Obituary for Donald Anhorn

Donald Anhorn was born on July 3, 1927 in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Arthur and Mildred (Bergland) Anhorn, the oldest of five children. He was baptized into the Kingdom of God on September 4, 1927 at St Olaf Lutheran Church by Rev. Henry Noss and confirmed in the Christian faith. Don attended Austin public schools and graduated top male in his class of 1945. Sports were a large part of his high school years. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1945 to become a V5 fighter pilot, but the program was already filled. Don was placed in the […]

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Donald Anhorn was born on July 3, 1927 in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Arthur and Mildred (Bergland) Anhorn, the oldest of five children. He was baptized into the Kingdom of God on September 4, 1927 at St Olaf Lutheran Church by Rev. Henry Noss and confirmed in the Christian faith.

Don attended Austin public schools and graduated top male in his class of 1945. Sports were a large part of his high school years. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1945 to become a V5 fighter pilot, but the program was already filled. Don was placed in the radar tech program. The war ended in August just as he was scheduled to be on a carrier for the invasion of Japan on October 14, 1945. Don was released from the Navy in August 1946 and started Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota that fall.

He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in the spring of 1948 and entered Mineral Springs Sanitorium in Cannon Falls, Minnesota that June until March 1951. Seeking a drier climate, he continued his education at the University of Arizona, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a minor in mathematics. Following his graduation, he spent ten months in Europe until the spring of 1955. He did graduate study at the University of California and was a teaching assistant in philosophy.

He taught mathematics at Oakland City College and Vallejo Junior College in California from 1958 to 1960. He left teaching and became a computer programmer at the University of California radiation lab in 1960. Work continued at Lockheed, Stanford University, RCA, and the State of California. He retired in June 1985.

Don married fellow student, Sumiko Ikeda, in 1955 while he was a teaching assistant. They had three sons, Jeffrey, Derek and Stuart and they lived in Palo Alto, California for thirty years. They were active in civic affairs and the 50+ Fitness Association. Don took up running at age 57 and enjoyed the competition in both distance and sprints. He enjoyed bee keeping as a hobby.

Running in the WAVA World Games in Eugene, Oregon in 1989 precipitated a move to that city in 1993. Don served on the board of the Oregon Track Club Masters and was the Eugene Ambassador for 50+. His running and racing career ended in 2006 at the age of 79 due to back problems. Their greatest delight was then caring for their granddaughter, Tianna.

Don moved to Northfield, Minnesota in August 2013 after the death of his wife, Sumy. He lived in the Village on the Cannon.

The Lord Jesus, in His infinite wisdom, power and love called Don to Himself in everlasting glory on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at St Francis Hospital in Shakopee, Minnesota. Don’s earthly journey was 91 years, 4 months, 27 days.

Don will be remembered always by son Derek (Ruthann) Anhorn, granddaughter Tianna (Kenneth) Banfield, sister Janet (Richard) Gaughran, brother Ronald Anhorn, brother in law Dr. Duane Napp, brothers and sisters in law Robert & Gladys Ikeda, Noby & Susie Ikeda, Margaret & Ryo Kono and many nephews, nieces and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Sumy, infant son Jeffrey, son Stuart, parents, brother Robert (Audrey) Anhorn, and sister Arlene Napp.

A memorial service will be held at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield, at 2:00pm Saturday, November 10, 2018 with visitation 1 hour prior starting at 1:00pm. Burial will follow at the Crane Creek Cemetery in Owatonna, Minnesota also known as the Anhorn/Hoffman Family Cemetery.

I have carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you here to Me. -Exodus 19:4

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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November 10, 2018 - 2:00 PM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

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