Lynn Andersen, 96, Stanley, formerly of Powers Lake, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Mountrail Bethel Home in Stanley.
Lynn Wilson Andersen was born to Pete and Ingeborg (Rasmussen) Andersen on Jan. 21, 1918, in Powers Lake. He was educated in Powers Lake to the eighth grade, after which he worked on the family farm and doing odd jobs and farming for neighbors. In 1947 he moved to Milwaukee, Wis., in search of work and became an iron worker, a job he held for 25 years. He was very proud of the construction work he was involved in, in and around the Milwaukee area and on his last trip to Milwaukee was able to point out many of the buildings he worked on, including a 60-story bank building that always amazed him. It was in Milwaukee that he also met his bride, Wanda Kubiaczyk. They were married on July 22, 1950, and made their home for the next 22 years in Milwaukee. To this union two children were born, Terry and Amy. In 1972, they decided to move back to Powers Lake to be close to his family. Retirement didn't suit him and he started working at Cenex as a propane truck driver, and soon after started his own propane business, Andersen Propane, which was known for a 100-mile radius for quality service and reliability.
Lynn was known for many talents: his love of music, gardening, ability to always catch fish and telling stories. Because of his giving nature, he loved to share whatever he had with others. He always planted more than he could use and caught way too many fish just for that reason, to share with others. His love of music started at an early age playing accordion with his brothers and sisters. They played for many dances throughout the community and even played on the radio in Fargo at one time. He continued his love of the accordion right into his stay at the nursing home, playing on Friday nights for the residents and guests. His other great love was learning what the Bible had in store for people and sharing that with anyone who would listen. He had the gift of gab and was able to carry a conversation with anyone and enjoyed doing so, regardless if they were a friend or stranger.
Lynn's survivors are: son, Terry (Chris) Andersen, Powers Lake; daughter, Amy (Greg) Axelson, Williston; sister, Verna Andersen, Powers Lake; grandchildren, Brooklyn (Pat) Abbot, Williston, Sean Andersen, Powers Lake, Trevor Axelson, Williston; great-grandchildren, Sierra, Draven and Carter Abbott, Williston; three sisters-in-law; and his nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: parents; wife, Wanda; siblings, Roy, Alf, Eiler, Gladys, Ethel, Violet and Helen.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Powers Lake. Officiant will be Tim Bryant.
Family burial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).