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Robert M. Anderson

Robert M. Anderson

October 13, 2017

Robert Monroe Anderson, "The Eagle", age 85, passed away at home on Friday, October 13, 2017. Bob was born on September 22, 1932 to the late Elmer Hans and Eva (Ender) Anderson in Racine, WI. His father left the family when Bob was three. His mother moved and raised Bob and his sister, Beverly, in Eau Claire, WI. Bob grew up in the Shawtown area, attending the Seventh Ward School. Bob graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1951. He was active in the junior high band and the high school band under the leadership of Sarge Boyd. He loved to tell stories about how the drum section was always in trouble for playing pranks and cutting up in class. He said he wasn't that good of a drummer but had a lot of fun.

On September 26, 1953, Bob married Bonnie Jean Vennen at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Together they raised five children. Bob and Bonnie loved spending time with family playing cards, bowling, and taking drives up north.

Bob started working at age 16 to help support his family. He worked at Hanson's Typewriter Office and the State Theatre. After high school graduation, he worked 24 years at Market and Johnson as a bookkeeper. In 1978, Bob started selling Real Estate. He loved to talk and meet new people. He finished his career with Woods & Water Realty. He loved his job, his coworkers, and "the best boss", Bruce.  He was crushed when he had to retire after 39 ½ years at the age of 84 because of illness.

Bob was a member of Peace Lutheran Church where he was a part of the "Elite" hospitality team and was a communion assistant. Prior to Peace, Bob served on the school board at Epiphany Lutheran for many years. He played dartball for Grace Lutheran, Epiphany Lutheran, and at Peace Lutheran where he ended his "career" to spend more time watching his grandchildren's sports.

He was a lifelong, avid Cubs fan. Bob spent several summers going to games in Chicago with his high school friends listening to Bert Wilson announcing the game. He took his love for baseball into coaching. He coached his son's Little League and Babe Ruth Teams. The highlight of his coaching career was winning the Babe Ruth League Championship in 1975 with the Eau Claire Press Company Yankees. His team was unstoppable that year winning 20 area tournaments. In later years, he loved watching the Brewers and the Cubs with his family and coaching in the stands while watching his grandchildren play ball. He talked with everyone around him, especially the parents of his grandchildren's teammates. After every game, he made a point to talk to the coaches saying something positive and thanking them for coaching.

Bob was a gentle and devoted father. He was always at school functions and games. He supported his children and was their cheerleader and mentor in any endeavor they pursued. He spent many winters flooding the backyard for an ice skating rink and patching the yard in the summer for baseball practice. In 1968, he took the family to a resort in Minnesota for a family vacation and it has been a tradition ever since. He loved bass fishing, swimming and playing games with his kids and grandkids.

Bob's grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was a proud grandpa and loved to tell and retell stories about his grandchildren. He was interested in their lives and always gave them his full attention.

Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bonnie; son, Steven Anderson (fiancée, Helen Nysven) of Strum, WI; daughters, Vicki Carraway (special friend, Marty Frigaard) of Pine River, MN, Lori Anderson (special friend, Mike Phillips) of Prairie Du Sac, WI, Kristi (Brian) Johnson of Elk Mound, WI, and Kari (Rick) Tylke of Franklin, WI; grandchildren, Shawn (Jessa), Brandon and Tyler Carraway, Tess and Sever Nysven, Chelsea (Denny) Clement, Jonathon, Jeffrey,  Jacob and Aimee Maasch, Kaitlyn, Elliott, Cameron, Ethan, and Lucas Johnson, and Melissa and Meghan Tylke; great-grandchildren; Jaiden Maasch, Logan and Reilly Carraway, and Bentley Nysven; sister, Charlotte (Myron) Grafstrom; half siblings, Dean Anderson, Cheryl Banta, and Barbara Heinrich; many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Beverly (Victor) Yetka; his in-laws, Charles and Irene Vennen; and a son-in-law, Thomas Carraway.

Bob will be remembered by his smile, friendliness, positive attitude, quick wit, gift of gab, and his dedication to family. A special thank you to Dr. Randall Casper and Dr. Michael Rentzepis ("got to move forward"), the Mayo Hospice nurses in Eau Claire, Pastor Mark and Lynette Schulz and Rev. Dr. Timothy Heupel of Peace Lutheran Church for the care they gave Bob and his family.

2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

Service

Celebration of Life: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Schulz officiating

Visitation: will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at church

Interment: a private family interment will be held later

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Peace Lutheran Church for the "Love Eau Claire Project"