Francis 'Andy' Anderson

Friday, September 4, 2009
Francis 'Andy' Anderson

Funeral services for Mr. Francis "Andy" Anderson, 86, of Royal, were held Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. Rev. Deb Mechler will officiate the service.

Interment took place in Willow Creek Cemetery in Royal.

Mr. Anderson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Spencer Hospital.

Sue Brugman was the organist and Mark Joenks was the soloist. Hymns included "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" and "In The Garden."

Pallbearers were: Dennis Gonnerman, Josh Gonnerman, Brett Roberts, Jason Clements, Jonathon Mumm and Rick Burgeson.

Francis Richard Anderson, the son of H.P. Alfred and Ida Esther Rasmussen Anderson, was born March 5, 1923, in Royal, Iowa. He received his education and graduated from the Royal High School in 1940. In 1943, he entered the Navy Air Corp and received his basic training at Farragut, Idaho. He then transferred to the U.S. Navel Air School in Norman, Okla., to become an Aviation Machinist. Francis then went to the U.S. Naval Base in Olathe, Kansas, and then to Cape Canaveral, Fla. He was honorable discharged in 1946. Francis then attended Flight School in Estherville and received his Flight Instructors Rating and instructed for many years.

On Dec. 4, 1946, Francis was united in marriage to Nelle Myers in Jackson, Minn. In 1952, Francis purchased a grocery store in Royal and ran Andy's Food Market for 32 years and he also drove bus for Clay Central School for 20 years. He was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Leona Anderson; his daughter, Barbara Jo; granddaughter, Nichole Lucas; and his brother, Leonard Anderson.

Francis is survived by his wife, Nelle of Royal; his daughters: Nancy Anderson of Spirit Lake, Cheryl Lucas and her friend, Rick Burgeson of Royal, Vicki Ficken and her husband, Kent of Sutherland and Terri Gonnerman and her husband, Dennis of Des Moines; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Howard Anderson of Hamilton, Ohio; three sisters: Luella Lindt of Kingman, Kansas, Viola Hagedorn of Spirit Lake, and Darlene O'Sullivan of Spencer; other relatives and friends

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.