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'Andy' Avery R. Anderson

“Andy” Avery R. Anderson, 86, died on Jan. 9, 2011, at Edgewood Vista senior living apartments in Brainerd, Minn.

Andy is survived by a son, Erik Anderson, of London, England; two grandchildren, Mason and Mariah Anderson; one nephew, Richard E. Anderson, of Pequot Lakes; and one niece, Joyce Humphrey, of Pine River.

Born and raised in Sharon, N.D., the son of Adolph and Amanda (Ostrem) Anderson. He had three siblings, Earl M. Anderson, of Pequot Lakes, Lloyd W. Anderson, of Mesa, Ariz., and Lillian Y. Leither, of Auburn, Calif.; and one infant son who preceded him in death. In his early years Andy helped on the family farm and assisted in his father’s general store. After graduating Sharon High School in 1942, Andy moved to Oakland, Calif., where he started working in the ship yards. Not long after his move, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served his country as a veteran of World War II. He served in the Century Division of the 7th Army. He landed on Utah Beach Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He and his unit fought their way to Belgium. He was a patient at the U.S. Army Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, along with Gen. Patton in December 1945. He was also a member of the Jenkins VFW. After his honorable discharge, he was employed by Anheuser Busch brewing company in Van Nuys, Calif., where he led a successful career as a brew master.

He resided in California most of his life, he retired at the young age of 55 where he enjoyed traveling on long summer breaks with his wife, Sue and son, Erik.  He always kept himself busy and enjoyed working in his hobby shop on various projects. Andy was an avid ham radio operator and was an assessor for Crow Wing County following his retirement. Andy was a free spirited individual who lived life on his terms, he wasn’t one to take orders, but could certainly give them out, which made him a unique individual and quite a character to those who knew him. In his later years Andy moved back to Pequot Lakes to enjoy and be closer to family members.

Funeral services are pending with Brenny Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes.