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Obituary: Leroy “Lee” Virgil Anderson

Leroy “Lee” Virgil Anderson, 74, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at his home in Prescott, Arizona.

Lee was born Feb. 27, 1943, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Virgil and Alice Anderson. He graduated from De La Salle High School in Minneapolis in 1961, and continued his education at the University of Minnesota, earning a bachelor’s degree in History. He was commissioned in 1966 as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. After multiple duty stations, a tour in Vietnam and attaining the rank of Captain, he left the Marine Corps to continue his pursuit of learning, obtaining an MBA from Pepperdine University and then attending Western State College of Law.

Following his military service, Lee became the administrator at Barstow Community Hospital. Lee moved to Victorville where he met Trish in 1982. Trish and Lee were married in 1986 after sharing a love of bridge. He changed fields and became a Special Ed teacher at Victor Valley Junior High School and retired after 17 years.

After retiring in 2005, Trish and Lee moved from Apple Valley, California to Prescott, Arizona. Throughout his life he enjoyed bowling, golfing, duplicate bridge, and watching his kids swim. He had a love for music, the Marine Corps, all of his kids, and all things football, especially the Minnesota Vikings and the Golden Gophers.

Lee is survived by his wife, Patricia (McMillan) Anderson of Prescott, Arizona; two sons, Thor Patrick Anderson of Fargo, North Dakota, and Craig (Theresa) Anderson of Forest Lake, Minnesota; a daughter, Lisa (Rob) Doherty of Macomb, Minnesota; two step-sons, Brian Dunlap of Eureka, California, and Timothy (Stephanie) Dunlap of Bradenton, Florida; two step-daughters, Julie (Jeffery) Fernstrom of Chicago, Illinois, and Erin Dunlap of Apple Valley, Minnesota; two sisters, Alice Anderson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and Yvonne “Bonnie” Anderson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin; one brother, Rev. Andy Anderson of Somerset, Wisconsin, seven grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Virgil and Alice Anderson; the mother of his children, Mary Anderson; brother-in-law, Gary Armstrong; his step-son, Donie Dunlap; and his nephew Matthew Armstrong.

Lee was a devout Roman Catholic and a man of faith. He attended daily mass at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott, Arizona, where he served as an eucharistic minister and lector. He began his study with the Holy Trinity Dominican Laity Chapter in 2006 and professed a life-long commitment in 2013.

Fr. Andy Anderson celebrated the funeral mass at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prescott, Arizona. Military honors followed the mass and interment will be at Cave Creek National Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Arrangements entrusted to Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes and Crematory. Sign the online guestbook at

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