Emmett D. AndersonEmmett D. Anderson, 81, of Cloquet, Minn., died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, surrounded by his family and close friends after complications with leukemia. He was born June 13, 1932, in Ogema, Wis., to Arvid and Lillian (Matson) Anderson. Emmett grew up in Ogema, attended the one room Ring School near the family farm, and graduated from Prentice High School.
Emmett D. Anderson, 81, of Cloquet, Minn., died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, surrounded by his family and close friends after complications with leukemia. He was born June 13, 1932, in Ogema, Wis., to Arvid and Lillian (Matson) Anderson. Emmett grew up in Ogema, attended the one room Ring School near the family farm, and graduated from Prentice High School.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) in 1955, Emmett served in the Air Force as a KC-97 refueling pilot. Emmett later earned a master's degree in counseling from UMD. He was a teacher and guidance counselor in Duluth, Hermantown and Cloquet public schools for 34 years. Emmett was a member of Governor Elmer Anderson's flight crew and was a 30-year member of the Air Force Reserve. He liked to tell the story of the first time he saw an airplane flying over the farm in 1939; only 30 years later he watched men walk on the moon.
Emmett married Kathryn (Mattinen) Anderson in 1963. They were married for 40 years until her premature death from cancer in 2004. Kathy and Emmett enjoyed spending time at Big Lake with Kathy's parents, Charlie and Vi, along with many friends and relatives. They were active in their church, most recently Our Savior's Lutheran in Cloquet. Emmett had a deep abiding faith and loved to serve others in his career as an educator. He got great satisfaction out of helping people with shoveling snow, grading driveways, taking down troublesome trees, or by visiting friends in the nursing home. His three grandsons were very special to him and he enjoyed going to many sporting events, concerts and graduations.
Emmett loved the outdoors all of his life, and took special joy in spotting wildlife, nurturing a promising balsam fir for a future Christmas tree, or driving scenic back roads. He harvested trees on the family farmstead from boyhood through his son's college years, and later built a log sauna on his Cloquet property. Emmett spent free time splitting and stacking wood, or tinkering with his Ford tractor “Mavis.”
Emmett was preceded in death by his parents; his childhood guardians, Victor, Edith and Grace Matson; his brother, Elwood; and his beloved wife, Kathy.
He is survived by his sons, Robert (Karen Nordholm Anderson) of Stillwater, Minn., and David of New York City, N.Y.; his grandsons, Bennett, Evan and Parker; his sisters, Emolyn Wendorf (his twin) and Dorothy Wanish, both of Wisconsin; and nieces, nephews and Godchildren.
Emmett's family would like to thank the dedicated staff at St. Luke's Infusion and Oncology, the Solvay Hospice House, and Dr. Basem Goueli for their loving care of Emmett during his last weeks.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service celebrating Emmett's life, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 615 12th St., Cloquet.
Memorials can be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Cloquet, or Solvay Hospice House, Duluth.
To leave an online condolence for Emmett's family, please visit www.handevidtfh.com. Arrangements with Handevidt Funeral and Cremation Service, Cloquet, 218-879-4636.
November 7, 2013 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.