Paul Andersen -- Rochester

October 11, 2018

Paul R. Andersen, 67, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.

Paul was born July 7, 1951, in Minneapolis, to Herman and Helga (Lassen) Andersen. He was a 1969 graduate of Bloomington Kennedy High School and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

On Dec. 29, 1973, in Minneapolis, Paul married Willette Svien.

Paul worked for IBM for 31 years and did some contract work for a couple years before fully enjoying his retirement. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Paul loved woodworking and volunteered at John Marshall High School, helping in the woodworking class and math department. He also enjoyed astronomy, watching “Jeopardy” and collecting match books.

Paul was a loving, soft spoken, respectful man. He had a humorous side and enjoyed telling jokes. Paul was very observant and enjoyed just taking life in as it happened.

He is survived by his daughter, Melony (Jerome) Brown, of Apple Valley. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Willette, and by his parents.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Ave. NW, Rochester. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Dr. Charles Ortloff will be officiating, with burial at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.

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