Wesley E. Anderson, 87, of Chatfield, died Nov. 7, 2015, at home on the farm, surrounded by family.

He was born March 24, 1928.

He grew up on the family farm near Chatfield and attended Chatfield High School and Ag School in the Twin Cities.

He married Dorothy L. Braun on Oct. 20, 1949, in Kellogg, and the couple farmed and raised their family in the Chatfield area. His wife died April 22, 1995.

He loved farming, was an avid pilot, collected antique cars and tractors and for many years owned and drove a team of draft horses. He and his wife hosted many fly-in breakfasts and barn dances and had many friends in the Chatfield area and beyond.

He is survived by a son, Marvin (Ann) Anderson of Chatfield; six daughters, Linda (Larry) Laures of Rochester, Susan (Gary) Eisenman and Julie (Ernie) Wright of Chatfield, Karen (Philip) Eickhoff of Fountain, Cindy (John Gorski) Anderson of Kansas City, Mo., and Lori (Marcus) Quam of Stewartville; son-in-law, Jeff Gathje of Rochester; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Marcella King of Spring Valley and sister-in-law, Mary Agler of California.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son, Steve; daughter, Kate Gathje; a brother and a sister.

A funeral service was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chatfield on Wednesday, Nov. 11, with the Rev. Tom Loomis officiating. Committal service followed in the Sumner Presbyterian Cemetery in rural Chatfield.

Memorials are preferred to the Sumner Presbyterian Cemetery.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield assisted the family with arrangements.

To share a memory of him or view his video tribute, visit rileyfuneralhomes.com.