Ronald Frederick Anderson

November 1, 1920September 2, 2010

Ronald Frederick Anderson Ronald Frederick Anderson peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the age of 90 years less 2 months. He was born on November1, 1920 in Spooner, Minnesota, moving to Fort Frances, ON as a young child, and resided here, his whole life. As a young man, he enjoyed the outdoors, eventually becoming a scoutleader. He developed a love of gardening, woodworking and farming. He worked many different jobs, helping support his mother and sister. He started his retail career at the age of 15 at Wells Hardware on Scott Street and on the day after the Dance Fire began working for Rusty Green for the next 17 years. (He loved working with the juke boxes from Rainy River to Atikokan, travelling by passenger train.) In 1944, he met the love of his life Elaine Kleven, who he married on July 2, 1946. Soon after this he and Elaine entered into business with his mother to operate Betty’s of Fort Frances. Under his management the store grew. He enjoyed retailing, and especially talking with customers and helping them find the products they wanted. He made many great friends both in Fort Frances and throughout the Canadian retail community. Ron and Elaine, with their 3 children, Blair, Doug and Cheryl moved to Riverbend Acres Farm in Alberton in 1964. They raised cattle, and grew an organic garden. He and the boys participated in the cattle shows at the Emo Fair. The family enjoyed many happy days in the country. He retired in 1995, enjoying gardening, baking bread and spending time with Elaine, while still keeping his hand in the store. He is survived his wife, Elaine Anderson; children, Blair, Doug (Ann), Cheryl Armstrong(Robin), grandchildren Faith Moen (Peter), Justin and Will Anderson, great grandchildren: Lyla and Aidan Moen, as well as sister-in-law Delsie Cumming and brother in law Ron (Ruth) Kleven and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Betty, sister Peggy, son-in-law Lyle Armstrong, mother and father in law, Ella and Ronard Kleven, aunt Jessie Miller, uncle Stewart Easton, brothers in law Arnold Kleven, Harlan Ballard, and Bob Cumming, and sister in law Elvera Haver. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, Ontario with Reverend Barb Miller officiating. Interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, Ontario. Pallbearers will be Justin and Will Anderson, Peter Moen, Jim and Don Cumming and Robin Grimard. Should friends so desire, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Knox United Church Accessibility Fund, c/o 340 Church Street, Fort Frances, ON., P9A 1E1, or in care of Green Funeral Home, P.O. box 427, Fort Frances, ON., P9A 3M8. Online condolences may be made in care of



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Sheri Thornton

September 18, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

September 7, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the memories.
Carol Angus

Marilyn Allan

September 4, 2010

Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May the Lord be with you in the days ahead.God Bless.
Marilyn Allan
London Ontario

Debbie Larson

September 4, 2010

To the Anderson family,
My sincerest condolences for this loss to your family.Your Dad will always be remembered behind the counter at Betty's always looking so sharply dressed and chatting with the customers.One of my fond memories when I was in high school was shopping at your store and always coming out with something great! Thanks for that Mr. Anderson!

Cecile Hebert

September 4, 2010

Dear Andersons,

You were so blessed with such a special husband, father, grandfather. What a treasure you were given. May it help to know there are those who carry you in thoughts of appreciation and prayer as you struggle with your loss.
With sincerest condolences,
Cecile, Robert & Raylene Hebert

Ian Ballard

September 3, 2010

Uncle Ronnie was the greatest uncle a kid could ever have. Thirty something years later I can still hear his laugh of which he always had plenty. I learned a lot from him and will never forget him.

Bev Dawkins

September 3, 2010

Prayers and sympathies are sent to you Elaine, Blair, Doug and family and Cheryl and family.In friendship Bev


Fishing at Uncle Jack's on Clearwater


First Date with the Love of His Life at the Circus


The happiest day of Dad's life