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Thomas J. AndersonMay 31, 1956 ~ October 16, 2017 (age 61)
Thomas J. Anderson, 61, of Warren, MN, passed away in his home, on October 16, 2017, under care of hospice, surrounded by his family, after a long, tough battle with cancer.
Thomas Jeffrey was born on May 31, 1956, in Minot, ND, to John S. Anderson Jr. and Mary Jane (Beyer) Anderson. He was raised in Minot, graduating from high school there and attending Minot State, where he would receive a degree in Business. On July 17, 1982, Tom was united in marriage to Jayne Arnfelt in New Richland, MN. The couple would make their home in Chaska, MN, where they raised three children, and Tom worked as a machinist.
His job, though important, took a backseat to his love of learning. Any chance he got, Tom would take classes, whether over the summer or at night. In 1999, at the age of 43, Tom finally went back to school full-time, moving the family to Minot to earn his degree in Education and follow in his father's footsteps. He began teaching in Twin Valley, MN, and received his Masters in Science Education through Montana State in 2012. His last teaching job was in Warren, where he retired in 2017. He had a great fondness for geology and space, which he attributed to watching the moon landing when he was thirteen.
In addition to being an academic, Tom also liked to work with his hands. Whether it was working on remodeling projects in any of the homes he owned, woodworking, painting landscapes, or making soap (which he never did get around to selling), he enjoyed being able to create things of value. He loved spending time with his family, especially at their cabin at Lake Metigoshe, and more recently, getting a chance to play with his two young grandsons.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jayne; children, Jon Anderson, Kim (Corey) Chapman, and Stacy (Dan) Montalvo all of Crookston; grandsons, Hunter Chapman and Dax Montalvo; brothers, John (Mary) Anderson and Bob (Elaine) Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Service: Friday, October 20, 2017, at 10:30 AM, in DuBore Funeral Home, Warren, MN.
Visitation: One hour prior.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations are preferred to:
The Alzheimers Association
225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl. 17 - Chicago, IL 60601