Lawrence Edwin Anderson, Jr. "Larry", 75, of Eau Claire, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Oakwood Health Services in Altoona and St. Croix Hospice, early Thursday morning November 19, 2020. He had been a resident at Oakwood since July 24, 2019.
Larry was born to Lawrence Edwin Anderson, Sr. and Norma (Admire) Anderson on November 10, 1945 in Emporia, Kansas. Most of Larry's youth was spent in the Minnewaukan and Leeds, ND area. He graduated from Minnewaukan High School of North Dakota in 1963 at the age of 17. After graduation he enlisted in the US Navy during the Vietnam Era. He was aboard the USS Greenlet ASR 10, a submarine rescue ship stationed out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a very proud and patriotic Veteran and loved his country. Larry was a life time member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter WI 21 since 2002.
After the Navy, Larry attended the Wahpeton State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND. While
attending school he was united in marriage to Deborah A. Fischer on November 14, 1969 in Minnewaukan, ND. They later divorced. Larry and family moved to Ellendale, ND while he attended Trinity Bible Institute from 1976 to 1979. Shortly after graduating from Trinity, Larry became ordained as Reverend Lawrence Anderson in 1980. After having their 5 children, Larry and family moved to Jamestown, ND where Larry was a Jamestown police officer. From 1986-1988 Larry and his family were instrumental in forging a path to legalize homeschooling in ND.
In 1988 Larry moved with his family to Eau Claire, WI where Larry attended and graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College, for computer programming.
While in Eau Claire he went to many noon AA meetings at Alano Club 12. Carol accompanied Larry to many open meetings also. On June 8, 2020 he was proud to celebrate 32 years clean and sober.
On August 14,1999 Larry married Carol (Barnett) Anderson at Owen Park in Eau Claire. Since 2003, Larry and Carol lived in Altoona and Eau Claire. Larry and Carol were media members of the Family Worship Center, Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, Baton Rouge, LA. Larry never missed an opportunity to tell others about his Lord Jesus whom he loved above all others. Larry loved listening to the 24/7/365 day messages on Son Life TV and radio. He also loved to listen to the old time gospel music every chance he got! Larry loved music and played guitar accompanying his father who played the accordion.
Larry had many jobs through his life time as he was very intelligent, talented, and creative. He made beautiful leather work, worked in a print shop, was a photographer and helped in his Grandfather's photography studio, learned HAMM radio, did woodwork, was a chief of Police, was an avid writer of beautiful poetry and was in the process of writing, "The Greatest Story Ever Told". He also had his own internet ministries. Carol was the recipient of many of his loving poems.
Larry loved nothing more than Jesus, his family, and his country.
Larry is survived by his 5 children, Alicia (Chuck) Broxmeyer, Lance Anderson, Aimee (Shawn) Beck, Naomi (Bill) Treinen, and Christine (Andrew Tallman) Anderson, 4 step childern, Rita (Matt) Sunday, Sandy (Steve) Bertram , Bob Barnett and Charlie (Rebecca) Barnett, whom he loved as his own. Larry and Carol had 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grand children between them. Three sisters, Janis (Dexter) Lee, Deb (Dennis) Bakken and Barb Higginbotham. Also m any nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
Larry is preceded in death by his father Lawrence, his mother Norma, his son Aaron Michael, and nephew David Caine. Also Carol's parents Lionel and Rita LeMere.
The family would like to thank the staff at Oakwood Health Services for the wonderful care that Larry received.
RIP My Love until we meet on the Banks of Jordon, Carol
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta.
Online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com