Pastor Harry Soren Andersen

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Pastor Harry Søren Andersen, the first Bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America passed away, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. The Memorial Service for Bishop Andersen is Jan. 2, 2016, at Ascension Lutheran Church, Minocqua, WI. Visitation is at 1 p.m.,  with the service at 2 p.m.
In 1943, Harry married his high school sweetheart and soul mate,  Dorothy Elaine Erickson.
They have 3 children: Elaine Bugge (Larry),  Craig (Sharon) and Brad (Joanne). 6 grandchildren: David and Carol Bugge; Eric and Loren; Rachel Anderson and Michael. 1 great grandchild: Nicole Anderson.
Ordained in 1952, Harry served 3  parishes in Michigan: Juhl Community, Zion Germania in Marlette and Trinity, Brown City. He then served St. Stephens on Chicago’s south side for 8 years.
In 1968, Pastor Andersen became  Assistant to the Bishop, of the WI Upper Mich. Synod of the Lutheran Church in America. In 1987, Pastor Andersen was elected 1st Bishop of Northern Great Lakes Synod of the ELCA. He served until his retirement in 1991
Bishop Andersen was a lifelong advocate for social justice, equality, and peace. He was a conscientious objector in World War II, an activist in the civil rights movement, a passionate preacher in the pulpit, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  His passion for ideas, his compassion for people of all backgrounds, and his devotion to Christ’s message of acceptance, love, and forgiveness touched and inspired many lives. Bishop Andersen will be missed by all those who knew him, but his memory and spirit will live on in all of us.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to American Friends Service Committee. Address:  1501 Cherry Street,  PA  19102.   Website:;  Lutheran World Relief  700 Light Street,  Baltimore, Maryland   21230  Phone: 800-597-5972; email:; or  Ascension Lutheran Church, PO Box 940, Minocqua, WI 54548
Bolger Cremation and Funeral Services of Minocqua and Woodruff is serving the family.

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