|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1940|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 2010|
Obituary published in Alexandria Echo Press, MN
Robert "Bob" Ethan Anderson was born October 27, 1940 on the family farm near Garfield, MN, the son of Clifford and Minnie (Middleton)
Anderson. He was baptized by the Rev. Hanson at the Gene's Lake Farm. His brother, Roland, and his sister, Dolores (Anderson) Kvilhaug, were his sponsers. Bob was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria by Rev. Rudd. He attended District 99 country school and graduated from Central High School in Alexandria.
Bob served in the Army National Guard for four years. He was in construction work and farming. He also worked for 3M for 20 years. He retired at age 57.
Bob enjoyed attending all of the many family events through the years - picnics, birthdays, weddings, and holidays. He was a great conversationalist and loved keeping up on everyone's life. He routinely drove around the neighborhood in his Dodge Ram truck, keeping track of all the field work. After he retired he sometimes helped his renters with their fieldwork, driving tractor and harvesting.
Bob, sometimes called "Big Blue", was a big strong man with a tender heart who had many friends; he was a good listener and was nonjudgemental. His blue eyes were full of expression. His pride and joy was his Doberman Pinscher, Toby Robert. He bought Toby when he was 68 years old, after wanting one since he was 8 years old. He told his neice, "Toby was the best thing that ever happened to me", to which she responded, "That says a lot about the rest of us!"
Bob was proud of his home and farm where he was born and raised. He did not want to leave it, but finally agreed to go to the hospital on May 20, after much persuasion by his family and friends. Bob was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. He returned home where he was cared for until his death on July 18, 2010. Bob was kept comfortable and said he "couldn't have it any better." Toby Robert was by his side much of the time. On July 15, his family and friends, including Rev John Peshek, gathered in his living room alongside his bed to share Holy Communion.
From the time Bob was hospitalized until his death, he received 555 visitors. He was truely a well loved man and his memory will be cherished forever.
Bob is survived by his sisters, Dolores Kvilhaug and Lavonne Peterson; sister-in-law, Arlene Peterson; along with many neices, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roland, Russell and Clinton Anderson; and his ex-wife Lois (Olson) Anderson; sister-in-law, Viola Anderson; brothers-in-law, Norman Kvilhaug, and Clifford Peterson; nephews, Perry Anderson and Richard Kvilhaug.
The funeral service was held July 21, at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Created by: Carolyn Reynolds
Record added: Aug 13, 2010
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