Robert Joseph "Bob" Andersen
Resident of Redwood City
November 8, 1922 - March 16, 2011
Bob was born in a house in Redwood City to parents, who were early advocates of physical fitness. He discovered at an early age that he loved the marsh which included swimming with his father in Redwood Creek out to the Bay. Bob became a "Marsh Rat" exploring all the tributaries leading to the Bay. He fished from his rowboat and when old enough to handle a shotgun he started hunting ducks, quail, pheasants and rabbits. His hunting and fishing became a lifelong pursuit.
Bob went to Sequoia High School graduating in the class of 1941. He lettered in golf, baseball, basketball, football, swimming, tennis and boxing for which he was later inducted into the Sequoia High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Shortly after graduating high school WWII broke out, Bob joined the Navy and was stationed at Moffet Field. Assigned Navy Airship Rigger 2nd Class flying blimps protecting the west coast from invasion. Also at that time he won the Naval Fleet Boxing Championship in the 147lb. division.
After serving in the military Bob went back to school at San Jose State where he met Myrtle Chauvin who was also a student. This was the beginning of a relationship that became a marriage of 59 years. This marriage produced four children along with his daughter from a previous marriage. When not teaching or coaching the family were always camping and fishing.
After graduation he joined the staff and coaching at Sequoia High School. During his 30 year career at Sequoia High School he coached swimming, water polo, baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis and boxing which included Boy's Night. He coached championship teams which included many future professional athletes. Known as an avid outdoorsman taking students on fishing-camping trips. Always available to help teachers, coaches, students and ex-students which developed relationships that have lasted a lifetime.
After retiring he was inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport of boxing. He also was inducted into the Sequoia High School Sports Hall of Fame for his coaching career and recently had the Sequoia baseball field named "Bob Andersen Field". His life's accomplishments as a unique and giving person go beyond what we can note here.
Bob is predeceased by his loving wife, Myrtle "Myrt" Andersen; parents, Al and Mary Andersen; sister, Jo Mc Intosh. He is survived by his sons, Steve and Bob (Amy) Andersen; daughters, Judy (Tim) Royer, Sheryl Andersen and Jeannie (Don Bow) Moody; grandchildren, Darren and Sean (Stefanie) Bridgett, Blake Luck, Shannon (Chris) Reinka, Rion Luck, Tracee (Eric) Wilton, Trevor Andersen; great grandchildren, Rossilyn and Aiddean Wilton, Owen Graff and Tim, Jack and Casey Bridgett; brother, Jim Andersen along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends and Family are invited to a "Celebration of Life" gathering on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 from 2 5 pm at the Sandpiper Community Center, 797 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Sequoia High School Alumni Assoc. to the Bob Andersen Field Fund. Crippen & Flynn Woodside Chapel
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Mar. 25 to Mar. 27, 2011