Robert Vernon “Bob” Anderson, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. He died at home, which was his dearest wish.
Bob was born June 25, 1934, in Minneapolis, as the third child to Clarence and Ruth Anderson, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Phyllis Johnson, Donald Anderson, and David Anderson.
Bob graduated from Belle Plain High School, and started farming with his father. He married Beth Heitkamp, and they had eight children. After their divorce, he married Clarice Bengtson Johanson, who had three children. Their house was full and they made room for all. They would have celebrated 50 years together in March 2021.
Bob was a farmer, Culligan Man, Hopkins City Parks worker, and most importantly dad. He loved to watch the Minnesota Twins, fish, play cribbage, and see North America in their RV. Another activity that Bob and Clarice enjoyed was square dancing.
After retirement, he and Clarice split their time between Calvary Center Cooperative in Golden Valley, MN, and Bit of Heaven RV Park in Donna, TX.
Bob and Clarice were active members of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, as well as St. John Lutheran Church in Donna, TX. They made friends everywhere they went. He loved to tell terrible jokes and his family laughed (or groaned) at them with glee. They looked for Ole and Lena joke books to add to his repertoire.
Bob leaves behind his wife of almost 50 years, Clarice; children: Dana (Tina) Anderson, Deb (Dan) Meyer, Kim (Dan) Knutson, Becky (Doug) Schaust, Brian (Lori) Anderson, Cindy (Tim) Iten, Pam (Bob) Meier, Tracy (Theresa) Anderson; step-children: Steve (Jennifer) Johanson, Mark Johanson, and Lianne Johanson. With all those children there are lots of grandchildren: Leah (Dennis) Roesch, Luke Anderson, Mara Anderson, Seth (Laura) Meyer, Jacob (Christina) Meyer, Nathan (Katie) Meyer, Kelsey Knutson, Rob (Jennifer) Schaust, Ryan (Kelli) Schaust, LeighAnn Bethke, Lesley (Ben) Berscheid, Chris (Andrea) Anderson, Leighton (Rachel) Bender, Kory Bender, Zachary Iten, Edmund Iten, Matthew Iten, Allison Anderson, Nolan Anderson, Patrick Anderson, Ian (Sarah) Johanson, Patrick (Brittany) Johanson, Megyn Johanson; great-grandchildren: Hannah Roesch, Maya Roesch, William Meyer, Joy Meyer, James Meyer, Finn Meyer, Piper Meyer, Heidi Meyer, Benjamin Meyer, Connor Schaust, Sloane Schaust, Micah Stoppelman, Tuff Stoppelman, Isabelle Stoppelman, Brooklynn Bethke, Brogan Stoddard, Taylor Jo Berscheid, Norah Berscheid, Cameron Berscheid, Blair Berscheid, Samantha Bender; great-great-grandchildren: Scarlett Kufahl, and Bryson Bell. They will dearly miss “super” papa, and riding on his red scooter with him.
Due to the pandemic, a private service will be held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins.
Memorials are preferred, to Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hopkins or Calvary Center Cooperative.
Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota.