Marvin J. Anderson
Marvin J. Anderson, 92, Lake Mills, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Lake Mills Care Center. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 18, at the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Scarville, with Mr. Kermit Singelstad officiating. Military honors will also be conducted at the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kris Dankers, Kody Dankers, Shannon Anderson and Asa Anderson. Jeremy Anderson is the honorary pallbearer. Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, is in charge of arrangements.
Marvin Jerome Anderson was born Sept. 14, 1927 in Winnebago County, to Olaf and Tena (Christian) Anderson. Marvin was baptized, confirmed and married at Bethel Lutheran Church, Vinje (rural Scarville), where he was a member his entire life. He went to country school and school in Kiester, Minn. Due to his mother’s illness, Marvin sacrificed his last years of schooling to help his father and brothers on the farm. He also did his share of the cooking for family and hired help.
Marvin was a WWII Navy Veteran. He served on the USS Alabama. He received an honorable discharge as a Seaman Second Class on July 12, 1946. He returned to Vinje and was dedicated to a lifetime of farming and livestock.
Marvin married Iolet Elaine “Dot” Simon on Feb. 5, 1950. They were married 65 years. The couple was blessed with two children: Terry and Linda. They made their home for 48 years on a farm west of Emmons, Minn. In 2008, they retired from farming and moved to Lake Mills.
Marvin loved the mountains and ghost towns. The family enjoyed many out west adventures each summer. Marv had his pilot’s license and flew small aircraft. Marvin and Dot enjoyed many winters in Arizona where they had homes in New River and at Pioneer Village. Marvin also enjoyed tractors, rodeos and good visits.
Marvin’s beloved wife, Dot, passed in 2016 and because of Winnebago County Public Health, he was able to stay in his home for another year. In 2017, Marvin became a resident of the Lake Mills Care Center, where he lived at the time of his passing.
Survivors include his two children: Terry (Deb) Anderson, New River, Ariz.; and Linda (Stuart) Dankers, Savage, Minn.; four grandsons: Shannon Anderson, Happy Valley, Ariz.; Jeremy Anderson, New River, Ariz.; Kris Dankers, Prior Lake, Minn.; and Kody Dankers, Apple Valley, Minn.; four great-grandchildren: Asa Anderson, Ahwatukee, Ariz.; Ariel Anderson, Tempe, Ariz.; and Kase and Kamrin Anderson, New River, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Rosie Simon, Albert Lea, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, and extended relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, I. Elaine “Dot” in 2016; two brothers and their wives: Luverne (Wilma) Anderson; and Omar (Harriet) Anderson; a brother-in-law, Sonny Simon; and a sister- and brother-in-law, Lila and Owen Edwin.