Robert B. Anderson - March 18, 2014Clay Center resident Robert B. Anderson, 90, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Gretna Community Living Center in Gretna, NE.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Aurora Evangelical Free Church in Aurora, NE with Pastor Vance Christie officiating. Interment will follow at the Clay Center Cemetery in Clay Center, NE. Visitation will be Friday, from 1-8 p.m., with the family present from 5-7 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center, NE.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Robert B. Anderson Memorial Fund or to Harvard Rest Haven.
Condolences may be left at www.mclaughlinchapel.com.
Bob was born October 9, 1923, to Carl J. and Dorothy L. (Siehndel) Anderson in Mankato, Minnesota. In 1944, Bob met Pearl Ehrisman and they were married March 4, 1946, in Wagner, S.D. at the United Methodist Church.
In 1947, their first child Dennis was born and after that 6 more sons followed over the next 22 years: Jack, Carl, David, Robert, Timothy and Scott – all born in Wagner, S.D.
Throughout his life: Bob completed high school. He attended approximately a year of college at Brookings, South Dakota; where he majored in agriculture and was in the ROTC. His college life was cut short, due to war breaking out; which caused him to have to return to the family farm and help his dad. He continued to farm for the first 23 years of his married life. After selling the family farm he moved from South Dakota settling in Clay Center, Nebraska with his wife and 5 of the boys. He took a position working as an Animal Research Technician at the US Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center, Nebraska. In 1992, after 22 years, he retired from the Research Center; although he truly never 100% retired.
After Bob’s retirement he continued to work hard farming for a close friend and maintaining a duplex apartment in Clay Center as well.
Bob had many hobbies including camping for 40 plus years with his wife and family. He also enjoyed woodworking, gardening, landscaping and following his sons’ sports activities.
While residing in South Dakota Bob’s faith in God, called him to be a Gideon, substitute preaching at several area churches; he also taught Sunday school and was also instrumental in helping start a new church in Harvard, Neb. Bob loved his precious Lord, wife Pearl and family.
He leaves his sister, Pauline Efta of Norfolk, NE; seven sons, Denny and Diane of Freedom, N.H.; Jack and Cheryl of Clever, MO; Carl & Shirley of Hastings, NE; David and Cindy of Quaker Hill, CT; Bob and Betty of Gretna, NE; Tim and Katie of Clay Center, NE; Scott and Jodi of Canton, S.D; 29 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl; his parents, Carl and Dorothy; and brother, Dick.