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Francis Roderick Anderson

1937 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Francis Roderick Anderson Obituary
Anderson, Francis Roderick

Francis Roderick Anderson, AKA Rod, or Big R., failed his final check up and will not be joining us for the next happy hour. He passed peacefully early Monday, November 21st in Albuquerque, NM at the age of 78.

Rod is survived by his wife LeiLani Anderson; brother Roger Anderson; son Chris Anderson and fiance Hope McIntosh; stepson Jeff Ostermann and wife Suk Ostermann; stepdaughter Sue Supple and husband Dr. Robert Supple; stepson Chris Ostermann and wife Monique Ostermann; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous relations.

He was preceded in death by mother Maxine; father FL Andy Anderson; spouse Nan Louise "Claunch" Anderson; sister Judith Anderson; daughter Kimberly Marie Anderson; and son Steve "Rocker" Anderson.

Big R was born on December 1st, 1937 in Sprague, Washington and he attended St. Mark's Military Academy in Dallas and went to the University of Colorado.

As a young man, Rod opened a Trap/Skeet Range, punched cattle in the Leadville area and fished whenever he could. "Coffee is for closers" was his work ethic not his attitude. Early-on he sold fallout shelters before settling into a lifetime in the home improvement industry.

In the mid 80's Rod and Lani moved to Elephant Butte and in 1991 he acquired Centurion Realty and changed the name to Plaza Realty, which he sold in 2002. He was very active in the community and the incorporation of the town Elephant Butte into the City of Elephant Butte.

In 2005 Rod and Lani moved back to Albuquerque.

He combined his interests and hobbies with his lifestyle by flying to his job sites in New Mexico in his Cessna 206. He was an avid boater and fisherman serving a stint as Vice President of the Elephant Butte Bass Anglers Club. His love of football blossomed into coaching YAFL in Albuquerque. He poured his final years into establishing Metroplex Realty with his son Chris Anderson.

He was a great father and beloved spouse, he was always kind and honest and always put people before himself. His wisdom and wit will be sorely missed.

A celebration of his life is scheduled from 12-3pm, December 10, 2016 at the Moose Lodge, 2121 Edith Blvd.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 27, 2016
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