PROPHETSTOWN – Robert E. Anderson, 94, of Prophetstown, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Robert was born Dec. 9, 1918, in rural Prophetstown, the son of Elmer and Hilda (Johnson) Anderson. He was a graduate of Prophetstown High School, class of 1936. He was a member of Prophetstown United Methodist Church, Whiteside County Farm Bureau, Prophetstown American Legion Post 522, Prophetstown Masonic Lodge 293 AF & AM, Prophetstown Country Club, and past patron of Minerva Star 6.
Bob was on the Whiteside County State Champion tug war team of 1938. He joined the Army in February 1941, and was a horseshoer in the 11th Cavalry for 15 months. He helped form the 10th Armored Division, and later was a member of the 712 Tank Battalion. Bob was sent overseas to the European theater in February 1944. He was discharged from service in May 1945, and was awarded the Bronze Star with 2 oak leaf clusters.
Bob married Shirley Ziegenbein of Ashland, Neb., on Dec. 17, 1942, in Omaha, Neb. Upon returning home from the service, Bob farmed in Prophetstown for 30 years. He was a DeKalb Seed Corn dealer, and worked at the Prairie Feed Mill for 8 years before retiring. For many years, Bob was a bus driver for Crest View School. He enjoyed driving the bus for the Prophetstown High School boys football and basketball teams, and was their scorekeeper for many years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and following his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in all of their sports.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; daughter, Mary (LaVerne) Bennett of Prophetstown; two sons, William (Pat) Anderson of Morrison and David (Gina) Anderson of Prophetstown; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edith (John) Massey of Morrison.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and two brothers, James “Jim” Anderson and Clarence “Bud” Anderson.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Prophetstown United Methodist Church. Interment with military honors will be at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown is handling arrangements.
A memorial has been established by the family.
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