Lawrence "Duddy" DeWayne Anderson, 88

Lawrence DeWayne "Duddy" Anderson was born on August 14, 1927, one of four children to Alden and Hildur (Hjelm) Anderson, of rural Lowry, Minnesota. Duddy attended country school until 1938 when his family moved to Alexandria, where he continued his education and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1945. While in high school, Duddy started what was to be a long career, with the United States Postal Service, at the Alexandria Post Office. On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the United States Navy. While in the military, Duddy served his country during WWII, Korea War, and the National Guard. After 42 years of service, Duddy was honorably discharged as Sergeant First Class E7. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 38 years, starting as a city clerk and carrier , spending the last twenty years as a rural mail carrier. He was a true believer in the motto "The mail must get through". To this day his sons remember missing school to help deliver mail during snow storms in the winter.

On June 12, 1949, Duddy married Ruby Anderson and together they raised five children. They lived in Alexandria until 1972, when they built a home near Lake Mary. During retirement they lived in various locations , including wintering LaBelle, FL, until they moved to Evansville in 2012. Duddy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 40 years, a treasurer of many organizations, and a member of the Lowry American Legion. Some of Duddy's hobbies were bowling, golfing, fishing, puzzles, and playing cards, most of all pinochle. He loved all sports and was an avid Twins fan. During the 1950's and 1960's he umpired baseball and softball, using his loud voice to call balls, strikes and you're out! He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grand children, attending their sporting and church events. During retirement, Ruby and Duddy especially enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends.

On Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Duddy went to heaven at the age of eighty-eight. There he joined his beloved wife of sixty four years, Ruby; a son, Keith and his brother Marvin. He is survived by his three sons, Bruce (Carol), their four children and ten grandchildren; Robert (Pat), their four children and nine grandchildren; Jeff (Peg), their two children; one daughter, Carol DeLapp, and husband, Tim; daughter in law, Sue and three children and one grandchild; brother, Roger (Sandy) Anderson; sister, Gayle Pederson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois and Ronnie Larson; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Holmes City at 2:00 PM. A visitation will take place from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM prior to the service at the church. A burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery - Camp Ripley in Little Falls, MN, at a later date. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home.