9/18/25 - 7/30/12 Robert (Bob) Anderson of Santa Rosa passed away peacefully at home July 30, 2012 at the age of 86. Born in Helena, Montana to Harry and Teresa (Dell) Anderson he grew up in the Pacific Northwest and ended up in San Francisco after serving in the Army in WWII, from which he was awarded a Purple Heart after being shot by a sniper in Germany. While recovering at the Veteran's Hospital in San Francisco, he met the love of his life, Mae Mattson, whom he married in 1950. After moving several times they moved to Santa Rosa in 1966 and settled there with their three girls. Bob was an electrical engineer and worked in selling and servicing electrical transfer switches to hospitals and numerous large construction projects for more than 30 years and owned his own business for more than 25 years. He took great pride in providing the best product to his customers along with customer service. Bob was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church serving in several church leadership positions throughout the years and singing in the church choir. He willingly participated in his daughters' activities as they grew up serving as chaperone to the many activities that they participated in at church, scouts and elsewhere. Mae preceded Bob in death in 2005. Bob missed her greatly but continued to provide great joy as the patriarch of the family. He is survived by his daughters Mary (Bill) Reed of Vacaville, Peggy (Bob) Bimbi of Santa Rosa and Pam (Rick) Barto of Roseville. He will be missed greatly by his 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren: Elizabeth (Nate) Classen and Noah, Tim and Elias; Emily (Isaac) Asay; Janice Reed; Wendla Reed; Christopher Coulombe; Megan (Jason) Kelly and Kaiden and Caitlyn; Benjamin Coulombe; and, Kimberlee Barto. He is also preceded in death by his sister Betty Nelson and brother Donald Raymond of Washington and survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 1300 St. Francis Road, Santa Rosa, CA. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6, 2012