Willard “Willie” Curtiss Anderson, age 88 of Monticello, passed away on July 29, 2014, at the St. Therese Nursing Home of New Hope, MN. Visitation will be Monday, August 4, 2014, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello, MN. Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1:30 PM, at Community United Methodist Church, 9225 Jason Ave. NE, Monticello, MN, with Rev. Rhodel Jacobson officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery of Monticello. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
Willie was born to Curtiss and Vera (Swenson) Anderson on July 21, 1926. He was born in Enfield and raised in Monticello, MN, where he lived his entire life. As a young man, Willie graduated from Monticello Senior High School in 1943, where he lettered nine times in sports (three times in football as a quarterback, three times in basketball as a guard, and three times in baseball as the shortstop). He also played one year of minor league baseball in Fargo, ND. After high school, Willie enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1944-1946 as a quartermaster. After the service, Willie worked in the agricultural business, the insurance industry and the United States Postal Service (his favorite career). He was also retired from the Monticello Fire Department. Willie had a heart of gold and knew everyone. He loved people and people loved him.
On June 26, 1948, Willie married Marilyn, the love of his life, and they had two children. Willie was a 68-year member of the American Legion and a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). As a young man, Willie loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and sports enthusiast. Many of his fond memories came from time spent with his grandsons and his son enjoying these activities. Willie rarely missed a Minnesota Twins or Golden Gophers game.
Willie leaves behind his children Tim (Carol) Anderson of Big Lake, and Merrilee (Dale) Schwanz of Brooklyn Park; three grandchildren Ben (Jen) Anderson, Amy (Darren) Lundeen and Katie Anderson; three great grandchildren Ethan, Logan and Lily; and all of his dear friends who have turned into family for Willie. He is preceded in death by his father, mother, grandparents and wife.