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Marvin G Anderson

Marvin Gerhard Anderson, son of Nels Sr. and Ragna Anderson, was born in Detroit Lakes, MN on October 8, 1939 and died peacefully surrounded by family in his home in Mission Hill, SD on December 23, 2021.

Marvin (Marv) was very athletic and grew up playing sports throughout his childhood in Detroit Lakes. In 1947, Marv, Nels Jr. (his brother) and other friends put together the first organized baseball team in the area called the Detroit Lakes Northside Eagles. Marv played catcher and still has his first catcher's baseball mitt and team uniform.

Marv graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Lakers) in 1957. He graduated from Concordia University in Moorehead, MN in 1961. After college, he taught general science, biology, and physical education.

Marv married Gayle Burrows on December 26, 1959. Together they had three children, Dawn, Dana and Neal. Marv was remarried to Delores (Dee) Holzbauer on August 15, 1968 and together they had one son, Eric.

After his teaching career, he worked various jobs until starting his own business selling and servicing mobile homes in Watertown and Yankton, SD. From there, Marv and his best friend Paul began "buying and flipping" houses. They continued to work together until Marv finally decided it was time to fully retire.

Marv was creative and had a contagious personality. He was a hard worker and was always working on a new project. He was skilled in building, woodworking and glass etching. Marv prided himself on his Norwegian heritage and ancestry. He loved sharing the history behind a photograph or family heirloom. Marv took every opportunity to cheer on his favorite sports teams, but most of all he enjoyed watching Duke basketball and thought there was nothing better than a close game.

Marv is survived by his brother Nels Jr. (Nancy) Anderson of Hillsborough, NC; four children: Dawn (Mark) Vierling of Shakopee, MN, Dana (Jon) Lien of Lakeville, MN, Neal (Gina) Anderson of Yankton, SD and Eric (Heather) Anderson of Yankton, SD; nine grandchildren: Brianna Anderson (Phil), Taylor (Sadie) Spanton, Michaela (Caleb) Lammers, Lindsay Spanton, Brooke Vierling (Cameron), Abby Lien, Avery, Kamry and Sutton Anderson; three grandchildren through marriage, Ashton, Kylie and Shay Robinson; and many nieces and nephews.

Marv is preceded in death by his parents, Nels Sr. and Ragna Anderson and his wife of 53 years, Delores Anderson.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to:
Family of Marv Anderson
651 Bluebill Circle
Shakopee, MN 55379

All memorials will be donated to an organization chosen by the family that helps individuals suffering with anxiety and depression.

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Marv came to our house to build 3 sheds for us. We so enjoyed when he came over but he especially loved my cooking and couldn't get enough of it. Me and my family loved Marv like he was family and we considered him family. We will so miss him so much.

Rita and Gilbert Mendoza Jan 3 2022 8:24 PM

Great class and sports mate. Lots of good times growing up in Detroit Lakes. Always looked forward to seeing him at the '57 class reunions. Via con Dios.

Jim Huebner Dec 30 2021 1:48 PM

As a classmate of Marv, I can say he was a great guy. He was always up for a good time. We will miss him. My sympathies to his family

Mary Lou ODonnell Dec 29 2021 8:03 PM

My deepest sympathy to all you kids. Gayle and Marv stood up for us at our wedding. Did not realize we had the same anniversary dates.So very sorry to hear about Marv.

Sharron Johnson Dec 29 2021 11:25 AM

Neal and Family, so sorry to hear about your loss. I reflect back to my days at Fullerton Lbr. in Yankton, and it was always a joy to see Marv come into the store. He always had a smile on his face and made the day better.

God's Speed Marv

Dale R Thomsen Dec 29 2021 9:43 AM

I enjoyed stopping over to shoot the s**t with Marv when he was remodeling what once used to be the folks' mobile home next to me.

I always remember Marv having a smile on his face.

Deepest sympathy.

Ella Kocmich Dec 28 2021 8:54 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Marv's passing. He sold us our first house, and instantly became a friend. A true gentleman and genuinely great person to be around. God bless.

Joe And Kelly Sparks Dec 28 2021 11:35 AM