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Funeral Service for Milton L. Anderson of Skime will be held on Thursday, August 1, at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Skime at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Helgeson Funeral Chapel in Roseau with a devotional service at 7:00 p.m.

Milton Leon Anderson was born on October 13, 1946, in Roseau to Elmer and Bertha (Vigum) Anderson of Gatzke, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Skime, MN. He attended Skime School through 8th grade and graduated from Roseau High School in 1964. He was a goalie on the Skime School hockey team.

After graduating from high school, he worked at Wheeler’s Bridge in the Beltrami Forest. He drove a beet truck at Drayton and worked at Farmer’s Union in Roseau, driving LP gas truck. He worked at Polaris on the welding line, and in his off time, he helped his parents on the farm. In 1972, he retired from Polaris to take over the family farm. He milked cows for nearly 20 years and then raised beef cattle and small grains.

Milton and Linda Nesland were married in Thief River Falls, MN on September 26, 1970. They lived their entire married life on the Anderson Farm. Nikki Lynn was born on April 13, 1972 and Jared Milton was born on June 8, 1975. He enjoyed helping Jared figure out mechanical problems and he and Nikki discussed the Twins, Vikings, Lynx and Wild. He always wanted to keep updated on his granddaughters' sports activities.

Milton, Edmund, and their father, Elmer ran a gravel business for several years. They hauled the rock and fill for the Hayes Park Dam from Halma, MN to Hayes Park. Milton later worked part-time for Dennis Breiland putting together and repairing Vermeer equipment.

The beef cattle were sold after the T.B. outbreak in Skime. He then rented out most of the farmland and worked part-time for Emmett McDonagh. Following his retirement, he continued to farm on a small scale, and helped Jared with whatever needed doing. He was a good mechanic and liked to tinker. He was always ready to help a neighbor or pull someone out of the ditch in the middle of the night.

Milton and his brothers, Edmund and Roland, bought some land south of the home, moved in a trailer and created Camp-Wanna-Buck. He enjoyed many happy times there with the family and hunters. He especially liked visiting Camp-Hadda-Buck. He and Leonard Olson enjoyed many hours of ice fishing. He also fished with Marlin Olson, Lorne Olson, and Ronnie Skime.

A couple years ago, Milton and Linda attended a Twins game and also saw the Minnesota Wild play the Winnipeg Jets. They accompanied Roland and JoAnne to Mahnomen for a Beach Boys concert. Milton enjoyed having coffee with the guys at the Skime Store and also Café 89. Milton and Linda enjoyed going out to eat. He ranked the restaurants by how good the soup was, and if they had Chicken on the menu, since that was his favorite meat. Milton was a notorious collector of pens.

Milton served on the Marshall-Beltrami Conservation District as a commissioner for many years. He was a state fire warden for 24 years and an official rainfall recorder for Marshall County. He and Jared helped in the restoration of the Randeen Church.

Milton was a life-long active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. He served on the board several times; he always lit the candles and assisted with communion. He especially enjoyed the discussions at the round table before service, and coffee time following services. He believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior. He didn’t talk about it, but he showed it in his actions.

Milton Anderson passed away at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau on Saturday, July 27. He was 66 years old.

Milton is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Nikki (LaRone) Greer; son, Jared; grandsons, Jordan and LaMilton; granddaughters, Nykeesha and Nykayla; brothers, Edmund (Lael), Roland (JoAnne); sisters, Marlene (Dean) Broten, Lori (Kevin) Nelson; mother-in-law, Stella Nesland; brother-in-law, Glen (Lynae) Nesland, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Milton is preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Brad Anderson; and father-in-law, Knute Nesland.

Milton’s eyes were donated to the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.