Larry Anderson

May 29, 1927-Feb. 22, 2018

Larry Owen Anderson,

the sixth and last child of

Martin Melian Anderson

and Helen Louise (Con-

nors) Anderson, was born

May 29, 1927, in a log ca-

bin in rural Kennedy, MN.

At the age of three, Larry’s

family lost their father to

a sudden illness, then in

turn lost the family farm.

In the mid-1930s, the fam-

ily moved to nearby Hal-

lock, MN, where he fin-

ished growing up during

the Great Depression. Lar-

ry was an energetic, in-

quisitive, quick witted

child. Naturally athletic,

he enjoyed baseball but

excelled in ice hockey,

which he played in high

school and at St. Cloud

State Teachers College,

now known as St. Cloud

State University. Larry

joined the U.S. Navy at 17

years of age. He served in

the Amphibians in the

Philippines and Pearl Har-

bor. During the 1950s,

Larry lived in Minneapo-

lis MN, with brothers,

John and Dennis, where

they sold books and vacu-

um cleaners door-to-door.

He attended a telegra-

pher’s school and learned

Morse Code. He took a job

with Great Northern Rail-

way and spent 20 years as

a telegrapher and agent.

Larry met the love of

his life, Virginia Margaret

Petron, a high school

teacher in Stanley, ND.

They married on No-

vember 22, 1952, at Holy

Rosary Catholic Church in

Stanley, where they began

their family. Larry’s work

on the railroad took him,

Virginia and their growing

family to Tioga, Guthrie,

Drake and Willow City. In

Willow City he picked up

a secondary job working

as the Pioneer State Bank

branch manager and as an

insurance agent. In 1969

the family moved to

Towner, ND, and he be-

gan his second career,

with Pioneer State Bank.

Having grown up in po-

verty, Larry showed great

compassion for others in

need. He was an active

member of St. Cecilia

Catholic parish, the

Catholic Order of Fores-

ters, and a few selected

civic organizations. He

was decidedly a good

neighbor, citizen and

friend to those around

him. He received the last

Sacraments of the Church

and enjoyed the special

time with each of his

seven children and many

grandchildren before his

passing. Larry died

peacefully at Trinity

Nursing Home in Minot,

ND, on Thursday, Febru-

ary 22, 2018, at the age of

90 after a year of battling

the residual effects of

pneumonia and conges-

tive heart failure.

Survivors include chil-

dren, Patrick (Patricia) of

St. Cloud, MN; Michael

(Luanne) of Bath, SD;

Timothy (Diana) of Cas-

per, WY; Robert (Cather-

ine) of Minot, ND; Mary

Rose of Oak Harbor, WA;

Joseph (Jeanne) of Gillette,

WY; Nicholas (Vanda) of

Ortonville, MN. 22

Grandchildren; 9 great-

grandchildren; a sister,

Mary (Anderson) Patter-

son, and one brother-in-

law, Donald (Betty) Pe-


Preceding him in death

was wife Virginia, (June

23, 2009); infant son,

Francis; his parents, si-

blings Irene Nordling,

Grace Landberg, John and


Mass of Christian buri-

al will be held at 10:30

a.m. Tuesday, (TODAY) at

St. Cecilia’s Catholic

Church in Towner with

spring burial in the

church cemetery. Father

Michael Schommer, Cele-


Visitation and Reviewal

will be held for one hour

prior to the time of ser-

vices at the church, TO-


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Towner, North Dakota.

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