To the Editor:

Ecumen North Branch lost a feisty friend and benefactor when Clayton Anderson died last month. Mr. Anderson was 101. He served the North Branch area his entire life with his energy and personal resources, making North Branch a better place to live.

When he donated the land that would become Ecumen North Branch, long before he himself called it home, it was with a vision of this state-of-the-art senior living community in mind. Clayton Anderson made the future possible.

Over nearly a century, Mr. Anderson embraced – and shaped – the region surrounding Ecumen North Branch.  He had been a general store merchant, farmer, grocer and meat market operator, construction contractor, automobile dealer, Village Board and City Council member, civic organizer, land owner, and even regional historian.

Clayton Anderson’s enduring legacy will be that of a philanthropist.  He made Ecumen North Branch possible through his donation of land, and yet, when asked about his many contributions, he would always respond, “Give Evelyn the credit for everything,” in reference to his wife of more than 70 years.

Godspeed, Mr. Anderson, on your next journey, and thank you for helping create the future of senior housing and services in North Branch.

Pat Voelker, 

executive director

Ecumen North Branch

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