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Millard A. Anderson

Millard A. Anderson

Millard A. Anderson, age 85, of Spring Valley, WI passed away peacefully on Thursday June 7, 2018. He was born Jan 9, 1933 in Spring Valley to Carl and Ingeborg (Gronne) Anderson. He grew up on the family farm in Gilman township. He attended the Lone Balsam one room school and then attended Spring Valley Schools until 9th grade-when he quit school to help on the family farm. Millard (17) met Darlene (13) at a dance hall that their parents brought them to where Millard stated he thought he would marry "that girl" one day. Millard did indeed marry Darlene Helmer on August 10, 1956 at Oak Grove Church in Prescott, WI. Together they were blessed with five children, sixteen grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. They bought a small farm "Stonehammer" along the Rush River and farmed there until 1964, then moved to the "home" farm, with his father. They farmed there until 1999- when they retired and moved to their house where they lived now. Millard farmed for a living, but his true passions were out in the woods cutting trees (to heat the house), and clearing land (to create more field land), and cooking maple syrup. He and Lawrence Pasch made quite a dangerous pair around chainsaws, gasoline, and brush fires. His famous line was "oh that won't hurt anything as he dropped a tree onto the truck. After a hard day's work he enjoyed a home cooked meal prepared for him by his wife. He could have been quite heavy from all the pie and cake that he enjoyed over lunch but he always managed to work it all off. Millard was always poked fun at for the way he would go from being so full he couldn't possibly eat another bite to so hungry he'd eat a skunk in a matter of minutes. He was always a small man but had no troubles stacking hay bales six to seven layers high. His other pastime was dancing on Saturday nights at El Paso and other local places. People loved to watch him and Darlene dance to their famous "Hop Polka". Millard also loved the great outdoors and would spend many summer nights (May to October) sleeping outside in a tent. In 2000, they moved an old turn of the century cabin to their property along the Rush River, which fulfilled a lifelong dream of his. During their retirement, Millard and Darlene were able to enjoy traveling with their grown children to places that included Hawaii, Alaska, and Norway and went on their own trip to Texas. Millard had an astounding faith life and would hold up a blade of grass after a day in the field and state this is how much we rely on God, we couldn't even make this little blade of grass grow without Him. Millard was a gentle, loving, kind, soul, who believed in hard work and honoring family and friends. Left to celebrate his life are his wife of 61 years, Darlene, his children, Monica (John) Robey, Roxanne (Steve) Kiefer, Tammy Pasch (Mark Wendlandt), Bonita (Larry) Pasch, and Byron (Sara) Anderson, his 16 grandchildren: Chris (Becca), Jenny, and Laura Robey, Josh (Rebecca), Andrew, and Hannah Kiefer, Tyler, Chad, and Amy Pasch (Melissa Lang), Brandon (Sangeetha) Pasch, Amanda (Charlie) Groepper, Nathan Pasch, Elizabeth, Grace, Ben, and Claire Anderson and 7 great grandchildren: Rocklyn Robey, Addelyn Pasch, Stella Kiefer, Trenton Groepper, Nyla Groepper, Georgeanna Kiefer, and Ethan Pasch. He also leaves behind his sister in-laws Dorothy Anderson, Marilyn Schroeder, and Joan Helmer and brother in-law Leon (Carol) Helmer, many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbors. Funeral was held Sunday June 10 at Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.