Thursday, December 30, 2010

Obituary - John Aanden

John (Johnny), 75, passed away Wed., Dec. 22. 2010 at the Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, MN after a long illness with complications of Valley Fever. The son of Oscar and Agnes (Nornes) Aanden of Beltrami, MN, he was born Feb. 2, 1935 in Crookston, MN. He grew up in Beltrami and graduated from Fertile High School in 1953. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Moorhead State and a Master of Science in School Administration from North Dakota State University. After serving with the US Army in Germany from 1957 to '59, he taught business at the Commercial Business College in Bismarck, ND and in 1960 joined the Herman, MN, school system serving as a business teacher and High School Principal until his retirement in 1993.

He married Arlene Eidsmoe of Nielsville, MN, in 1960. They had two children, Mitchell (Robin) of Litchfield and Lisa (Greg) Hanson of Cottage Grove, MN. Besides his wife and children he is survived by his sister Anne Marie of Eden Prairie, MN; grandsons Isaac, Alexander, and Samuel Hanson; step granddaughters Caitlin Fickel and Haley (Jason) Malherek of Litchfield, and three great granddaughters, McKenna and Elaina Fickel, and RaeLynn Malherek. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bernard (Corky) Aanden, and step grandson, David Fickel.

John was active in Herman's Bethel Lutheran Church and Dollars for Scholars. Both John and Arlene were honored in 1993 by the Herman Odd Fellows Hall of Fame for community service. His passion was flying; he was a member of the Agassiz Flyers, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and was manager of the Herman Municipal Airport.

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