Gerald W. Anderson, 73, of Turtle Lake, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at his home.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m., in Trinity Lutheran Church, Turtle Lake, with Pastor Betty Stedman officiating. Burial will follow in the Turtle Lake Cemetery, with military rites provided by Turtle Lake American Legion Post 133. A family service will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at 3:30 p.m., at Goetz Funeral Home in Turtle Lake, with visitation to follow from 4 to 7 p.m.
Gerald Wayne Anderson was born July 26, 1939, at Minot, a son of Gustav T. and Polly (Badraun) Anderson. He attended school in Turtle Lake and graduated from Turtle Lake High School in 1957. While attending school, he learned the printing and journalism trades from his father. He then attended Concordia College at Moorhead, Minn., graduating in 1961.
Following his graduation, he worked for the McLean County Independent at Garrison, serving as editor until the farmers' cooperative was able to find an individual buyer. He was drafted into the Army in March 1963 and honorably discharged in March 1965 after serving as an information specialist at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana.
He married Janelle Landsiedel of Garrison on Aug. 7, 1963. Following his discharge from the Army, they moved to Turtle Lake, where they later purchased the McLean County Journal from G. T. Anderson. They sold the newspaper to BHG Inc. of Garrison in September 1998, and since then he had been working part time for BHG. Janelle died Jan. 10, 2003.
Gerald was involved with a variety of community organizations, including the Turtle Lake Park Board, Turtle Lake Lions, was a lifetime member of the Turtle Lake Volunteer Fire Department, was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church Council, the Masonic Lodge No. 122 of Washburn, and the Turtle Lake American Legion Post 133. Jerry was a 50-year member and past president of the North Dakota Newspaper Assocation.
He is survived by: his three children, Dean and Judy (Putney), of Sheridan, Ore., Nancy (Willie) Wilson, of Coleharbor, and Jason, of Garrison; eight grandchildren, Rachael and Danielle Anderson, Katie (Wyatt) Humphrey, Hunter and Bill Wilson III, Nicole (Jeremy) Lang and Kevin and Jared Anderson; one sister, Karen (Tom) Kleiv, of Niceville, Fla.; and nephews, Craig (Savalak) Kleiv, of Portland, Ore., and Dain (Gina) Kleiv, of Andover, Kan., as well as their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
According to his wishes, his brain and spinal column have been donated to the ALS Biorepository to help aid in the study for a cure for PLS.
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