PEORIA - Robert D. "Bob" Anderson, age 80, of Peoria passed away at 6:16 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born Feb. 4, 1933, in Moline, Ill., to Melvin and Bernice (Schmoll) Anderson. He married Marlene Shambaugh 61 years ago on Feb. 2, 1952, in Geneseo, Ill.
She survives, along with three daughters, Lynette Kay (Joseph) Dowell of Chula Vista, Calif., Suzette Marie (Michael) Long of Peoria and Doreen Yvette (Dave) Freckleton of Peoria; one son, Kurt Robert (Kandy) Anderson of Dunlap; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Loretta (Jim) Hohenboken of Coal City, Ill.
Bob worked at John Deere Harvester in Moline, Ill. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. while attending Bradley University, majoring in mechanical engineering. He later became an industrial tool and die salesman, working 24 years for DoAll Rockford Company, retiring in 1983.
He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
Bob and Marlene are members of Grace Presbyterian Church. Bob was active in live steam clubs for many years. He built model live steam locomotives and tractors. He was a model train collector.
For the past 30 years, they spent their winters in Mission, Texas. Bob was a billiards chairman and captain at the Bentsen Grove Resort for 25 years, winning many championships. Bob also was an avid golfer, playing in many tournaments. He enjoyed watching all his grandchildren's activities throughout the years.
Bob was a Bible scholar who loved his Lord. His life verse is "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15."
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services on Saturday. Burial will be in the Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Peoria, with military honors.
Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church or Insightful Steps Ministry, 1430 E. Resthaven Road, Peoria, IL 61615.
Please view Bob's obituary online at www.Davison-FultonWoodlandChapel.com.