Russell Anderson

  • Born: October 4, 1933
  • Died: March 21, 2019
  • Location: New Richland, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family

Russell Clayton Anderson, age 85, of New Richland, MN, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his home. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland, MN. Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM Wednesday, March 27 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in the Freeborn Cemetery, and Pastor Paul Andree will officiate. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home of Wells is in charge of arrangements. Please see to leave online condolences.

Russell was born October 4, 1933 in Byron Twp., Waseca Co., MN, the son of Andrew and Carrie (Noftskar) Anderson. He married Jeanette Fetchenhier and to this union 4 daughters were born, and the couple later divorced. He married Avis Nelson on January 18, 1969 in Albert Lea, MN.

Russell was always a farmer at heart and was proud of carrying on the Anderson family legacy that started in 1883. He retired from Streaters after 35 years. He was a loving father to 4 daughters and grandfather to 7 grandchildren. He loved fishing, hunting and playing cards on Monday night. He was a very kind and generous person who always chose to remain anonymous. Russell was a faithful parishioner of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland. He had such a wonderful sense of humor and wit and was happy telling tales of his family's history and the area which he has lived his whole life. Russell was a loving brother and trusted friend to all who knew him. He lived his life on his own terms and passed away as he lived.

Russ is survived by daughters: Caron Musorafite of Green Brook, NJ, Wendy (Tom) Weiczerak of Shark River Hills, NJ, Kerry Sullivan of Hendersonville, TN, and Julie (Joe) Rodriguez, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; step-daughter Ann (Jim) Feist of Mankato, MN; grandchildren: Ryan Natusch of New Jersey, Taylor Weiczerak of New Jersey, Kelly, JoJo and Nolan Rodriguez of Florida, Patrick and Kaitlyn Sullivan of Tennessee, and Adam (Amber) Feist of Belle Plaine, MN; great-granddaughter Kati Feist; along with many much loved nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Carrie; wife Avis; siblings: Eleanor (Morris) Berg, Harold (Lou) Anderson, George (Anne) Anderson, Laura (Cliff) Hanson, Arnold Anderson and Walter (Dorothy) Anderson.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Russ was such a gentle, kindly soul. He had a gruff exterior, but he wasn't like that at all. We played cards together for several years, both in Freeborn and Minnesota Lake, and I especially valued his quick wit and low-key sense of humor. Something about his comments always struck me funny, and I think he realized that; now and then, he'd make a wry comment and I'd look up just in time to see him gradually turn away. But he'd always catch my eye, and smirk every so slightly, and...that was it. Others would look over, and ask what was so funny. Nothing, I'd say, wondering how they could missed Russ' casual but very clever remark. I'll miss Russ very much - there was just no one quite like him, anywhere. May God bless him always!

Posted by Mark Gruben - Freeborn, MN - Friend   March 28, 2019


I appreciated Russ' sharp, low-key sense of humor. We used to play cards together in Freeborn, and he'd make some wry comment - and I'd quickly look up just as he was turning away. But there'd be a glint in the corner of his eye, and he'd smirk every so casually. It just broke me up every time! Russ was a very humble, kind-hearted, generous man, and I'll miss him very much.

Posted by Mark Gruben - Freeborn, MN - friend   March 28, 2019

Blessings to the family as you celebrate your dad. Russ was always sweet to me. I will always remember Russ's steady person. Man of faith, loved his kids, cared for his wife.

Posted by Joanie Peterson - Freeborn, MN - Friend   March 28, 2019

Sorry for your loss of a father and friend. Prayers are with your families.
Buseth Family

Posted by Theresa Buseth - Fergus Falls, MN - Friend   March 27, 2019

Thinking of you Kerry and your family. God's blessings.

Posted by Renee Krogsgaard - Alden, MN - Friend   March 27, 2019

My deepest condolences for your loss.

Posted by JoAnne Burke    March 26, 2019