Robert Norman Anderson, age 81, of Anacortes, passed away with his wife and son by his side on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at his home in Anacortes.
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He was born on September 6, 1925 in Lunds Valley, North Dakota, the son of Nels and Ragna (Solhjeld) Anderson. Robert (Bob) served in the U.S. Army from 1950 - 1952 and was extremely proud to have served in battle during the Korean War.
Following his service in the Army, in 1952 he relocated to the Skagit Valley where he worked for several car dealerships as a mechanic.
In 1953 he married his wife, Millie Menefee. They made their first home in Mount Vernon and then moved to their current home in Anacortes in 1958.
Bob and his brother, Norris (Andy) started an independent repair shop on the west side of Mount Vernon called A & B Flying A. Adding nephew, Donald Anderson as partner, the business moved into a new building across the highway and was renamed Anderson Auto Repair. Bob retired from the business in 1985.
Bob was an active member in the Anacortes Elks Club and loved to dance and enjoy friends on the weekends. A highlight of his life was having his four sons initiated to the Elks at the same time. The National Elks Club Magazine published the story. Bob also enjoyed racing at Skagit Speedway and was a mechanic owner in the early 60's. He took great pleasure in helping his son, Wes, with his car in the late 80's. Bob was truly a jack of all trades and was always willing to help a friend.
After his retirement Bob enjoyed camping and traveling with his family and friends. Bob and Millie went to Norway to visit his relatives and to see where the family originated. Making great friends with the relatives, Bob sponsored three of the relatives as exchange students at Anacortes High School. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and his Norwegian jokes always prevailed.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Antone, Rudy, Clarence, and Norris; and two sisters, Signe and Helen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Millie; brother and sister-in-law, Henry (Hank) and Pauline Anderson; sons and daughters-in-law, Norman and Priscilla Anderson, Duane L. Anderson, Larry J. and Karine Anderson, and Wes A. and Rita Anderson; and many nieces and nephews. Bob was also a proud "Papa Bear" (grandfather) to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bob will be honored with a celebration reception at 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 14, 2007, at the Tesoro Employee Recreation Association Building. At 11:30 a.m., a procession, led by Bob's custom van and driven by his sons, will form at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes and then proceed altogether to the Tesoro Employee Recreation Building.
Donations may be made to the Skagit Hospice Foundation, PO Box 1376, Mount Vernon, WA, 98273 or to the American Cancer Society, 728 134th Street, SW #101, Everett, WA, 98204.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA. To share memories of Bob, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street
Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 11, 2007