Roseau - Gilmer Anderson passed away at the age of 94 years and 293 days on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the LifeCare Roseau Manor, in Roseau.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Casket bearers include Gilmer’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Honorary casket bearers include Leon Johnson, Keith Anderson, Vince Hess and Duane Kotrba. Interment will follow at the Northwood Cemetery, Northwood Township, Beltrami County.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Friday, Feb. 15 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
Gilmer Anderson was born April 21, 1918 on a farm near Gully, the son and 11th child of Andrew and Lena Anderson. He grew up in the area and attended country school near Grygla.
On Feb. 24, 1936, Gilmer was united in marriage to Frances Skime in the Wannaska parsonage. The couple made their home and farmed in Big Grass Township, Beltrami County, near Grygla, and then spent a short time in the state of Washington working at various jobs, before moving to Wyoming where Gilmer worked in the oil fields for 10 years. In 1951, they returned to farm in Veldt Township, Marshall County, also working in construction, driving truck and working in the woods until 1968 when they moved into Thief River Falls where Gilmer worked at Arctic Cat holding various jobs before retiring as production superintendent.
In 1976, Gilmer and Frances moved to Kimball, and went into hog farming with their son, Darrel. In 1980, they returned to Thief River Falls, where they resided until Frances passed away on May 19, 2008 and Gilmer moved to Oakland Park Care Center and later to the LifeCare Roseau Manor.
Gilmer enjoyed spending time with family and friends, visiting, singing, playing cards, hunting all kinds of animals and birds, trapping, and he loved to fish. The last few years in the care centers, he was the lead singer, and loved to sing to family and friends, especially on their birthdays.
Gilmer is survived by three sons: Darrel, Ocala, Fla., Richard “Red” (Judy), West Fargo, N.D., and Jerry (Karen), Baudette; 10 grandchildren, Darrin (De) Anderson, Dana Anderson, Danny Anderson, Malina O’Connor, Jennifer Anderson, Jodi (Tim) Kozan, Roger Anderson, Michael Anderson, Jason (Sarah) Anderson and Jamie (Mary Beth) Anderson; 16 great-grandchildren, Taylor Anderson, Austin Anderson, Micaela Anderson, Hunter Anderson, Nicholas Anderson, Nathan O’Connor, Sean O’Connor, Kathryn Langevin, Alexander Langevin, Jaclyn Kozan, Jessica Kozan, Justine Kozan, Ella Anderson, Cody Anderson, Kylie Anderson, Hunter Anderson and Dalovin Anderson; sister in-law Delila Anderson and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Frances; parents; seven brothers: Clarence (Alice), Ben (Ethel), Alton (Adella), Theodore, Orvis (Barbara), Berg and Clarence; 5 sisters: Bergina, Olive, Tillie, Sara (George), Helen (Heman); daughter-in-law Myrna Anderson and grandson, Richie Gilmer Anderson.