International Falls – Ron Anderson, of International Falls, 81, son of Clifford and Thelma Anderson, passed away peacefully alongside his family on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 after an 18 year fight with cancer.
Ronald Lee Anderson was born July 14, 1941 to parents Clifford and Thelma Anderson in Duluth. He spent his childhood growing up on the family farm in Fourtown. During those formidable years on the farm with his siblings, is where work ethic, strength, and Norwegian resilience was established and this character and integrity is what we know and love about Ron.
Ron moved to International Falls in 1961. Upon arriving he started working at Holiday Gas Station, but quickly moved to work at Insulite and then finally to Boise Cascade where he was a Beater Engineer and after almost 30 years retired from Boise and focused on other hobbies and loving his family. Not one to shy away from work, he developed Meadow View just West of I Falls, building numerous homes for others and himself. Loving carpentry and woodworking, Ron enjoyed spending time building cabinets, furniture, homes and specialty items for family and friends in “The Shop.”
Those who knew Ron would agree, even though he was horrible at “catching,” his favorite hobby was fishing for walleye. Ron’s smile, laugh, wisdom, love, and knowledge has been felt by many people and will be missed. His influence, desire to teach, and to help others in anyway is the legacy that will impact others for generations.
Ron is survived by three siblings, sister, Donna Rocha; brothers, Garold (Tom) and Gene Anderson; three children, Lynae Anderson and two sons LaVern Anderson and Richard Anderson (Wendy); and grandchildren, Chris Manka (Lisa), Matt Manka, Daniel Anderson (Hayley), Jordan Holesinger (Kendal), Alexis Anderson, Angelina Scholler (Ryan), Joshua Anderson; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Christian, Colton, Cooper, Emery, Katherine, Opal, and soon to come Hazel June. He is also survived by life partner and love, Cindy Black; bonus children, Joe and Jim (Amber) Black and daughter Tia Dvorak (Derek); bonus grandchildren, BreAna Black, Jaylyn Black (Matt), Faith Black, Alyssa Black, Natalee Black, Joelle Black, Matthew Black, Hunter Dvorak, Holden Dvorak, Haily and Lexi; and bonus great-grandchild, Aryana.
Ron is preceded in death by parents, Thelma and Clifford Anderson; and bonus son, Thomas Black.
Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at the Elks Lodge in downtown International Falls.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in memoriam of Ron Anderson to Mayo Clinic, Rochester – Oncology Dept. Thank you.
Arrangements are by Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc. in International Falls.