Bradley Anderson of Pine City passed away very unexpectedly while working in Hermantown, Minnesota on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the age of 55.
Bradley Duane Anderson was born on September 19, 1960 to Clarence “Duane” and Judith (Nys) Anderson in Rush City, Minnesota.
Brad grew up on the Anderson farm in Rock Creek, Minnesota and attended kindergarten through twelfth grade in Rush City Schools. Brad was a farmer first, driving tractors from age five helping custom farm with his dad over several years, the envy of teenage friends with his early tan.
Brad wasn’t afraid of hard work and got a job at Plastech Corporation working first as a press operator, and then as a forklift driver before he graduated from high school. He then moved to the tool room and completed 20 years with the company. This is where he met Marion in 1985. He became a father to her four daughters and loved them unconditionally from the start. Brad and Marion bought a hobby farm south of Pine City where they raised the family.
The next job was installing appliances with Marion as his job partner. Always interested in trucking, he pursued school through Schneider International and drove over the road for a year and half. Wanting to be home with his family, he took a job driving locally for Product Fab. Then landed his dream job with CTX out of Rush City where he talked highly of his bosses and their trucks.
Brad was humble and kind. He loved to talk to people where ever he went, whether it was at the ARCR Threshing Show, farm auctions, kids’ school activities, horse shows and trail rides. Brad enjoyed painting, playing games with the kids, thrift stores, vacations to Mexico and Texas, flower gardening and tractors. He helped anyone in need, never complained and always made a person laugh. His laugh was infectious! All who knew him have memories they will forever cherish.
Brad is survived by his life partner for 31 years, Marion Reitan of Pine City, parents “Duane” and Judy Anderson of Rush City, daughters Becky Surdey of Hinckley, Jennifer Lacey of Pine City, Kelly (Glen) Brynteson of Austin, Texas, Amy (Jason Wirth) Reitan of Pine City, grandchildren Erica and Alex Pangerl, Ashley Surdey, Talen Reitan, Thiele Brynteson, siblings Nancy (Dan) Siefert, Dale (Amy) Anderson all of Rush City, Jeanne (John) Philipsen of North Branch, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his son-in-law Shannon Lacey and nephew Matthew Siefert.
A Celebration of Brad’s life will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, June 7, 2016 with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service all at Anderson’s Rock Creek Relics. This is a casual, blue jean event.
Funeral arrangements for Bradley Anderson are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City-Olson Chapel