Paul Victor Anderson – Park Rapids Enterprise


April 14, 2022

Paul could be gruff, opinionated and judgmental. And yet he was extremely intelligent, generous, creative, witty and always on the lookout for the next adventure. Paul worked hard, played hard, and in the end he got cancer hard. Paul loved his family above all else and continually had his family’s back.

Paul was born September 16, 1958 in Huntsville, AL and grew up in San Jose, CA. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1980 from the University of California, Davis, and then a Master of Science in Geology from San Diego State University in 1982. Soon after, he began his career that spanned 34 years as a geophysicist with Chevron Corp.

Sometimes you have to do it twice to get it right. After a brief first marriage, he married Judy Wolf in 1989. From an early age, their children, Janae and Nick, lived all over the world with Paul and Judy. Chevron gave the family the opportunity to live in three US states and six countries on four continents for 20 years. Paul and Judy retired to their MN summer cottage in 2016. As a family, they’ve had adventures in dozens of countries and many states in the US. Until he can’t anymore.

There was no “brave battle” against his pancreatic cancer, but rather he endured it with pragmatism, grace and (at times) humor. Until he can’t anymore.

Paul enjoyed travelling, golfing, camping, canoeing, skiing and hiking. Cooking, eating and entertaining were a source of joy. Community volunteering began in earnest in retirement as he loved the Nevis area and the 8th Crow Wing Lake. Life with Paul has never been boring; he was a spirited, adventurous man who made fun and worthwhile things happen. Until he can’t anymore.

He was pursued in death by his parents, Ann and David Anderson, and his sister, Susan Decker. Surviving bereaved hearts include his wife, Judy, children Janae (Chris) Maher, Nick (Nick Pankewytch) Anderson, and brothers Mark (Tracy) Anderson and Bruce (Jennifer) Anderson, and countless family and friends across the world.

Paul’s only regrets were not growing old with Judy or knowing grandchildren. Live your life with no regrets and be kind. Until you can’t anymore.

While rock formations were his professional expertise, tree-filled landscapes were his personal preference. Condolences can be transformed by planting a tree wherever you wish or by donating to your favorite charity. A small private meeting will take place later. Online condolences for the family can be left at


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