Rev. Donald L.
Anderson A memorial service for the Rev. Donald L. Anderson, 90, who died Feb. 6, 2009, at the Augustana Care Center, Apple Valley, MN, was held Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls. Minneapolis, MN. A graveside service was held Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Dalesburg Lutheran Cemetery, Centerville. Donald Leonard Adolphus Anderson was born at home, April 16, 1918, into a family of three and half dozen kids – three boys and a half dozen girls. He graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul, MN and attended Gustavus Adolphus College with aspirations of becoming a professional football player and coach. An injury sustained in an accident when the team was returning from the last game of the season led his life down a different path. He graduated from GA with a degree in sociology and a fiancé, Virginia Erickson. He served as a medic in World War II in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was wounded in Anzio and was awarded the Purple Heart. Following the war, Don and Ginny were married July 9, 1944. He worked as a Veterans Administration counselor in Thief River Falls, MN. They had two children, Janet and Paul. Don answered the call to ministry and entered Augustana Seminary in 1948. His first pastorate was in Mediapolis, IA, where he served until 1958. He then accepted a call to Albert City, IA, where he served for 25 years until his retirement in 1983. He took agricultural classes at Iowa State to better serve his parishioners and was a fervent advocate of good soil stewardship and conservation practices. In 1988, he was blessed with a second marriage to Lois Boline and gained three step-children, Barb, Pat and Jim. Don was a passionate traveler, gardener and canoeist. He loved games and playing with children. He believed that 90 percent of a pastor's witness occurs outside of the pulpit and that his job was to serve God and love the people. On the first page of his well-worn Bible are the words, "A Bible that is coming apart usually belongs to a person who is not." Don is survived by his wife, Lois; a daughter, Janet (Harold) Carter; a son, Paul (Synneva) Anderson; three grandsons, George, Raymond and Aaron; and stepchildren Barb, Pat and Jim and their families.