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Carl Anderson
November 28, 1927 - September 21, 2014

Carl Anderson, 86, of Oelwein passed away on Sunday September 21, 2014.  Visitation will be from 3-7 PM on Thursday September 25, 2014 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral Services will be at 10:30 AM on Friday September 26, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  He will be laid to rest in Long Grove Cemetery at Maynard.  A memorial fund has been established.  For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

Carl Oscar Anderson was born on November 28, 1927 in rural Congerville, Illinois, and was the son of Oscar and Mabel (Swanson) Anderson. Carl passed away Sunday afternoon, September 21, at the family farm. Carl and his parents moved to Deer Creek, IL in 1936 where they farmed the Julia Wyss’s farm.  Carl was baptized and confirmed at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Washington, IL.  He attended grade school at Congerville, the Danfort one-room schoolhouse at Deer Creek, and then graduated from Deer Creek High School.

After graduation, Carl enlisted in the U.S Army in May 1947, completed his basic training at Ft. Knox, KY, and was honorably discharged Oct. 1948.   Carl attained the rank of corporal, with a qualification of Rifle M-1 Sharp Shooter. Following his military service, Carl returned to Illinois and began farming with his father.

On June 25, 1955, Carl was united in marriage to Wilma E. Rosebraugh in Charleston, IL. Together they farmed near Deer Creek and Chenoa, IL. In 1962, Carl & Wilma purchased their farm at Oelwein, IA and farmed until retirement in 1992, but remained living on the farm with his wife Wilma, tending to their large vegetable and floral gardens and beloved cats and faithful dog “Laddie”. 

Carl loved baseball and basketball almost as much as farming. He coached many Little League baseball players in Oelwein and elementary grade basketball players for Stanley school. Carl was a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan and belonged to the National Trapper’s Assoc., traveling all over the U.S. to attend conventions and add to his collection. Carl was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein where he served as an usher.

Carl is survived by his wife of 59 years, Wilma; 4 Sons, Greg (Diane) of Oro Valley, AZ, Eric of  Manchester, IA, Bruce of Onalaska, WI, Henry (Suzanne) of Baxter and 1 daughter Rosetta (special friend Matt Kula) of Oelwein, IA; nine grandchildren: Jamie, Brad, Kelsey, Alex, Evan, Isaac, Levi, Lucas and Emma; 2 great grandsons: Dylan and Damian; sister-in-law Virginia Goecker; many nieces, nephews, and relatives here and in Sweden.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Mabel; and his siblings: George, Roy, Rosemary and Robert. 


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Amy Ekstrand on October 3, 2014 at 6:14 AM said:

Rosetta, I just wanted to tell you that Im sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great person and he could always make me laugh. Even when he didnt feel the best he still had a smile on his face. Thank you for giving me the oppertunity to know your family. I will never forget you guys!! Nurse Amy
Joelyn Doty-Barker on October 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM said:

My deepest sympathies to Bruce and family. I remember your father as always having a little twinkle in his eyes--especially when he was smiling or laughing. I know your wonderful memories will keep him close in your hearts. God Bless.
Marcia Wakeford on September 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM said:

Our deepest sympathy to your family. You will be in our prayers.
Sheryl Gosse, Dick/Dalene Gosse & family on September 25, 2014 at 10:53 PM said:

Wilma & all family: We've shared a lot of friendships over the years as neighbors. We remember you kids on the school bus in the good ole days! You're dad was always there to help out anyone in need. What a great tribute of his life and so many accomplishments. Cherish the memories you each share over the years of family times then, now and in the future. Take care of mom now. Keep in touch w/each other and your families. Will see you soon.
Mike & Brenda Byars on September 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM said:

First, our condolences to our true and dear friend, son Bruce, and to all the family.

What a lovely detailed write-up of Carl's life history, highlights, interests and family. His impact was certainly far reaching, probably much more than the family realizes. Prayers are given to Carl's soul and his family.

Mike & Brenda

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