Funeral services for Oscar J. Anderson, 83, of Milaca, will be Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Milaca Alliance Church in Milaca with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Milaca Alliance Church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial with military honors will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca.
Oscar died Monday, Aug. 19 doing what he loved to do most – farming.
He was born at home in Milaca to Samuel and Marion (Mathis) Anderson on Dec. 30, 1929. Oscar graduated from Milaca High School in 1947. He drove gas transport for Dahlin Transport and worked on his dad’s farm. Oscar was in the U.S. Army serving from Jan. 16, 1951 to Oct. 2, 1952 in Korea. Oscar saw heavy action as a tank commander in the Army National Guard when he was petitioned to the 25th Infantry Division of the 89th Tank Battalion. He received the Bronze Star as well as other medals.
He married Peggy Jennison on March 17, 1956. Oscar rented the farm from his folks and later bought the 120-acre farm on which he and Peggy reside.
He was the State Outstanding Young Farmer in 1960. He served on the Foreston Creamery Board for three years, ACS board for several years, Milaca and Fairview Hospital Boards for 22 years, First Baptist Church trustee for over 15 years and was a 4-H leader.
He was a lifetime member of the Hansen-Hayes American Legion Post #178 in Milaca. For many years, he led the Milaca Honor Guard recognizing veterans’ service to our country. He served as commander of the Legion in 2001 and 2002, following the footsteps of his father, who was a previous commander and his mother, who was a Legion auxiliary president. Oscar’s presence will be missed by his family and community.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Peggy; children, Sue (Paul) Gerten of Farmington, Minn., Amy Mackey of Tonka Bay, Minn., Sam (Brenda) Anderson of Rosemount and Lori (Maurie) Steinley of Lakeville, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild due in October.
Arrangements are by the Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca.