Roy Anderson, 85, of Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

The funeral service to celebrate the life of Roy will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. Alex Amiot officiating. Burial will follow at First Lutheran Cemetery in Middle River, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Roy Arthur Anderson was born at home on the family farm on February 18, 1934 in Middle River, MN the son of Albert and Edith (Nelson) Anderson. He was baptized at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Thief Lake Township and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Middle River, MN. Roy graduated from Middle River High School with the class of 1951.

On November 14, 1953, Roy married LaVerne Halverson and to that union five children were born, Mitchell, Randy, Kim, Michelle and Dawn.

Roy worked for a bee keeper and construction until 1956 and then managed the Co-op in Middle River until 1972. From 1973-77 Roy worked for H & S Manufacturing in Hallock.

On December 31, 1977, Roy married Pat Petty and the couple made their home in Red Lake Falls, MN. He worked as a truck driver hauling many different things including milk, trailer houses and fuel. Roy retired at the age of 62. Pat passed away in 1999.

On November 2, 2002, Roy married Viola McKeever at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls. They made their home in Thief River Falls. The couple loved traveling, spending time at their place at Springsteel Resort and fishing at Lake Of The Woods.

Roy was a member of Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, American Legion Post 117 and Sons Of Norway.

Survivors include his loving wife, Viola; children, Mitch (Nancy) Anderson of Thief River Falls, Randy (LeAnn) Anderson of Roseau, MN, Kim Anderson of Middle River, MN, Michelle (Mike) Frericks of Thief River Falls, Dawn (Mark Jegela) Harder of Baudette, MN; Ralph (Betsy) McKeever of Middle River, Rachel Muldowney of Ruidoso, NM, and Larry (Patty Stephens) McKeever of Park Rapids, MN; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Lyla Hackenmueller, Ben Anderson and Evie Halverson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Dave Harder; great-grandson, Mason Perusse; and brother-in-law, James Schemel.


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