Robert D. “Bob” Anderson, 80, of Peoria, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, Peoria. A visitation was held two hours prior to services at the chapel. Burial was at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Peoria with military honors. Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church or Insightful Steps Ministry, 1430 E. Resthaven Rd. Peoria, IL 61615.
He was born on Feb. 4, 1933, in Moline, the son of Melvin and Bernice (Schmoll) Anderson. He married Marlene Shambaugh 61 years ago on Feb. 2, 1952, in Geneseo. He worked at John Deere Harvester in Moline. He worked at Caterpillar Inc., while attending Bradley University majoring in mechanical engineering. He later became an Industrial Tool and Die salesman working 24 years for DoAll Rockford Company in 1983. He was an Army veteran serving during the Korean War. Bob and Marlene are members of Grace Presbyterian Church.
Bob was active in live steam clubs for many years. He built model live steam locomotives and tractors. He was a model train collector. For the past 30 years, they spent their winters in Mission, Texas. Bob was a billiards chairman and captain at the Bentsen Grove Resort for 25 years, winning many championships. Bob also was an avid golfer playing in many tournaments. He enjoyed watching all his grandchildren’s activities throughout the years. Bob was a Bible scholar who loved his Lord. His life verse is “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene; three daughters, Lynette Kay (Joseph) Dowell of Chula Vista, Calif., Suzette Marie (Michael) Long of Peoria and Doreen Yvette (Dave) Freckleton of Peoria; one son, Kurt Robert (Kandy) Anderson of Dunlap; 13 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one sister, Loretta (Jim) Hohenboken of Coal Valley.