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WINTHROP – Orlo Justin Anderson, 94, of Winthrop, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021 at the Winthrop Good Samaritan Society.

The funeral will be on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Winthrop with Pastor Erik Karlson as celebrant. Interment with military honors awarded by Winthrop’s Guard of Honor will be in Winthrop Cemetery.

Visitations will take place on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

The service will be broadcast live on the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home Facebook page starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon is helping the family.

To leave condolences online to your family, or to sign the guestbook, visit: mvfh.org

Orlo is survived by his wife, Virginia; his daughters, Renae (Terry) Wilhelm of Searles, Sheila (Dave) Honl of Deerwood and Rhonda (Tom) Wilhelm of Winthrop; son, Steven (Valerie) Anderson of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; sisters, Darlene Ehlert of Fergus Falls, Karen (Tex) Larson of Rothsay; brothers, LeRoy (Joan) Anderson of Fergus Falls and Keith (Eileen) Anderson of Alexandria; sister-in-law, Judy (Dave) Carlson of Richville; brother-in-law, Johnny Hought of Foxhome; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved bird, Sparky.

He was predeceased by his parents, Anton and Clara Anderson; in-laws, Anthony and Idella Ochalla; sisters, Marcella Heitkamp and Wanda Hought; brothers, Calmer Anderson and Lynn Anderson.

Orlo Justin Anderson was born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fergus Falls, MN on May 26, 1927 to Anton & Clara (Martinson) Anderson. It was confirmed at Vukku Lutheran Church, Foxhome, MN by JT Quanbeck. He attended Wilkin County District 54 Rural School, Campbell High School, and then graduated from the West Central School of Ag in Morris, MN in March 1945. In May 1945 he entered the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Nereus. He was honorably released on July 23, 1946. On November 29, 1947, he married Virginia Ochalla in Wahpeton, ND. This marriage was blessed with 4 children. Orlo has worked in sales and service for Ansley Dairy Equipment, Hawk Built Manufacturing, Long Manufacturing, JLCO Grain Dryers, USA and ITS Semi Trailer Sales. After his retirement, he drove trucks carrying peas, sweet corn and sugar beets. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and served several terms on the church board and on the cemetery board. He was also an active member of the American Legion as a Commanding Officer and Warrant Officer, VFW, and Honor Guard. Orlo received the Winthrop Chamber Service Award in 2017 and served as Grand Marshall for the 2018 Farm City Funfest Parade.

For more than 50 years, Orlo has passed down the family tradition of making Krumkake at Christmas and on special occasions to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed working with wood, making lots of furniture and cabinets, tinkering and fixing things, taking care of his lawn, but his favorite thing was spending time with his family.

When a stroke on Christmas Eve 2020 took his memory away, Orlo became a resident of Oak Terrace in Gaylord and moved to the Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop on May 23, 2021 to be closer to his family. Even with the confusion of the stroke, he was telling everyone what a wonderful family he had and how much he loved us all, and that God had blessed him with a good life. Blessed be his memory.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.


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