Henry Gordon Anderson – Alexandria Echo Press
Henry Gordon Anderson, 101, of Alexandria and Fountain Hills, Arizona, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday July 3, 2022 at Alomere Health in Alexandria.
A visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2022, at the Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with a prayer service led by the Reverend Jesse Carson beginning at 4 p.m. and ending with military honors bestowed by Minnesota. Honor guard.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2022, at East Union Lutheran Church in Carver with the Reverend Adam Teske officiating. A visitation will take place one hour before the church service. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
Henry Gordon was born on January 27, 1921 to Oscar and Anna (Rye) Anderson in Mankato, Minnesota. His exceptional height and athletic abilities gave him the opportunity to attend private school at Mankato College High School, where he played football and basketball. After graduating in 1939, he attended Mankato State University where he continued to excel in sports; playing football, basketball and also joined the track team. While on the track team, he competed in the 200 meter hurdles, 400 yard relay, javelin throw and high jump. At 19, he set the school high jump record and held it for several years. As well as playing sports at university, he drove for Royal Taxi, helped build the university’s ice rink and was a part-time cook at Wimpy’s Pantry, while remaining dedicated to his studies. While attending college, World War II had begun, and in November 1941, the day after the Japanese declaration of war, Gordon enlisted as an aviation cadet in the United States Air Force. He was first stationed in Del Rio, Texas, then was sent to Agra, India. During his service, he was part of the operations of the China Burma India Theatre. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he returned to Mankato State to complete his education. After graduation, he married his college sweetheart, Gloria Marilyn Olander, on June 4, 1950. He continued his education and received his master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota in 1955. Gordon served as a school administrator at Sanborn from 1948 to 1951; Hollandale 1951-1953; Ellendale 1953-1957; Wheaton 1957-1962; Le Sueur 1962-1966; and Hastings 1966-1981. After retiring in 1981, he worked as a consultant at NSP in their training division for several years. Throughout his career, Gordon has been active in several educational and community affairs, serving as President of Hastings Kiwanis, Lieutenant Governor of the St. Paul District of Kiwanis, and active in Toastmasters, Lions Club, American Legion and the Rotary International in several communities. .
Gordon had a great love of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing his favorite sport, which he started in his mid-thirties, golf. He viewed golf as a lifelong sport and was often quoted as saying “it can be played at any age”, which he led by example and continued to play until the age of 101 years old. In 2021 he was featured in MN Golf Magazine for continuing to play golf after turning 100. He enjoyed playing golf in the senior men’s league in Alexandria and various senior men’s leagues in Arizona. He often said that memories were created while playing golf. The Painted Mountain Men’s League in Mesa, Arizona threw him a party for his 100th and 101st birthdays. He has recorded five holes in one in his golfing career, the last of which came at age 98 at Painted Mountain Golf Resort. He played for over 25 years in the Resorters Golf Tournament at Alexandria Golf Club. He was honored to be the Honorary President of the 98th Resorters in 2019 and the Honorary Centennial Starter of the 100th Resorters in 2021. In addition to the Resorters, he played 30 consecutive years in the Birchmont Golf Tournament in Bemidji. It was always the family’s summer vacation. He also enjoyed playing in the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament in Detroit Lakes.
Gordon spent his winters in Fountain Hills, Arizona, where he enjoyed Bible studies at his church and the fellowship he experienced at Snap Fitness, where he trained three times a week. When he was in Arizona, you could always find him at church, golf or the gym.
His parents predeceased him; wife, Gloria; brother, Robert Anderson; sister, Grace Ronne; and his brother-in-law, Earl Olander.
Gordon is survived by his daughter, Mary (Craig) Rothfusz of Fargo, North Dakota; three grandchildren, Andrew, Abigail and Alexander; nephews, Bill and Gordy Anderson; and his niece, Kay (Arnie) Marshall.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Rothfusz, Alexander Rothfusz, Larry Goetze, Kent Hasse, Paul Lundquist and Tom Lundquist.
Honorary bearers are Bill Anderson, Gordy Anderson, David Ness, AJ Kluver, Jerry Rose, Lee Toft, Duffy Evavold, Alan Ribbie, Ron Daze, Don Wirth and Doug Hillstrom.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred at East Union Lutheran Church, Carver, MN, Living Word Lutheran Church, Alexandria, MN, and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Arrangements by Lind Family Funeral & Cremation Services, lindfamilyfh.com.