Kenneth Earle Anderson

June 5, 1918December 25, 2018
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Kenneth Earle Anderson, 100, of Schultz Lake passed away peacefully, on December 25, 2018, after spending a day surrounded by family. He was born June 5, 1918 to Edwin Quincy and Esther Anderson in Duluth, Minnesota, where he remained until his passing.

On September 18, 1941 Kenneth married Edna Johnson and together they had one child, Nancy. Kenneth was an active individual. From outdoor sports such as hunting, waterskiing, swimming, flying his float plane, camping with his cousin in the BWCA, and motorcycling until age 94; to indoor activities like drawing and playing cards, Kenneth found joy in being busy. He especially liked to work on old cars and motorcycles and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

During the Great Depression, Kenneth was employed by Civilian Conservation Corps. When World War II began, he proudly served his country in the United States Army where he fought in the South Pacific. Later in life, he was given the opportunity to participate in the Honor Flight as a tribute to his service. Following the war, Kenneth moved back to Duluth where he worked for Minnesota Power. While working there, he started by shoveling coal and eventually retired as the Superintendent of the Hibbard Steam Plant after 40 years.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his wife, Edna, daughter, Nancy K. Lawien, and son-in-law, Clarence W. Lawien.

“Gramp” will lovingly be missed by his grandchildren, John (Lizette) Lawien of Duluth, Wendy (Timothy) Wysocki of Cloquet, MN and Heidi Lawien of Chaska, MN. Many wonderful memories will be remembered by his great-grandchildren, Christian and Corbin Lawien and Whitney and Lexus Wysocki.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Paul Sanford and St. Luke’s Hospital for the excellent care they provided Kenneth and the community of friends from Schultz Lake for many years of fond memories.

If so desired, memorials can be sent to the St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Schultz Lake Property Owners Association.

Visitation 10 until the 11am Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, 5007 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery. Please leave a memory of Kenneth and words of support for the family at


  • John (Lizette) Lawien, Grandson
  • Wendy (Timothy) Wysocki, Granddaughter
  • Heidi Lawien, Granddaughter
  • Many wonderful memories will be remembered by his great-grandchildren, Christian and Corbin Lawien and Whitney and Lexus Wysocki.

  • Matt Opack, Active Pallbearer
  • Tim Wysocki, Active Pallbearer
  • Bob Walenczek, Active Pallbearer
  • Christian Lawien, Active Pallbearer
  • Corbin Lawien, Active Pallbearer
  • Howard Joseph, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019

Kenneth Earle Anderson

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Lizette Lawien

January 6, 2019

I remember being at the cabin on a weekday and walking out to the end of the dock seeing a clear, calm lake and thinking "The lake looks really good for skiing". I would then turn my head and look over to Anderson's where Grandpa was standing evidently thinking the same thing. He would yell "Do you want to go skiing?" I would say "OK". This went on for a few days. We had the perfect lake all to ourselves. Then one day John said "You know my grandpa is getting older. It might not be the best idea for you to take him skiing by yourself". Grandpa and I didn't care. We did it anyway. Although, it did make me think. That was probably about 30 years ago.

John Lawien

January 6, 2019

To Gramp,

We all made it through your service yesterday and for me, it was the most difficult thing I have ever done. Like you always were, I know you would be proud of us all. As I shared just a few of your incredible stories from over the years with your wonderful friends and Schultz Lake community, there were many I did not have the time to say.

A deeply personal memory I want you to hear is the one and only time we were upset with each other. You may remember as my driver who spent countless hours driving the ski boat for me while practicing for competitions, I was frustrated one Summer day when I was 14 with the way you were driving the boat. I showed my frustration and you were not pleased with my insensitive criticism. We didn't speak for days. Grandma finally stepped in as she was also uncomfortable seeing both of us like this and she helped me realize our time together was nothing about me or you, it was only about the special love we always had together. You can never be replaced, only loved and forever in my mind as you continue to guide me in everything I do. You prepared me well and I will continue to make you proud.

Love forever,


Heidi Lawien

January 3, 2019

Cliff Larsen

January 3, 2019

And the magic garage which contains some of the treasures on which Kenneth lavished so much care. (from 2011)

Cliff Larsen

January 3, 2019

From 2011 a picture of Kenneth and my brother Lance Larsen. Lance is holding a photo of the seven children of Paul and Inga Larsen (which includes, of course, Kenneth's mother Esther and my grandfather Clifford)

Cliff Larsen

January 3, 2019

from Cliff Larsen: This is prior to my annual fishing trip with my brother in 2011 (see next picture). Spending time with Kenneth was always our first stop.

Cheryl Sportys

January 3, 2019

Kenny was the most kind & gentle man. We would see him most every Saturday for lunch with the family, every time I have cherry pie I will think of him.he will be greatly missed by us all. What a wonderful person, & proud veteran.our prayers to the family.
Our love, Cheryl & family

Cliff Larsen

December 30, 2018

This is a photo from 2006 with Kenneth and his first cousin Cliff Larsen (my father). They were close throughout their lives. I thought they might live forever, Cliff died in 2013 at the age of 95.