Robert John (Bob) Anderson was the first child born to Alma Widerburg (Jack) Anderson and Eva Ellen Hargrave Anderson on January 8, 1927, at the home of his grandparents in Rexburg, Idaho. A younger brother Valgene (Gene) Stanley Anderson and a younger sister Mary Kaye Anderson also joined the family. Bob passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, in Logan, Utah.
When Bob was about 3, the family moved to Montpelier, Idaho for about a year where they had a Photography Business. From there, the family moved to Preston, Idaho where they had Anderson Photo Studio above where the current Kings building is.
Bob loved Jazz Music and played the trumpet in high school. He formed the first Pep Band at Preston High School and was a very good trumpet player. Newell Hart heard him play and asked him to play in the dance band at the old Persiana Dance Hall on weekends. This was one of his most favorite jobs.
After graduating from Preston High School in 1944, Bob joined the Navy and was honorably discharged. While stationed on the ship to help pass the time, he would play table tennis and was the champion table tennis player on the ship.
After the Navy, Bob had many adventures and jobs that took him from Preston to Salt Lake, San Francisco, Miami, New Orleans, and several other places finally ending up in Sacramento where he stayed for many years before returning to Preston in 1993. He loved sailing, fishing, Joe Montana, the 49ers, and his dogs. The adventure that Bob was proudest of was his six-week trip in a sailboat from San Francisco to Tahiti.Bob was married for a short time to Ruth Barlow who was one of the attendants to the Preston, Idaho Rodeo Queen in 1956. After his marriage to Ruth ended, he married Jerry Mountford, and together they had two sons, Robert John Anderson, Jr. and Christian Lane Anderson. They were later divorced. He then married Pauline Lowe Waddoups in Preston, Idaho in 1995.
Bob was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on January 27, 2018.He went on his final adventure on April 29, 2022, when he passed away very peacefully at Terrace Grove Assisted Living in Logan, Utah. He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline, his parents, his brother Gene and his dogs. He is survived by his two sons, Bob and Chris, their mother Jerry, his sister Kaye and a stepdaughter Marsha Patterson. Also surviving him are a niece Vicki Harris and three nephews, Michael, Steven, and Scott Anderson, and a special cousin Gael Bohannon.
Bob's wishes were to be cremated and his remains placed near his mother. A short memorial service with military honors will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 1:00 at the Franklin County Funeral Home located at 56 S State, Preston, Idaho. There will be a visitation prior to services from 12:00 to 12:45. Inurnment will take place at the Preston, Idaho Cemetery at a later time.
The family would like to thank Terrace Grove Assisted Living and Tender Care Home Health and Hospice for the loving and compassionate way they took care of Bob in his final months. Also special thanks to Jim Summers and Jared Cox for their friendship and loving care shown to Bob for the last several years of his life.
A very special thank you also to Todd Goodsell at Franklin County Funeral Home for his extra support and sincere and genuine care shown to the family. Please share a favorite memory of Bob or offer condolences to the family by leaving a tribute on this page.