Robert Anderson, "Bob," passed away Oct. 12, 2013 in Fairbanks, at age 91. He was an Alaska resident for |
Born in Englewood, Colo., on July 21, 1922, Bob was the youngest of five children. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving from 1941 to 1947, Bob sailed on the aircraft carrier Essex throughout the war in the South Pacific, working as an aircraft metal smith.
Bob married Geraldine Jenkins, "Jerry," and they lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, raising their daughter, Kim. Bob worked in the floor-covering industry and Jerry worked for GE in what is now Silicon Valley. Leaving the Bay area, they moved to Chester, Calif., where Bob ran his own floor-covering business. Near beautiful Lake Almanor and Lassen National Park, they enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing, horseback riding, camping trips with horses and snowmobiling in the Sierras.
Always interested in Alaska, they decided to leave Chester for Alaska to be near their new grandson, Aaron. After driving the Alaska Highway in 1978, they settled in Kenai. Bob worked in floor covering and later, tank gauging in the oil industry until retirement, residing in Kenai until 2012. Bob and Jerry loved to fish the Kenai River and made many good friends. Jerry preceded him in death in 2010 after 58 years of marriage.
As a craftsman, Bob could build or repair almost anything. He enjoyed working with his hands and completing building projects. He loved nature. A favorite was sitting by a campfire by a lake or river, and watching and feeding birds all year round. He enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos.
Bob was a member of the Kenai Seventh-day Adventist Church. He followed a simple Christian faith and believed in the power of prayer.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Greenlee, and her husband, David, and grandchildren, Aaron and Sarah, and great-grandson, Miles.
Robert's family would like to thank Hospice workers for their loving care during his last days.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home at 415 Illinois St. in Fairbanks, led by Pastor Bill Kasper from the Fairbanks Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 15, 2013