Vernon AndersonVernon Kenneth Anderson, 97, of Two Harbors, died Oct. 17, 2010, at Sunrise Home.
Vernon Kenneth Anderson, 97, of Two Harbors, died Oct. 17, 2010, at Sunrise Home.
He was born Aug. 13, 1913, to Erick and Anna (Holbeck) Anderson and was a lifelong resident of Two Harbors. He grew up on the family farm on State Road, where he attended the one-room schoolhouse through eighth-grade.
He was a graduate of Two Harbors High School.
On May 25, 1938, he married Alice Omtvedt, also a lifelong resident of Two Harbors. Together they raised four children.
Vern was an active mem- ber of the United Church, where he sang in the choir and was among the first to volunteer whenever there was work to be done. He was also an active volunteer with the Salvation Army for many years and a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He was known in his community as “Mr. Texaco,” as he operated Vern’s Texaco on Seventh Avenue for many years. His generosity, humor, and effusive personality made him a favorite of customers who returned year after year.
He loved to hunt and fish and regarded being in the woods as the closest thing to heaven. He was an avid sports fan from the hockey he and his brothers played on the frozen Stewart River near the family farm to the baseball he later played for local teams.
He and his three younger brothers formed a quartet and sang at family gatherings, accompanied by their sister, Elsie, on the piano.
In his 70s, he added his beautiful tenor voice to “The Old Timer’s Band,” years he regarded as some of the best of his life. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend to all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Alice; his parents; sister Elsie; brothers Elmer, Earl, Roy, Walter, and Alden.
He is survived by daugh- ters Judith (Donald) Grody of New York City and Kathryn Anderson of Minneapolis; sons Keith (Kathy) of Wayzata and Tom (Marsha) of Two Harbors; grandchildren Patrick, Eric, Tara, Chris, and Sam; great-grandchildren Zachary Wyatt, Cecily Matilda, and Elsa Catherine; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. before a 3 p.m. service Saturday at United Church in Two Harbors.