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Raymond Anderson

July 4, 1915-Jan. 16, 2010

Raymond J. Anderson, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 21 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. continuing one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, January 22 at the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Brenda North officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Raymond Joseph Anderson was born to Gust and Mary (Anderson) Anderson on July 4, 1915 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes and Minneapolis, graduating from Central High, Minneapolis, in 1926. He married Marian Jennette McDowell on April 8, 1942 in Detroit Lakes, and together they farmed RayMar Acres until 1986, when they retired.

Ray J. served on the local Big Five Cooperative Board of Directors and the Audubon Cooperative Grain Elevator board. He was actively involved in the Farmers' Union organization and the National Democratic Farmer Labor Party all the way to the top leadership (including contact with Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale). He served as a delegate at national Democtratic Party conventions. He also served as Collin Peterson's treasurer during numerous campaigns.

Ray J. was one of the early leaders of the national ethanol movement, through his service as vice president of the National Gasohol Commission and President of the Minnesota Alcohol Fuels Association. He dedicated many hours and miles spreading "the word."

Surviving Ray J. are his wife, Marian; two sons, Donald G. Anderson of Detroit Lakes and Douglas (Kathy) Anderson of Brentwood, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Kirsten (Brad) Chesney of Murrfreesboro, Tenn., Daniel (Kristy) Anderson of Audubon, Amanda (Mickey) Schmitt of Franklin, Tenn., and Bethany (David) Ustanko of Fargo. He is also survived by six great grandchildren and a niece, Marilyn (David) Kerssen of Moorhead.

Preceding Ray J. in death were his parents, Gust and Mary Anderson; brother, Albert Anderson; and daughter-in-law, Joyce Anderson.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories of Ray J. may be shared online at