Roy H. Anderson

April 6, 1926April 13, 2011

Roy Howard “Howie” Anderson, age 85, lifelong resident of Duluth, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Solvay Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.

Roy was born April 6, 1926 in Duluth to John and Ida Anderson. He was a 1944 graduate of Central High School. Immediately after graduation Roy entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during WWII. Upon his return, Roy began his studies at UMD, graduating in 1951 with a degree in business and economics. On November 7, 1953, Roy married Audrey Brunberg. Roy worked for the D.M. & I.R. Railway Company retiring in 1981 after 30 years of service. Roy was a Mason for over 50 years, and a member of the Scottish Rite. He was a very active member of First Lutheran Church and served on various church boards and as an usher. Roy served on the Board of Directors at Gramercy Park and his high school reunion committee. He was also a member of the Lake Avenue Loafers.

Roy enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, golf, curling, bowling, cross country skiing, the cabin at Prairie Lake, his duck shack on Third River, but most of all watching and supporting his grandchildren’s sporting events and school activities. He savored the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Betty Gatlin.

Roy is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Audrey; daughters, Mary (Henry) Harper of Duluth and Claudia (Jeffery) Engelmeier of Sagniaw, MN.; four grandchildren, Melissa Engelmeier and Matthew Engelmeier, both of Saginaw, Zachary Harper and Jessica Harper, both of Duluth; his brother, John (Lois) of Peoria, AZ.; several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 11:30 until the 12:30 funeral service Saturday, April 16, 2011 at First Lutheran Church, 1100 East Superior Street. Please leave a memory or words of support for the family at In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church Foundation , First Lutheran Church Radio Fund or Solvay Hospice House.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Mark W. Boyce, Roy’s hospice nurse Marie Flaten, and the staff of Solvay Hospice House.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 16, 2011
  • Gathering of Family & Friends Saturday, April 16, 2011

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Steve & Chris Gatlin

April 15, 2011

Aunt Audrey,M.L.,& Claudia, We were so saddened to hear of Uncle Howie's passing. He'll always hold a special place in our hearts. He was such a wonderful man with a zest for life.I have a lifetime of great memories of our times together. See you Saturday.

Andrea Hansen

April 15, 2011

Mary Louise, Clauds and Aud ~
Just want to say to you what great memories I have of Howie......the biggest thing I think of when I see Howie, is that great smile and kind demeanor.....he was a man whose life was filled with content and happiness, and it simply radiated from him in his kindness and soft manner.
I will always have wonderful memories of your dad - I'm sure you all feel blessed to have had him as a father / husband - .....he was a great guy!
Love and strength to all of you as you walk this path ahead -

Karen Swanson Kegley

April 15, 2011

Audrey, Mary Louis, Claudia and families - so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. He is such a part of my Grandview Ave and church memories. My heart goes out to you all.

Kelly Shaughnessy

April 14, 2011

First of all, what a great picture! It's just how I will remember Uncle Howie, he always had a smile on his face! He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Wish we could ALL make the trip to celebrate his amazing life but you will be in my thoughts this weekend. Sending healing thoughts, lots of love, glad we all have so many great memories of good times to remember Uncle Howie!

Jeff & DeeAnn Anderson

April 14, 2011

What a wonderful man! We will miss you Uncle Howie. We have had many fun times together. We are comforted knowing you are at peace and will suffer no longer. Our love to your family.
In loving memory,

Dick and Jan Huston

April 14, 2011

Audrey, We're deeply sorry to hear of Roy's passing. He was a pal and buddy for many years. We'll always remember him.

Johnny Anderson

April 14, 2011

Uncle Howie will be sorely missed by his relatives in Phoenix. I could not have had a better Uncle. I will never forget all the great times we shared on his visits to Phoenix golfing and my visits to Duluth, especially at his cabin on Prairie Lake fishing and learning to ski. He is the best, rest in peace.

Roger Aschmeyer

April 14, 2011

Roy wss among the best, both as a work associate and a friend.