ROBERT ANNAND Bob Annand, nationally acclaimed iris hybridizer, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great -grandfather passed away unexpectedly on Dec 14, 2013 at the age of 89. Bob was born on Sept 24, 1924 in Santa Cruz to Sam and Annie Annand and was the youngest of 5 children. Bob's formative years were spent on a 1000 acre ranch in Santa Cruz exploring nature, raising iris, as well as milking cows and caring for horses. The wonders of nature which existed on the family ranch opened up many avenues of interest for Bob, but raising iris was the most profound and lasted his entire lifetime. During WWII Bob served patriotically in the 8th Air Force in England aboard B-29 bombers serving as a spotter. In 1948 Bob married a native born Montanan Irene Mary Bronec after a two year correspondence. Bob and Irene raised 3 remarkable children; Mariann, Tom, and Patti. Graduating with a B.S. from College of Great Falls, MT, Bob majored in biological science and began a career with the Dept of Agriculture beginning in Bakersfield, CA and moving north to Brentwood, CA and Concord, CA. Desiring a new and more creative job, Bob and Irene opened Millwood Gardens Florist Shop in Susanville in 1972 and remained in business until 1989 at which time they retired and their daughter Patti and her husband Sam took over the business. Throughout his life Bob had always been active in civic minded groups such as Lions International and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Bob could befriend any age person whether it be a 3-year-old or a 90 year old senior. Bob knew no strangers and his easy smile and sparkling eyes immediately drew people to his optimistic and encouraging demeanor. His mantra in life was: "Live and Let Live". Family and friends alike enjoyed Bob's whimsical and zany humor. Bob will most likely be remembered the most for his untiring hours of charity work, his optimistic attitude, and his kind heart. Those of us in the Iris Society knew him as the essence of a loving, gentle man who cared and prayed for others and a person to whom you could ask any iris question to gain information. Bob Annand was never too busy to lend a helping hand and he always kept his promises. Bob is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 65 years, Irene, children Mariann Novarina (David) from Royal Oaks, CA, Tom Annand (Diane) from Hoopa, CA, and Patti Glass (Sam) from Lake Almanor. 3 grandchildren will sorely miss their grandpa: Shawna McNutt, Stephanie Amato, and Breanna Glass. Bob has one remaining sister, Dorothy living in Santa Cruz. Finally 5 great-grand children will miss their grandpa Bob. As a final tribute to Bob Annand, he would want all who knew him to give something of themselves to others. He always believed one person could make the world a better place. Visitation for Bob will be held on Thursday December 19, 2013 at the Brusie Funeral Home from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. There will be a rosary at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Chico at 11:00 am on December 20, 2013 followed by a family committal service at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. A reception will be held at the Forest Ranch Community Center.
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Brusie Funeral Home
626 Broadway Chico, CA 95928
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 18, 2013