Anderson, Michael D.
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Michael D. Anderson, 64, of Marathon passed away on July 15, 2013 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Minneapolis, MN to the late Arthur and Florence Anderson.
Mike attended St. Lawrence Elementary School, Marshall High School, and the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1975. He joined active service with the Army in 1968 and served in the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division as a Pathfinder from 1969 to 1970. He remained in the Army Reserve for 20 years achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Mike and Kathy met at the University of Minnesota and were married in September of 1971 in St. Paul, Minnesota. They lived in the Twin Cities area for many years where Mike worked for Target, American National Bank, and National Computer Systems. In 1989 they moved to Wausau, WI with their two sons, Peter and William, where he worked for Fiskars for over a decade representing them worldwide as Director of Human Resources for Fiskars Consumer Products.
Mike and Kathy worked hard restoring the Historic Knox/Kreutzer House located on the corner of Fifth and Franklin Streets in the heart of the Andrew Warren Historic District of Wausau. A challenge to be sure, but it was a great labor of love and devotion to historic preservation. He made the cabinetry and exterior corbels for the restoration of the Yawkey House as well as created the new altar for the Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Wausau. Many Wausau Area structures contain his specialty trims and furniture. His passion for lifelong learning led him to have many interests during his life; stained glass, woodworking, farming, cattle raising, and alternative energy are but a few of his many interests and endeavors.
In 2004 Mike, using his many talents and resourcefulness, designed and built, with the help of Rick Mueller Construction Company of Edgar, a new home in the town of Marathon for which he created beautiful inlaid hardwood floors, specially designed wood trims, and furnishings.
Mike and Kathy raised two sons, Peter and William, of whom they are very proud. Peter (Betty) lives in South Carolina. William (Carly) lives in Illinois. Grandchildren Ethan and Brooklyn, and great grandchildren Adyn, Aynslee, and Lauryn have brought great joy to their lives.
Mike is survived by his wife Kathy, sons Peter and William, sister Jeanne Mraz of California and brother Jim Anderson (Kathy) of Minnesota, sisters-in-law Sue (Dick) Snoke of Georgia, Mary (Gary) Livingston of Minnesota, Nancy (Neil) Danielson of Minnesota, and many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.
There will be a gathering of family and friends at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the gathering with Military honors to follow. Military honors given by the American Legion Montgomery Plant Post #10, Wausau. Mike will be buried in Hammond Cemetery, Hammond, Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Condolences may be given at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His family extends a thank you to all of the staff at Aspirus Hosptial and Mount View Nursing Home for their tender care these past couple of months.
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
522 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from July 19 to July 21, 2013