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Arden Anderson

March 21, 1927-March 16, 2011

Arden E. Anderson, 83, of Frazee, passed away at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to services at the church on Sunday.

Funeral services for Arden will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Frazee, with Reverend William Aufdenkamp officiating.

Interment will be in the spring at Dretsch Memorial Cemetery in Becker County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Arden was born to France and Agnes (Swenson) Anderson on March 21, 1927. He grew up and attended country school in Silver Leaf Township, Becker County, and went on to attend Frazee High School, graduating with the class of 1945.

Following his schooling, Arden began dairy farming in Frazee. Many will remember Arden always dressed in striped bib overalls when he was working at the dairy farm.

He was united in marriage to Isabell (Jager) Schaefer on July 2, 1966.

The couple made their home on the dairy farm in Frazee, where Arden graciously took on the task of fathering Bell's six children.

During his younger years, Arden enjoyed bowling, fishing with his children and grandchildren on the area lakes during the warm summer months, and the time he spent visiting with his family and friends. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed putting together puzzles or a good game of cards with his neighbors.

Arden's family would like to thank Dr. Kulasingham and the caring staff at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes for the loving care they took of Arden.

Surviving Arden are his wife Bell, of Frazee; six children, Russell (Carol) Schaefer of Detroit Lakes, Ronald Schaefer of Elbow Lake, Roger (Anita) Schaefer of Frazee, Robert Schaefer of Minneapolis, Rachel (Bryan) Vinz of Centennial, Colo., and Randall Schaefer of Fargo; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Benny.