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Robert Benjamin Anderson


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Robert Benjamin Anderson Obituary
Robert Benjamin Anderson, 91, passed away Thursday morning July 14, 2016 following a short hospitalization at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.
He is finally reunited with his beloved Leona, who preceded him in death in 2002.
He was born on September 28, 1924 to Bengt and Anna Anderson in Haxtun, Colorado. Bob, as he was known by, was baptized on October 22, 1924. As a child, he grew up on a small farm north of Dailey, Colorado. He was a dedicated assistant, and helped his father with daily chores, which included feeding hogs, chickens, and farming the land with horses.
His education began at a small country school not far from his home. After his middle school graduation, he attended and graduated from Dailey High School. He was actively involved in athletics at Dailey High school and participated in football, basketball, and softball. His love for the game of softball stayed with him after high school and he continued playing long after graduation. Bob and his brothers played on many local teams and particularly enjoyed playing against a very good Otis team.
Bob was also very proud to serve his country. He was inducted into the United States Army on May 1, 1945 and was honorably discharged on December 12, 1946. He was stationed in Japan shortly after the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during his time of service in World War II.
Upon his return home to Haxtun, Colorado, he met and married Leona Schoen. They were married for nearly 55 years. In the early years of their marriage they welcomed five children: Gary, Larry, Carolyn, Dennis, and Mark. Bob loved watching his children grow and took great pride in all of their accomplishments. That pride also carried over to his grandchildren. He rarely missed any of their numerous sporting events or other school activities.
While living in Haxtun, Bob worked for the Philips County Road crew for many years. In 1961, he and Leona moved to Otis, Colorado where he began his employment with the Colorado Department of Transportation. He was the first, last, and only Road Boss that CDOT ever had stationed there, and he held that position for 29 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Leona (Schoen) Anderson; his son, Gary Anderson; grandchildren, Shawn, Lon, Derek, Crystal, and Dirk; his brothers, Raymond, Les, and Milton; his sisters, Viola Anderson, Helen Singleton, and Alice Ulrich. He is survived by daughter in law Lola Anderson of Loveland, Colorado; son, Larry and wife Lanae Anderson of Akron, Colorado; daughter, Carolyn Niccum of Bearcreek, Montana; son, Dennis and wife Justina Anderson of Loveland, Colorado; son, Mark and wife Nicki Anderson of Akron, Colorado; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; his sister in law Rosetta Schuster and brother in law Norman Schoen that are both from Idaho; many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Monday, July 18, 2016 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Otis. Interment followed at the Otis Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Akron or Otis VFW Posts.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on July 21, 2016
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