Anderson, Alan James of McGregor & Burnsville, MN. On Wednesday evening, August 14, 2013, the world lost one of its finest men. Alan was born January 27, 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota and spent his early years in Orchard Gardens (Burnsville) Minnesota. He graduated from Lakeville High School and attended the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State. After college, he joined the Army and served in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne. Upon returning to Minnesota, he began a long and varied career in restaurant management. He met, and in 1973, married Judy Miller. Although the marriage later ended in divorce, it produced the greatest joys of Alan's life...his sons Joshua, Brandon and Ben. He adored his sons and that feeling was returned by them tenfold. The essence of this man was amazing. His intelligence was fathomless. A voracious reader, he always had a book in his hands and read at least 4 novels every week. There was not a subject that he didn't know about and understand and couldn't discuss at length. He was witty, funny, charming, inspirational, honest to a fault, handsome!!, a loyal friend and a great story teller. He had a kind and loving heart and a curiosity and zest for life that always gave him the ability to enjoy each day. Even when, in July, 2011, he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, he met that challenge and went on to do the impossible. He beat the diagnosis. After a year of daily chemo, then surgery to remove the cancerous kidney, he was declared cancer free! Thankful, happy and excited, he began to pick up the pieces and start again. Alan was in the process of building a new home on his island property on his beloved Big Sandy Lake when, without warning, a heart attack took him from us. He left us much too soon, but he left peacefully in his sleep, having dozed off while reading yet another book, Alan's parents Leslie and Lois Anderson, and his grandparents, Rudy and Marie Wentura, preceded him in passing and are, no doubt, anxiously awaiting his arrival. Left behind to celebrate the life of this extraordinary man and to grieve his passing are his sons Joshua, Brandon and Ben; his granddaughters Marcella Grace, Frankielyn and Charliemay; his sister Elaine; and Hooch. Our love goes with Alan. Missing him has just begun. A remembrance gathering of friends and family was held Saturday evening, August 24, 2013. Cremation Society of MN (612) 825-2435
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Published in Star Tribune on Aug. 25, 2013