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Carroll Leslie Anderson

Posted September 23, 2014 in Ames, Obituaries

March 24, 1923 – September 20, 2014

Carroll Anderson

Carroll Anderson

Carroll was born on March 24, 1923 near Radcliffe, Iowa to Walter and Mary (Friest) Anderson. He was a 1940 graduate of Radcliffe High School. Carroll was an Army Veteran of World War II serving in the 503rd Regiment Paratroop Combat Unit in Leyte and Negros in the Philippine Islands. Upon returning to the states, he brought his parachute for his hometown girl to make into her wedding dress. On July 27, 1946 they were married. To that union four children were born. They lived and farmed near Radcliffe until 1962 when they moved to Ames.

Living in Ames, Carroll enrolled at Iowa State University as a part-time adult student. He worked full-time, had various part-time jobs and was there for his family. In 1973, he completed one of his proudest accomplishments, earning his bachelor’s degree and becoming an ISU Alum.

After retiring in 1985 from 3M, he and Laurine moved to Harrison, Arkansas, before returning to Iowa in 2002 and settling in Story City.

Carroll L. Anderson, 91, of Story City died September 20, 2014 at Bethany Manor in Story City, after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s and cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Laurine of Story City; three sons, Brian (Elaine) Anderson of Ames, Conrad (Vicki) Anderson of Mt. Horeb, WI and Kent (Janeen) of Colorado Springs, CO; a daughter Gwen McElroy of Ames; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Carroll was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law Raymond Lewis McElroy; two brothers, Rueben and Obed and three sisters, Agnes Anderson, Marian Orton and Hazel Ostrem.

The family wants to express their sincere appreciation to the staff and caregivers at Bethany Life who enriched the quality of life for Carroll. God’s blessings to you.

Memorials may be directed to Bethany Life Communities or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Information provided by:
Soderstrum Funeral Home
618 Lafayette
Story City, IA 50248

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