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Robert C. Anderson

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

OHIO – Robert C. Anderson, 83, of Ohio, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.  

Bob was born March 4, 1930, in Princeton, the son of Howard and Lucille (Ioder) Anderson. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Johnson. They later divorced. He then married Rita Bontz on Dec. 4, 2002. He attended Western Illinois University. Bob farmed in the Ohio area, and owned Super Wash Car Wash in Morris during his lifetime. He was an active Little League coach and a 4-H leader. He also enjoyed showing cattle at countless county, state, and national cattle shows. He enjoyed sports, golf, and playing cards.  

He is survived by his wife, Rita Bontz of Ohio; two sons Dennis (Connie) Anderson of Princeton and Jim (Laurie) Anderson of Cozumel, Mexico; one daughter, Kim (Steve) Schlumpf of Walnut; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Marie) Anderson and Howard (Carolyn) Anderson, both of Princeton; two sisters, Sue (Joe) Etheridge of Glendale Heights and Sally (Randy) Farrell of Ohio; his stepchildren, Barb (Jim) Ekstrum of Dunlap, Ron (Doreen) Bontz of Rock Falls, Debbie (Ron) George of Montgomery, Louie (Barb) Bontz of LaSalle, and Greg (Mary) Bontz of Sterling; 12 stepgrandchildren; 19 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Ann, in infancy; and one brother, William L. Anderson,

Visitation will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and the funeral at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with the Rev. George T. Woosnam, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Princeton, officiating.

A memorial has been established to the Ohio Fire Department.

Special thanks to Dr. Martin Faber, the staff of Perry Memorial Hospital, and the people of Ohio who supported and assisted Bob during his period of declining health.

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