Brian A. Anderson, 64, of Ely, dies

Brian Arthur Anderson, 64, of Ely, passed away at his home Monday, October 19, 2015, surrounded by his loving wife and children after a brave four-year battle with limited Scleroderma/Crest Syndrome/Pulmonary Hypertension/PVOD.
Brian was born on November 30, 1950 to Arthur W. Anderson and Helen P. (Hall) Anderson in Ely. Brian graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1969 and the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a degree in Geography in 1973.
Brian married the love of his life, Ginny (Folz) Anderson on February 14, 1976. During his life Brian worked for the U.S. Forest Service, as a steelworker at Minntac, as a carpenter, and for 23 years in the Tower-Soudan Mine for the University of Minnesota.
Brian enjoyed fishing and hunting, camping trips to Basswood Lake, playing cribbage and smear and working around his home and garage in Ely. Brian was a loving husband and father. One of the greatest joys in his life were his grandchildren and the time he spent with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother William; father-in-law Jon Folz and mother-in-law Carolyn Folz; and niece Alison Folz.
Brian is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ginny; children: Jeff (Jason Vincent) of Duluth, Jill (Scott) Meldahl of Fergus Falls, and Kristin of Mountain Iron; grandchildren: Makayla and Evelyn Meldahl, Scarlett Anderson-Vieau, grandson Brian (to be born in March 2016); brother Robert (Jean); sisters-in-law Barbara Folz, Joan (Pete) Weckman, Carrie (Efren) Cazares, Kathleen Folz-Hood, Jamie Folz and brother-in-law Jon Folz Jr.; many nieces, nephews, dear friends and his faithful K-9 companion Dolly.
A celebration of life will take place from 12:30 p.m. -2 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Kerntz Funeral Home, 140 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN.