Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Linn Grove. Rev. Russell Westbrook will officiate. Interment will follow at Barnes Township Cemetery at Linn Grove.
Leonard, the son of Earl Arthur and Elsie Belle (Phillips) Anderson, was born at Linn Grove on Aug. 20, 1921. He lived his youth and received his education at Linn Grove, graduating from the Linn Grove High School in 1938. Leonard served his country during World War II in the Army Air Force. He was inducted into the service on July 11, 1945, at Fort Snelling, Minn. and honorably discharged on Oct. 26, 1945, from Sheppard Field in Texas. Leonard was a member of the 3706th Army Air Force Base Unit.
He was united in marriage to Beryl Peterson on Feb. 21, 1943 at Linn Grove. The couple was blessed with two children: Cheryl and Barry. Their entire married lifetime has been spent in the Linn Grove area where Leonard was engaged in farming and was also employed as a heavy equipment operator. During his farming years, he was a member of the Hereford Cattle Association.
He was an airplane pilot, the fire chief of the Linn Grove Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the American Legion for over 60 years. Leonard's faith was an integral part of his life and he served his Lord through his membership at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Linn Grove. He was an elder in the church, sang in the choir, and also served as a Sunday School superintendent and teacher. In addition to serving his local church, Leonard shared his faith through the Cursillo ministry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Elsie; and one sister, Irene Anderson.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beryl, of Linn Grove; his children: Cheryl Anderson and husband, Paul of Linn Grove, and Barry Anderson and wife, Sharon of Ankeny; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, June Booth of Tracy, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Dean Peterson and wife, Sharon of Spencer; and a sister-in-law, Mary Peterson of Spencer.
The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.
Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the Sliefert Funeral Home website: www.sliefert.com