Pitcher N/A N/A COSMOS Hutchinson 1997


Eldred PORKY Anderson




"Eldred Charles "Porky" Anderson, 83, of Hutchinson died Saturday at the Hutchinson Community Hospital. The service will be at 11 a.m. today at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Burial with will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Cosmos with military honors by Cosmos Post 126 and the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad. Arrangements are with Dobratz-Hantge Chapel of Hutchinson. He was born Aug. 1, 1923, in Albee, S.D., to Albert and Anna (Rueckert) Anderson. He attended elementary school in Cosmos and was a graduate of Litchfield High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a halftrack driver. He participated in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes including the Battle of the Bulge. He received many military decorations and citations, including the Bronze Star. He married Martha Pankake on March 14, 1942, in Litchfield. They lived in Cosmos before moving to Hutchinson in 1960. She died in 2001. He worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Cosmos and later in Hutchinson as a supervisor. He retired in 1985 after 39 years of service. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, the Meeker County Last Man's Club of WWII, American Legion, 40/8, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cooties, Disabled American Veterans, Travelers Protective Association, Elks, Gopher Campfire Sportsman's Club, Brownton Rod and Gun Club and the Cedar Mills Rod and Gun Club. He helped his father charter an American Legion post in Cosmos, where he was a past commander. He also spearheaded efforts to organize memorial rifle squads in Cosmos and Hutchinson. He also participated in the development of the McLeod County Veterans Memorial Park. He played amateur baseball for several teams after high school. He coached an American Legion team and helped organize a Legion baseball league. He was a member of the American Legion Baseball program and the Hutchinson Baseball Association. He was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. He is survived by his sons: Jerry Anderson of Hutchinson, Richard (and Connie) Anderson of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter: Mary Anderson of Hutchinson; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Thomas Anderson; a grandson; and a sister. "


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