Joel M. Anderson 212th 65-66

Joel M. Anderson, 74
Joel Myron Anderson, age 74, of Cokato, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at his home.

A memorial service will take place Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Cokato.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter (HMAS) located in Hutchinson, in Joel’s name.

Arrangements are being handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Cokato.

Joel was born April 28, 1942, in Cokato, to Myron and Lucille “Ginny” (Calgren) Anderson. He grew up in Cokato, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1960.

Joel began service in the United States Army March 19, 1964, where he served as a dog handler with the military police, and spent time in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged March 13, 1966.

After service, Joel came back to Cokato and went to work for Martinson Construction, and later for Honeywell, where he stayed until retirement at age 55.

Joel married Elizabeth “Betty” Griffin Nov. 27, 1971, The couple made their home in Cokato.

Joel enjoyed the outdoors; he liked to hunt, enjoyed guns, and dogs.

He was very active in his church, where he participated in Bible study, Sunday school, and men’s prayer breakfast. At one time, Joel and Betty facilitated their own church, meeting at first in their own home, and later a building in town.

Joel was an active member of American Legion Post 209 of Cokato, and member of the honor guard.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Cokato; and sons Brady and Justin Anderson of Chanhassen.

Joel was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Lucille; and sister Cindy Bergren.

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