Albert Anderegg, 105, was a veteran of World War I

  • Article by: BEN COHEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 10, 2006 - 11:14 PM

Albert Anderegg of Burnsville, a veteran of World War I, died at age 105 in Burnsville on Tuesday.

Albert Anderegg of Burnsville, a veteran of World War I, died at age 105 in Burnsville on Tuesday.

Anderegg, who served in the Twin Cities as a private while taking part in an R.O.T.C.-like program when he attended the University of Minnesota, served three months, from Oct. 12 to Dec. 11, 1918. He was discharged when the Army abandoned the program, said Dave Moody of the Dakota County Veterans Service office.

Anderegg, a St. Paul Central High School graduate, recalled training before and after class at the university as a member of the Students Army Training Corps.

"His shoes never got dry," said his wife, Lenora, of Burnsville.

The Rev. Gloria Swanson, the seniors chaplain for Anderegg's church, Prince of Peace Lutheran in Burnsville, said Anderegg was full of optimism. He bought a new car after turning 105 last Aug. 29.

In a church publication, he was asked what kept him so well in his 105th year.

"He looked at his wife," wrote the interviewer, and he said, "There she goes."

Not long after the war's end, Anderegg took a job at Lincoln National Bank of Minneapolis (later it became Norwest and now Wells Fargo). He worked for the bank for 47 years. He was an assistant bank manager when he retired in 1965.

He is survived by his wife.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13801 Fairview Drive, Burnsville. Visitation will be held there at 10 a.m.

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