Funeral services were held for Reuben Anderson, 85, of New York Mills, on May 29 at Apostolic Lutheran Church with Pastor Don Salo officiating. The hymns were sung by Andy and Janet Tumberg and the congregation, with Louise Amberg as accompanist. The pallbearers were his 12 grandchildren. Military honors were provided by the Charles D. Center VFW Post #3289 of New York Mills and the Minnesota Army National Guard of Moorhead, Minn. Reuben was laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery, New York Mills.
Reuben Arnold Anderson was born on April 21, 1928 in New York Mills to Andrew and Senia (Koski) Anderson. Reuben spent his younger years on the family farm in Newton Township, attending school at District #105. When his father, Andrew, passed away in 1940, Senia moved the Anderson family into New York Mills. Reuben attended New York Mills High School until 11th grade and then joined, and proudly served, in the United States Navy from 1946-1948. He received his New York Mills High School diploma while serving in the military. When Reuben returned home, he worked road construction as a heavy equipment operator and continued this profession for 50 years.
On Jan. 4, 1950 Reuben was united in marriage to Bernice Rose Sweere and their marriage was blessed with four children. They traveled for seven years around Minnesota while Reuben was working on road construction. Then in 1957, they purchased a farm in Homestead Township, north of New York Mills. After 18 years of dairy farming, they sold the farm in 1975 and moved into New York Mills. Reuben retired from road construction in November of 2000. He contributed to his community by serving on several board of directors including Apostolic Lutheran Church, Woodland Cemetery, Elders' Home, Elders' Home Foundation, and also as president of Finn Creek Museum. He enjoyed woodworking, golfing and fishing; especially winter fishing.
On May 24, Reuben passed away at home with his family by his side and while under the care of Red River Valley Hospice. Reuben will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Reuben in death were his parents, Andrew and Senia; sister, Elsie Isaacson; brothers, Wilbert, Verner and Ernest Anderson; brother-in-law, Marvin Isaacson; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Anderson and Evelyn Anderson.
Reuben is survived by his wife, Bernice of New York Mills; brothers, Reino (Jean) Anderson of Park Rapids, Minn. and Rudy (Mary) Anderson of Blaine; daughters, Kathleen (Dean) Simpson of New York Mills, Joyce (John) Boubel of San Antonio and Diane (Terry) Hepola of Perham; son, Douglas (Melissa) Anderson of Elk River; 12 grandchildren, Brendt (Nicole) Simpson, Kristen (Jim) Chandler, Sarah (John) Damhof, Beth (Mark) Carlock, Shawn (Kara) Boubel, Andrew, Travis, Matthew Boubel, Cory (Ca-mille) Hepola, Chelsea (Andy) Marthaler, Melanie, Brianna Anderson; 10 great-grandchildren: Thomas, Katelyn Simpson; Brooks, Maxwell Chandler; Sophie Damhof; Dane Carlock; Zachary, Allison, Wyatt Boubel; Dru Marthaler; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were provided by Karvonen & Son Funeral Home, New York Mills. Online tributes may be posted at www.karvonenfuneralhome.com.