Gone fishing with Mary. Robert Dean Andert, who was born April 13, 1932, in Slayton, Minn., passed away July 28, 2014, in Klamath Falls surrounded by his family. "Bob" is survived by his daughters, Judy (Scott) Dixon (Alan, Clara, Olivia) of Graham Wash., Jeannette (Jim) Gansberg (Issac, Lucas) of Klamath Falls, and Laurie (Rick) Boccard (Corbin, Erica Jo) of Klamath Falls; son, Dale (Sara) Andert (Riley, Josie) of Bellingham, Wash.; step-sons, from his marriage to Mary Kelley, Larry Kelley (Aliena, Chrissy), Jeff (Betsy) Kelley (Christopher, Jammie, Heather, Brad), and Neal Kelley (Bobbi, Jennifer, Tyler) of Klamath Falls; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; twin sister, Bette Jean Andert of Minneapolis, Minn.; brothers, Richard Andert and David (Renee) Andert and their families of Las Vegas, Nev.; and nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by Mary Ellen Andert his wife of 28 years; brothers, Paul, Gerald and Harold; and sister, Shirley. Bob enjoyed a career as a food service specialist in the Air Force, which gave him and his family the opportunity to travel. After military service, he retired in Klamath Falls to proudly enjoy a second career as ranch foreman at Rock Creek Ranch. Hunting and fishing with his family were his passions. He was especially proud of moments when Mary or any of the grandchildren bagged a larger "catch" than he did - of course that rarely happened. Bob had a talent for gardening and the ability to "fix" anything. He was born and raised in the Lutheran Church. There was never a lack of laughter when Bob was telling his stories of growing up on the farm - he was one of the original rascals - and he loved to pull pranks. It was hilarious listening to him chuckle about his antics. He was an incredibly strong, resilient man and was often told that he had lived over nine lives. For all who met him, he was like "John Wayne" to them - a gentle giant. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family thanks the staff at Klamath Orthopedic Center and Sky Lakes Medical Center for their excellent care. Special thanks for the care he received from the nursing staff. A celebration of life will be at Klamath Tribute Center, 6420 S. Sixth St., Monday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. Viewing will be from 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3. Interment will be at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens following the celebration service and refreshments. A no-host luncheon at Elmer's Restaurant will follow the interment.
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Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens
4711 Highway 39
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Published in Herald And News on Aug. 3, 2014