E. Anderson

Obituary of E. Charles Anderson

E. Charles Anderson (1929-2022) The Rev. Dr. E. Charles Anderson, age 93, formerly of Edina, has died. He was born May 14, 1929, the fourth of eight children to Edwin and Esther Anderson at home on the family farm in Audubon County, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Christian faith. His life was rich with birth family, uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law Norman and Josephine Voxland. While in graduate school, he married Joan Voxland. She survives him, as does his daughter Julie Gaitonde, son Mark Anderson, granddaughter Shweta Gaitonde and her father, Sunil Gaitonde. Charles earned his B.A. from Dana College after which he served in the United States Air Force for four years, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He then enrolled at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Maywood) where he received his M.Div. degree. Ordination followed during the 1959 Rocky Mountain Synod convention held at Messiah Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado. He later earned his D.Min., also from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). A rostered pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), he was mission developer and first-called pastor for congregations in Las Cruces and Carlsbad, New Mexico, and in Monroe, Louisiana, after which he served congregations as senior pastor in Waterloo and in Des Moines, Iowa. In his retirement he also served four years as a visitation pastor, also in Des Moines. While in Las Cruces, Charles was chair of the Migrant Ministry Committee of the New Mexico Council of Churches. In Monroe, he was a representative of its Ministerial Alliance to the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). In Waterloo, he was chair of the Vietnamese Resettlement Committee for Lutheran Social Services of Iowa, as well as a board member of that organization. He was involved in campus ministry at New Mexico State University and at University of Louisiana, Monroe. Also surviving Charles are sisters Ella, Mary Ann, and Kathryn; sisters-in-law LaVaille, Estela, and Darlene; brother-in-law Ken; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his own parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Milton, Virgil, and Dallas; sister Carolyn; sisters-in-law Marge, Joan, and Shirley; brothers-in-law Earl and Allan. Charles loved his family. He was at home with the paint brush, hammer and saw – or the shovel, if planting trees or bushes. Together, Charles and Joan enjoyed camping when the children were small; later came the delight of a granddaughter. Over the years, Charles and Joan experienced all fifty states as well as significant trips abroad. Charles felt God’s presence throughout his living and in his dying. With Joan at his bedside, he breathed his last on the evening of December 23, 2022. Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis became the church home for Charles and Joan after they retired to Edina. Pastor Monica Hammersten of that church will officiate at Charles’ service at a later date due to current Covid and travel uncertainties. Burial of the cremated remains will be at Sunset Cemetery, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd. N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota. Those who desire may give gifts in Charles’ name to LSTC, ELCA World Hunger, or donor’s choice. “The longer we live / The more of your presence / We find, laid down, / Weave upon weave, / Within our lives.” -- John O’Donohue Cremation Society of Minnesota, Edina.

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