Robert F. "Bob" Anspach
1931 - 2020
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Robert 'Bob' F. Anspach

Born: October 8, 1931; Lewistown

Died: September 7, 2020; Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – Robert "Bob" F. Anspach, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Monday, September 7, 2020 at his home.

Bob was born October 8, 1931, in Lewistown, the son of Ward and Nellie (Nott) Anspach. He married Bonnie Maxine Wickland on November 28, 1953 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2013.

Bob was a 1949 graduate of Sterling High School. He was employed and retired from International Harvester Co. in East Moline. Following retirement, he maintained a landscaping business. Bob was a longtime member of the First Church of the Nazarene where he served the Lord faithfully singing in the choir, serving alongside his wife in the Middlers Sunday School Department and donating many hours of service to the Helping Hands Food Pantry.

He was known to many as a legend on the Rock River and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Bob created realistic wild life carvings of God's creation. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by many generations of nieces and nephews; and great, as well as great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and one brother, James Anspach.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at Oak Knoll Memorial Park at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob's memory may be made to Helping Hands Food Pantry and Rock River Hospice and Home.

Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.

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Published in Sauk Valley News on Sep. 9, 2020.
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September 22, 2020
It is with a mix of sadness and joy that we learn of Bob's passing on to heaven to be with Maxine. We loved them both. I probably shot more than a zillion pigeons with Bob as we practiced for duck and goose season. We hunted more rabbits, pheasants and quail that I could count, Bob was the best wing shot I ever knew.

His knowledge of the natural world was amazing, and his wood carvings really were world class. A set of his goose carvings has sat on my office desk for more than 36 years. I cherish it as I have his friendship.

Of even greater accomplishment was Bob's love of people, and of his Lord Jesus. When we think of Bob we remember all of this, and so much more, including his mother Nellie's cakes, and his wife Maxine's development and supervision of the "Resource Center" at Sterling First Church of the Nazarene.

Of Bob it can truly be said:

"Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones.

O Lord, surely I am Your servant,
I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid,
You have loosed my bonds" (Psalm 116:15, 16).

Dennis & Sharon Frey
Dennis Frey
Family Friend
September 10, 2020
One of greatest memories as a child was coming to Illinois and getting to go to Uncle Bob and Aunt Maxine's house. Seeing his carvings, going out on his boat, listening to his stories and of course eating many wonderful meals with them. Bob was a great example of a man of God, husband, and all around human. I will miss you Uncle Bob but I will never forget him.
Richard Brown
September 10, 2020
We will miss Bob , he was such a kind man. We extend our sympathy to his family.
Larry and Kathy Gaskill
September 9, 2020
I've known Bob for over 40 years. He was always good to me. Friendly and polite. I will miss him.
stephen Kelemen
September 9, 2020
Bob was a mainstay friend during my teen years. Solid as a rock and one to whom I looked up to. Always there, often in the background showing interest in me and my family when returning to Sterling after going off to college, getting married and raising a family. Condolences to those who will miss Bob the most.
Samuel Gowan
September 8, 2020
What a great neighbor and friend Bob has been for so many years. We helped each other out with lawn equipment and just general help around the homes. I cared for his yard when he couldn't and he watched my place when we were gone. He will be really missed in this neighborhood. He taught me how to clean catfish and when I didn't want to clean them he would do it for me. He always brought over fresh cleaned fish when he had extras. I'm going to miss that, now I will have to clean my own fish and every time I do I will smile and think of Bob.
Dean & Diane Wade
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