Russell Anderson

Russell Albert Anderson

May 28th, 1942 - September 15th, 2020
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Russell A. Anderson
Former Chief Justice Russell A. Anderson died Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Sally Anderson; and brother, Wayne. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Kristin (Ostby) Anderson; children, Rebecca (Jeffrey) Schmitz, John Anderson, and Sarah (Cooper) Harriss; granddaughters, Eva and Vivian Harriss; step-grandsons, Michael and Thomas Schmitz; brothers-in-law, Bryn (Barbara), Mark, and Karl (Mary Alice) Ostby. A private family service will be lived streamed ( Thursday, September 24th at 11 am, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Visitation, Wednesday, September 23rd from 5-7 pm at Gill Brothers Minneapolis Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419.
Interment ~ Frohn Eastside Cemetery, Bemidji, MN. Russ was a shining light to all the people he touched. He will be missed by family, colleagues and friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to honor his memory to any of the following organizations ~ Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Olaf College, Domestic Violence Council, or the University of Minnesota Law School.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612 861 6088
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gill Brothers Southwest Funeral Home
    5801 Lyndale Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55419
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 |
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    4100 Lyndale Ave. So.
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    Pr. Mary Pechauer
  • Interment

    Frohn Eastside Cemtery
    Address Not Available
    Bemidji, Minnesota
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Kevin McGrath

Posted at 08:43am
Kristi n and Family: please accept my condolences. I was privileged to be among Russ' first law clerks at the Minnesota Supreme Court. It was a wonderful year working with as fine a jurist as I've met. I quickly learned that his "I'm just a country Judge from the 9th" bit was just a bit. He was a man of keen intellect combined with a quest for justice. It would be impossible to detail all I learned from him, but during my time as a referee I would frequently remember telling me, "Kevin, as a judge, you can rule or lecture but you shouldn't do both." My times visiting his evidence class were joyous; he loved teaching and was so gracious in his approach. Mostly though I will remember his stories about family. Family was first and foremost to Russ and that never escaped a conversation: he asked about my family and proudly talked about his. My condolences on your loss. I'm grateful for the time I spent with him.

John Lindstrom

Posted at 04:58pm
Russ and I we’re appointed as district judges in 1976. He became a giant in Minnesota justice, raising to the role of Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Yet he ever forgot his roots. He respected the role of the trial judge. Rest In Peace my friend

John Lindstrom
New London, Mn

Peggy Chaput

Posted at 04:32pm
Kristin and family,
I have many fond memories of Russ and your family working for Court Administration in Crookston. Russ was a very wise man and had many stories to share. He also told me that the best advocate for your children is you as a parent. I never forgot that. I have thought about all of you over the years. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Posted at 09:24am
I was one of the lawyers in Judge Anderson’s very first civil jury trial as a new judge in Crookston. When the trial was over he asked us how he did. Realizing that he had a good sense of humor I told him that there were a few minor mess-ups but for the most part he did well. He laughed. After he became Chief Justice, addressing large groups of lawyers and judges, I heard him recall that conversation with a chuckle.
Russ was a very good lawyer, a very good judge and a very good Chief Justice. Most of all he was a good man and very approachable. We will miss him, and I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family.
Steve Cahill
Senior District Judge

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Posted at 12:42pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.'
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