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 Donald Einar Anderson

Donald Einar Anderson

Birth
Perley, Norman County, Minnesota, USA
Death 2 Jul 1961 (aged 46)
Perley, Norman County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Perley, Norman County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 79701641 · View Source
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Donald Einar Anderson, son of Einar D. and Nellie A. (Young), was born at Perley, MN 23 Feb 1915. He had one sister, Helen D. 29 Apr 1910 – 10 Jun 2001.

Donald attended the Perley School and graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. He went on to attend Moorhead State University and Bemidji State University before enlisting in the US Army Air Force.

He trained as a pilot and flew a P-38 overseas during WWII. He was shot down during the war and was Missing In Action before becoming a Prisoner of War. He was liberated at the war's end and returned to the US and spent some time rehabilitating a shoulder which had been broken in his escape from his airplane as it dropped into the Mediterranean Sea.

Donald married Alace Katherine Strommen on January 3, 1942, in Los Angeles, CA. Alace was born 19 Apr 1916 at Halstad, MN. She was the daughter of Nels O. Strommen (25 Oct 1869 – 24 Jun 1945) and Ida Helena Reitan Strommen (27 Mar 1884 – 17 Dec 1968). Alace had six brothers and sisters as follows: Orville Joseph 19 May 1903 – 19 Feb 1981 (Lily Mae Forde 31 Mar 1904 – 5 Oct 1976), Clarice "Irene" 17 Sep 1904 – 14 Oct 1991 (Oliver L. Lee 24 Oct 1904 – 23 Jun 1970), Nora "Harriett" 10 Dec 1906 – 8 Sep 1998 (Ingman "Ordean" Sterton 24 Sep 1903 – 9 May 1988), Florence Edith 13 Nov 1908 – 13 Jan 1999 (Anton "Miles" Wold 15 Mar 1904 – 22 Feb 1959 and Edward W. Oban 27 Dec 1908 – 1983), Harold Merlin 5 Sep 1911 – 14 Jul 1980 (Elizabeth "Betty" Harriet McNair 14 Jun 1918 – 10 Jun 1999) and Doris Mildred 6 Apr 1919 – living (Elder Haugen, div. and Ralph Stuart Hatcher 21 Jun 1907 – 22 Dec 1985).

Alace grew up in Halstad and graduated from Halstad High School. She went on to St. John's Hospital in Fargo for nurse's training and became a registered nurse.

After the war Don and Alace lived in Minneapolis, MN where Don attended Dunwoody Institute and Alace worked at Eital Hospital. During this time they adopted a son, Bruce Donald born November 30, 1947.

They moved back to Perley and lived on the Anderson Farm where Donald grew grain and milked cows. They continued farming until Donald became ill with throat cancer. He passed away July 2, 1961, at his farm home.

Funeral services for Donald were held at the Kirkebo Lutheran Church in Perley on July 7, 1961. Pastor R. L. Larson officiated.

After Donald's death Alace and Bruce moved to Fargo, ND where Alace returned to the VA Hospital as a registered nurse. She continued working there until her retirement.

Alace married Percival J. Miller 7 Oct 1972 and was later divorced. She eventually moved to Castle Rock, CO to spend her last years near to her son, Bruce. Alace passed away 16 Dec 2001 at Castle Rock, CO. Funeral services for her were held at the Olivet Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND on Apr 20, 2002. Inurnment was in the Bethania Lutheran Cemetery next to Donald.


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  • Created by: DAJacob
  • Added: 1 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79701641
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Einar Anderson (23 Feb 1915–2 Jul 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79701641, citing Bethania Lutheran Church Cemetery, Perley, Norman County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by DAJacob (contributor 47645223) .