Gerald K. Anderson, 83 of Esko passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born April 3, 1937 in Cloquet to Howard and Dorothy Anderson. He graduated from Esko High School. Jerry was the last surviving member of the starting five from the 1955 Esko State Consolation Championship Basketball team. On October 13, 1956 he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Duzan. Jerry worked at Wood Conversion Company and Elliott Meats before starting his own commercial cleaning business in which he retired from in 2016.
Jerry had so many friends, he would walk up to any person and start up a conversation anytime. Jerry loved camping and fishing with family and friends as well as fishing off the dock at Lake Vermillion, then heading to the campfire after dark. In the fall it was tradition to spend his weekends at the hunting shack with the guys. He especially loved his Ice house on Lake of the Woods and most recently on Red Lake. He always said the mail box will be out front until the ice road melts. Jerry & Lois loved watching High School Basketball games and attended as many as they could. Jerry was so very proud of his Eskomos when the boys won the State title in 2014 and the girls placed 3rd.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Ervon and Dorothy Duzan; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Duzan.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois; sons, Curtis (Denise) Anderson, Todd (Sue) Anderson both of Esko, and Shawn (Cyndi) Anderson of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Cindy (Jeff) Salo of Esko; brothers, Richard (Winnie) of Esko and Fred (Bonnie) of Cloquet; sisters, Barbara (Edward) Stahlbusch of Barnum and Janet (Doug) Neisen of Cloquet; brother-in-law, Richard Duzan of Shakopee; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A family only in person funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. From the funeral home parking lot other relatives and friends can listen to the service on FM 98.3. A video recording of the funeral will be available on the funeral home website later on Wednesday afternoon. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com
DEC 23. 2:00 PM (CST)
Atkins Northland Funeral Home
801 14th St.
Cloquet, MN 55720