Arnold W. Anderson Sr.

Arnold W. Anderson Sr., 100, Oconto Falls, passed away peacefully on Sept. 3, 2019, with family present. He was born Nov. 11, 1918, to Anton and Astrid (Nelson) Anderson and lived a mile from the home he grew up in most of his life. Arnold worked with his father and brothers at Anton Anderson Lumber Company logging, sawing and plaining lumber.

Arnold married Viola VandenBush on April 11, 1942. The couple lived in California where Arnie worked for Consolidated Aircraft on B24 bombers. While there he developed a patent for the driving mechanism for the plane.

After returning home, he worked in the family lumber business until he formed Anderson & Schuettpelz with Russell Schuettpelz. Many homes were built by their hands. They also built and owned several post offices in the area, which they rented to the government until they were sold in 1997.

After Russell’s retirement, Anderson Supply Company was started so that Arnie could continue providing building supplies to friends and family into his 90s.

In addition to running the business, Arnie was a member of the local school board and later served on the Oconto Falls School Board. He served from 1957 to 1997 with the REA (Rural Electric Association), also known as the Oconto Electric Co-op where he held the positions of secretary, vice president, chairman and national delegate. Arnie made many trips to Washington, D.C., for the REA.

Arnold was awarded the Rural Urban Award in 1996. He was elected to the Oconto County Fair Board in 1963 and held various positions on that board until his retirement in 1996. He received the Hall of Fame Award at the State Fair Board Convention in 1990.

Arnie played the violin when he was young and spent time fishing. Later, he spent many Sundays playing baseball with his family in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. He loved to spend time in his workshop making anything from picture frames to entertainment centers.

His grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren always put a smile on his face. He also enjoyed the acquaintances of two foreign exchange students, Clara from Peru and Lisa from Italy, and going on fun adventures with his friend, Tom Clark.

Arnold is survived by Viola; their children; Arnold (Randae) Anderson Jr., Robert (Jenny) Anderson Sr., Sandra (Don) Pederson, Shirley (Dick) Murphy, Sharon Maaske, John Anderson, Janice (Mark) Trotter and Linnea Bonville; grandchildren, Sarah (George) Yee, Beth Jaime, Bobby Anderson, Melissa (Ryan) Leja, Christine (Troy) Poquette, Susan (Corey) Earl, Jolene (Jeff) Truckenbrod, Blake (Karri) Kozicki, Kyle Sturman, Drew Bonville, Brad Bonville and Craig (Suzie) Bonville; 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Alyce Ankerson; one brother, Merlin (Chet) Anderson; sisters-in-law, Donna VandenBush, Margaret (Muggs) VandenBush, Helen Anderson and Elaine Anderson; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Gary and David Pederson, Brett Maaske and Shari Anderson; son-in-law, Roger Murphy; four brothers; 16 brothers-in-law; and 12 sisters-in-law.

Jones Funeral Service served the Anderson family.

The family would like to thank Alpha Senior Concepts and Unity Hospice for their care of our Dad.