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Erlin Theodore Anderson


Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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Erlin Theodore Anderson

Erlin Theodore Anderson, age 86, of Cresco, Iowa died Monday, November, 25 2013, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco.

Erlin was born on October 2, 1927 in rural Winneshiek County, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Agnes Anderson. He was baptized on November 6, 1927 and confirmed on May 23, 1943. He attended country grade school and graduated from Cresco High School in 1945.

His dream then was to join the Air Force. The local draft board changed his dream when they announced he was more needed on the farm to keep it going as his father was not well, so Erlin stayed on the farm. His main recreation when young was roller skating. He spent many evenings skating at the local rinks where he was an excellent skater.

On November 3, 1951 he married Marilyn Henderson at the Fremont Lutheran Church, rural, Cresco. Together they operated a dairy and livestock farm and raised their six children.

Erlin was a member of the Fremont Lutheran Church holding various offices until it closed. He became president of the Fremont Cemetery Association and was very proud of the perpetual care fund that he was instrumental in establishing. The family then joined and participated at First Lutheran.

Erlin followed his father as a director/agent for the Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association, serving in this capacity for 38 years. He also constructed many farm buildings in the local area and found great satisfaction in seeing a building project from start to finish.

During retirement he enjoyed woodworking and along with Marilyn wintered for 17 years in Apache Junction, Ariz..

After years of living with Alzheimer’s disease, he resided his final two years at the Patty Elwood Center, rural Cresco, where he received excellent and loving care.

Erlin is survived by his wife, Marilyn Anderson of Cresco, Iowa; Six children: Virginia “Ginger” (Keith Larson) Anderson of Canton, Iowa, Rebecca “Becky” (Drew Tulley) Anderson of Houston, Texas, R’Delle (Paul Ely) Anderson of Trinidad, Calif., Lorri Vaughn of Richmond, Va., Paula (Steve) Green of Los Angeles, Donald “Don” (Jaci) Anderson of Cresco; 13 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one due in April; five step great-grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia Lynch of Madison, Wis., a brother, David (Lois) Anderson of Apache Junction, a sister-in-law, Valda Anderson of Enumclaw, Wash.; a brother-in-law, Walt Leas of Denver, Colo.

Erlin was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Myron and Minnie Henderson, a son-in-law, Steve Vaughn; two sisters Adelaide (and her husband Jerry) Dykstra and Karen Leas; a brother Charles Anderson; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Lynch and Donald Henderson.

Erlin truly enjoyed his family, friends and community, and he brought that joy to whatever endeavor he was engaged in. As in the words of his favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine”, he offered his sunshine to all of us and will be deeply missed.

Memorial services were on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco. Burial was in Fremont Cemetery, rural Cresco.

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