson; a sister, Margaret Hoh, Ellsworth; a sister-in-law, Joann Anderson, Minneapolis; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leon Anderson; and a brother-in-law, Warren Hoh.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.