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Published December 11, 2012, 12:00 AM

Andrew E. Anderson

Andrew Edwin Anderson, 72, of Fergus Falls, died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at PioneerCare Center on Friday, December 7, 2012.

"Andy" Anderson was born on February 12, 1940, to Edwin A. and Gunda (Foshaug) Anderson in Fergus Falls. He grew up on the family farm south of Fergus Falls and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1958. Andy graduated from Moorhead State University in 1963 with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

Andrew E. Anderson

Andrew Edwin Anderson, 72, of Fergus Falls, died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at PioneerCare Center on Friday, December 7, 2012.

"Andy" Anderson was born on February 12, 1940, to Edwin A. and Gunda (Foshaug) Anderson in Fergus Falls. He grew up on the family farm south of Fergus Falls and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1958. Andy graduated from Moorhead State University in 1963 with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

On September 1, 1962 Andy married Hazel "Honey" Sowden of Fergus Falls at Grace United Methodist Church. The couple celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2012.

Otter Tail Power Co. hired him in 1968 as a Senior Accountant, subsequently becoming Manager of the Accounting Department, Controller and Vice President, Chief Financial Officer until retirement in 1998.

Andy volunteered with many organizations, including Jaycees, Kiwanis, PioneerCare Board, Grace United Methodist Church, a member of the Fergus Falls School Board, Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, the YMCA, Otter Tail County Republicans, as well as the United Fund and Youth Hockey. He received the Jaycees local “Distinguished Service Award” and was nominated as one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. In retirement Andy enjoyed volunteering with SCORE in Fargo, helping entrepreneurs establish small businesses through the S.B.A.

As hunting was so important in Andy’s life, his involvement in Ducks Unlimited was local, district, and State Chairman, as well as on the National D.U. Finance Committee. He has been named Ducks Unlimited Trustee Emeritus and is a "Sponsor in Perpetuity". The state organization honored Andy with the Tommy Nelson and Jimmy Robinson awards for the work he did to promote D. U. and wildlife conversation.

The pride and joy of Andy’s life were his three grandsons; while able he attended their sporting events and school activities, took them hunting and fishing, teaching them sportsmanship and many life's lessons.

Andy’s favorite "retreat" has been the hunting cabin in Star Lake Twp. with his father-in-law, brother-in-law, son, grandsons and friends. He always owned a Labrador retriever who were his best hunting “buddies”. Class Reunions and hunting and fishing trips with his life-long school friends were always highlights in his life.

Andy is survived by his wife "Honey". They were blessed with two children and three grandsons who survive: Janet (Michael) Reagan and their son Sean of St. Cloud and Edwin “Buzz” (Lisa Beck) Anderson and sons Andrew (special friend Michelle) of Barnesville and Alex of Fergus Falls. Also surviving is a sister Vernyl (Walt) Schulz of Isanti, four sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews, other close friends and relatives.

Preceding him in death are his parents, a sister Audrey Fogard, his in-laws Howard and Elsie Sowden, his brothers-in-law Don Mellum and Cliff Miller and many other relatives.

Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 13 from 4-7 p.m. with prayer service, memories, and sharing at 6:30 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home. Service will be held 11 a.m. Fri., Dec. 14 at Grace United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be shared on the web at www.olsonfuneralhome.com.

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