James Harold Anderson was born March 24, 1921, in Newfolden, Minn., and died peacefully in Winona, July 24, 2013, at the age of 92.
James (“Jim”) is the son of Jennie (Lokken) and Harry Anderson. He lived on the family farm for 19 years and graduated from Newfolden High School in 1939. He attended college in Moorhead, Minn., for two years before being drafted into the Army. He served in the U.S. Army for three and one-half years, from 1942 to 1945, in the 772nd Tank Destroyer unit. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Jim met Olive Marguerite Sanford at Macalaster College in St. Paul, where he attended college for a year. Ollie and Jim were married on February 14, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. They moved to Moorhead, Minn. Jim graduated from Moorhead State University in 1948. Together, Ollie and Jim and their family lived in Fargo, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn., Washington, Iowa; and Winona, Minn.
Jim’s career began at the Minneapolis YMCA, first as the Director of Camp Idahopi, then as the Youth Director. Then he became the Executive Director of the Y in Washington, Iowa. The Winona YMCA recruited him to be their Executive Director in 1960, where he served for 25 years, until his retirement in 1985. During his tenure, the Y thrived in many respects, not the least of which was the purchase of the land that is now the Winona Y Day Camp. After his retirement, Jim remained active at the Y.
An athlete, Jim enjoyed a wide array of sports, both indoor and outdoor, including badminton, tennis, and golf. He was also committed to communitity service, participating in the founding of the Central Lutheran Church Foundation, as a member and past secretary of the Rotary Club, on the board of Westfield Golf Course, and the Heritage Committee of the YMCA. He presided as King of the Winter Carnival in 1986. During their retirement, he and Ollie traveled extensively in the United States, enjoying winters in Corpus Christi, Texas for 20 years. In the last three years, Jim and Ollie were active participants in the Callista Court community, where they made their home.
He is survived by a son, Lawrence John Anderson (Dianne) of Birmingham, Ala.; two daughters, Barbara Rose Anderson-Greenfield (Eileen Macholl) of New York, N.Y., and Linda Sue Goddard (Drew) of Buffalo, Minn.; a grandaughter, Elizabeth Greenfield of Oakland, Calif.; and his sister, Adeline Thornton, of Green Valley, Ariz.
Preceding him in death were his beloved wife, Olive Anderson (November 25, 1924 – December 5, 2012), after 65 years of joyful marriage; his parents; brothers Roy, Burton, and Ralph; sister, Muriel Nelson; and a grandson, Jacob Lokken Greenfield.
Memorial donations may be directed to either the Winona YMCA (207 Winona Street) or to Central Lutheran Church (259 West Wabasha), both in Winona, Minn., 55987.
A memorial service will be held at Central Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013. The service will be followed by a luncheon, where stories about Jim will be invited to be shared.
Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn.