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Francis "Sport" Anderson

February 10, 2020
Estherville News

Funeral services for Francis "Sport" Anderson, 93, of Estherville, will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Estherville, with military rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91, both of Estherville. He passed away at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville on Jan. 31, 2020.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home.

Francis E. Anderson, son of Thorwald and Elma (Dick) Anderson, was born in Estherville, IA on Oct. 25, 1926. Sport attended and graduated from Gruver High School before enlisting in the United States Army in 1951. After he was honorably discharged in 1953, Francis returned home to begin farming.

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Francis 'Sport' Anderson

He married Edna Davisson on Jan. 28, 1954, and to this union two children were born, Mary and Jeff.

Sport was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed attending rodeos. He was an avid Hawkeye Basketball and Football fan. Sport also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Francis is survived by his wife Edna of Estherville; his children: Mary (Kevin) Bortvit of Estherville and Jeff (Marsha) Anderson of Estherville; four grandchildren: Kayla (Jordan) Huston of Williston, N.D., Jacob Bortvit of Estherville, IA, Suzanne (Michael Barrera) Anderson of Ireton, IA, and Bradley Anderson Of Estherville, IA; great-grandchildren: Lincoln Huston and Jenna Barrera; siblings: Mae Rose Eide of Estherville and Oliver Anderson of Estherville.

Francis is preceded in death by his parents, Thorwald and Elma (Dick) Anderson; brothers: Lars, Lester, and Harold Anderson; an infant brother: Francis Edward; and his sisters: Emmett Griese and Edith Brandt.



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