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May 14, 1932 – November 15, 2023

Darrell Raymond Anderson, age 91, was born in Red Wing, MN on May 14, 1932 and died in Buffalo, MN on November 15, 2023.

Darrell grew up on the family farm about a mile from Spring Garden Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls, MN. His first language was Swedish. He learned English in first grade at country school, which he attended through grade 8. He graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1950 and from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1954 with a BS in Business Management. After college he was drafted into the US Army, including serving 16 months in Darmstadt, Germany.

Darrell moved to Buffalo and married his college sweetheart Karleen (Leiseth) in 1958, and they were married for 40 years until her death in 1998. Together they turned an old schoolhouse into a home, and enjoyed gardening, canning, working on the house, and doing yard work and craft projects together. Together they raised four children. They built a cabin in the woods, took their kids camping in 48 states, and were active members of their Zion Lutheran church community. In later years they enjoyed going “antiquing” and traveling to places like Alaska and Nova Scotia with their truck camper. They made a lot of quilts together. They were a happy team, and losing Karleen to cancer was very hard.

Over the years Darrell worked for Nash Finch, Buffalo Coop Creamery, and Centra Sota Cooperative. He was the family historian and genealogist, kept good records of everything from expenses to birthdates, and had a great memory for people and places. He had a list of every car he’d ever owned. He liked to keep things well organized and hated to throw out anything that might be useful to someone someday. He liked lutefisk dinners and chocolate covered cherries. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In 2013 he was named a Wright County Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteer of the year.

He was preceded in death by his wife Karleen, parents Raymond and Eunice Anderson, parents-in-law Dorothy and Engvald Leiseth, brother Duane Anderson, granddaughter Ashley Walter, great granddaughter Cora Ingebretson, and goddaughter Carey Kopp.

He is survived by children Ramona (John) Backman, Conrad Anderson, Daniel (Laurie) Anderson, and Nathan Anderson; grandchildren Malorie (Matt) Drugg, Josh Walter, Logan (Natalie) Anderson, Whitney (Joe) Nasvik, Sarah (Bret) Ingebretson, and Anna (Arnold) Mutayoba; great-grandchildren Mason and Miles Drugg, Chloe Walter, Baker and Merrick Anderson, Roman Nasvik, and Augustus and Anna-Regina Mutayoba; brothers Dean (Donna) Anderson, Donald (Dorothy) Anderson, sister-in-law  Nadine Anderson, and brother-in-law Keith (Patty) Leiseth, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank friends Bob Dahl, Wes Mahlberg, Tom and Sheri Loeffler, and the staff of Park View and Triniti Hospice for all the help they gave our dad.

A funeral service for Darrell will be held on Monday, November 20 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo with Pastor Kari Bahe officiating. Interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Buffalo. Visitation will be at the church from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dave Ahlm

    It was truly a pleasure to have known Darrell, and to have worked with him a long time ago. He was a quality person in many ways. My thoughts to the family, rest Darrell.

  2. Robyn patri

    You will be missed! My condolences to the family!

  3. Denise Pietrzak

    My sincere condolences to the Anderson family..not only was Darrell my sweet uncle but also my Godfather.
    I have SO many wonderful loving memories of family get togethers and how much laughing there always was. He will be missed but I also know he has been reunited with Karleen the love of his life.

  4. Carol Secor

    Darrell was a good person and friend. He will be missed and he is at peace now. Prayers for all.

  5. Julie Johnson

    To Conrad, Ramona, Daniel and Nathan…..I am so sorry for your loss. It is an end to an Era of true goodness. God bless you all.


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