ROCKFORD - Robert Allen Anderson, 84, of Somonauk, Ill. passed away on March 30, 2013 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford, Ill.|
Bob was born on June 6, 1928 in Sandwich, Ill., the son of Marvin and Edna (Klotz) Anderson. He grew up near Somonauk on the family farm where he lived his entire life and graduated from Somonauk High School in 1946. He married Beverly Denman at Plano United Methodist Church on Dec. 1, 1951.
Bob enjoyed being a dairy and grain farmer with his brother, Reed, retiring from active farming in 2011. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in Okinawa from 1952 to 1954. For many years, he clerked for auctioneers in the area. He was a member of the Union Congregational Church in Somonauk where he served on the Board of Trustees and the Endowment Committee.
Bob loved all sports and never gave up on the Cubs. He was part of the "Sweet Sixteen" Somonauk Basketball team that went to state in 1945, played softball with the DeKalb Hybrids traveling team, bowled for many years and was inducted into the Somonauk High School "Hall of Fame."
Throughout their 61 years on marriage, Bob and Bev enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, dancing and eating out. A favorite yearly trip was to South Padre Island, Texas. Many of Bob's friends called him by the nickname, "Trigger." He liked having his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren living near by.
He is survived by his wife Beverly, of Somonauk; three daughters, Valerie (Gary) Chase, of Wheaton, Ill., Vanessa (Rick) McInturf , Linda (Carl) Wilson, both of Sandwich; one son, Brad Anderson, of Plano, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Carlynn (Jim) Rowan, Amanda Anderson, Jenna Wilson, Emily Chase (Graham) Farnsworth, Travis Anderson, Rebecca Chase, Taylor Anderson; five great-grandchildren, Jimmy, Devin, Joey and Aiden Rowan, and Alicia Anderson; two brothers, Reed (Norma) Anderson and Ronald (Joan) Anderson, both of Somonauk.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Union Congregational Church in Somonauk with Pastor Michelle Prentice Leslie officiating. Burial will follow in Oakridge Cemetery in Sandwich. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, 13160 West Route 34, Somonauk, IL 60552.
Memorials may be directed to Union Congregational Church in Somonauk, or the
. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com or call 815-498-2363.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 2, 2013