CRYSTAL LAKE – Robert Joseph Anderson, 89, of Crystal Lake, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family. |
He was born April 25, 1923, in Cary, to Edward G. and Rose M. (Homola) Anderson. He married the love of his life, Ruth M. Popp, on Feb. 14, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. God blessed them with 56 wonderful years of marriage.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Sloat DE-245. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball and coaching his sons in Little League. He was a Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting, never missed watching "Wheel of Fortune" and played solitaire nightly.
He was an extremely loving husband, an awesome father and a cherished grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his children, Randy (Jennifer) Anderson, Rickey Anderson, Roxann (Casey) Voris, Robyn (David Carlin) Anderson and Rochelle (Michael) Smeja; grandchildren, Timothy (Jennifer), Danielle (Jereme), Tana (Scott), Stephanie, Rachel, Rebecca, Rock and Lexie; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Maddie, Connor, Lucas, Chloe, Reichen, Radic, Owen and Irely; brother, Jack Anderson; sister, Gerri Burhop; and brother-in-law, Lee Popp.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ruthie.
The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The visitation will continue from 10 until the 11 a.m. service Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 178 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. Interment will be in McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Veterans Assistance of McHenry County, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. For online condolences, visit www.querhammerandflagg.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Dec. 17, 2012