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Walter “Bucky” Edgar Anderson, 69, of Akeley, Minn., passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.
It was Walter’s wish to not have a funeral service, but instead a celebration of his life, which was held May 7 at the Spencer Ross American Legion Post 134 in Walker.
Bucky was born in Walker, Minn., Sept. 27, 1947, the son of Walter and Joan (Foley) Anderson.
Like most people from northern Minnesota, Walter loved to camp, fish and hunt.  He was most happy just sitting around a bonfire when he had company and cooking many meals on his grill. He enjoyed restoring old cars and listening to classic rock music. Walter and his dog, Rodya, did everything together and were good buddies.
Walter grew up in Walker and graduated from high school and enlisted in the Air Force in 1965. He was stationed in Germany, and when he returned he married Linda Hillberg in 1969. Together they added three children to their family: Kerry, Laurel and Cale. They lived most of their lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis until 2002 when they retired to their lake home in Akeley.
Walter was a loyal member of Teamsters Local 120 and a lifelong member of the Spencer Ross American Legion Post 134.
Those he joins are his parents, Walter and Joan.
Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Linda (Hillberg) Anderson; son, Cale (Melissa) Anderson; daughters, Laurel Anderson and Kerry (Tommy) Zimmer; brothers, Nils and Jim Anderson; grandchildren, Sarah, Natalie, Mallory; and special boys, Dietrich and Jack.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
Walter’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, Minn.

Ruth Arlene Jesperson-Nims, 81, of Akeley, Minn., died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at her home.
Funeral services will be held April 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hackensack, Minn. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services. Luncheon fellowship will be held at the church following the services. Interment will be held at the Akeley City Cemetery.
Ruth was born Sept. 1, 1935, in Walker, Minn., the daughter of George Frank and Billie Mayo (Skare Croff) Lueck. She lived in California, Oregon, Walker, Hackensack and Akeley. She attended school at Portland Union Academy and the community college in Detroit Lakes, where she excelled in chef’s training. She was a nurse tech in nursing homes. She was a certified EMT and First Responder, serving the Akeley area.
She loved her family and she loved to garden, collect recipes, cook them and entertain all. She was an accomplished story teller. She attended the Hackensack Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hackensack.   
Ruth is survived by her children, Mike Hilderbrand of Akeley, Linda Schmid of Moorhead, Donna (Jim) Jaster of Waverly, Linda Wood of Troutdale, Ore., Jim Stumpf of Waconia, Nathan Nims of Sebeka, Delmar Nims of Denver, Billie Jo Young and Max Wood of Portland, Oregon; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings, George (Bonnie) Lueck, Matt (Rosanne) Lueck, Karen (Ted) Roller, Ivy Yeats, Stanley Skare and Rosie (Kevin) Miller.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Ashley Nims; her grandparents; and brother, Danny Lueck.

1899 - Skid crew for the Akeley Lumber Co.

1929 Akeley Ads

1902 Milton Moore brick mill south of Akeley

1910_RRLC_2-jammer loading logs at Big Bass Lake

says "1898 Akeley Mill camp North of Akeley"

April 14, 1926 Akeley Herald Tribune
Front Page - All about the fire.

This edition was printed by the Cass County Pioneer because the fire destroyed the Akeley Herald Tribune.

Outdoor Life – Outdoor Recreation
September 1928


By Robert Page Lincoln

1902 Frank Brean Story of being lost while hunting


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