Robert Lee Andersen
October 9, 1925 – January 31, 2019
Robert Lee Andersen, 93, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, at VA Health Care Center in Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019, at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W. First Street Ankeny, IA 50023). Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 8th at Staves Methodist Church (2747 East Madison Ave. Des Moines, IA 50317). Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m., at St. John’s Cemetery, West of Exira, IA.
Robert was born October 9, 1925, in Oakfield Township, Audubon County, IA, to Hans and Emma (Petersen) Andersen. He was baptized February 7, 1926 at St. John’s Lutheran Church west of Exira. Bob graduated from Exira High School in 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy on October 2, 1943. While in the Navy Reserve, Bob attended Washburn University in Topeka, KS and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. He served during WWII and was ranked Yeoman 3rd Class before his honorable discharge on June 8, 1946. Following the war, he attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA where he attained his Bachelors of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Robert was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 350 in Brayton, IA and the VFW #9127 in Beaverdale, IA.
Robert was united in marriage to Dolores Bethine Madsen on May 23, 1952 in Exira, Iowa. She passed away from leukemia in June of 1993. Robert was remarried to Betty Wauneta Putzier on November 23, 1997 in Des Moines. Robert worked for John Deere Des Moines Works for many years as a design engineer, retiring on October 29, 1982.
Robert had many interests. He was involved in many groups and organizations. Some of the many clubs being: The Iowa Engineering Society, NRA, Danish Brotherhood Lodge #15, Iowa Wildlife Federation, SASS, NCOWS, Goddard Cowboys, Des Moines Rifle and Revolver Club, United States LST Association, Des Moines Associates American Scandinavian Foundation and the Izaak Walton League. He was a past president of the Iowa Sportsmen’s Association and a volunteer lobbyist at the Iowa State legislature for many years regarding conservation issues. Bob was involved in the Iowa Games for several years competing in riflery and was a participant on the Iowa Rifle team at Camp Perry in Ohio many times. He also found time with all his activities to be a firearm safety instructor.
Robert is survived by his wife, Betty of Ankeny; daughter, Judith Andersen (husband Romualdas Mickevicius) of Baxter, MN; daughter-in-law, Jane Andersen of Ankeny; grandchildren: Kristina Marie (William) Cool (daughter, Abigail), Nicholas James Andersen (daughter, Isabella), Jason Grant (Erin) Andersen (children: Josiah, Terra, Simon, Molly, Elias, Luke, Caleb and Jonah) and Emily Rose (Benton) Nissen (daughter, Keira); brother, Harvey Andersen of Exira, sister, Bertha (Darrell) Schroeter of Exira; stepsons: Kurt, Kirby, Kevin and Kyle Putzier; stepdaughter, Debra Hibbard; and their families.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kathryn and Dorothy; brothers, Dennis and Richard; wife, Dolores and son, Kenneth.
- Nicholas Andersen, Pallbearer
- Jason Andersen, Pallbearer
- Allan Nissen, Pallbearer
- Thomas Hansen, Pallbearer
- Ron Jespersen, Pallbearer
- Kurt Putzier, Pallbearer
- Kirby Putzier, Pallbearer
- Romualdas Mickevicius, Pallbearer
- Museum of Danish America
- St. John's Cemetery
- Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019
- Burial Friday, February 8, 2019
Robert Lee Andersen
Annette Pallesen Bouchey
February 7, 2019
I was lucky enough to meet Robert in Exira last summer at the Dines and Katherine Petersen reunion. He was such a nice and friendly man with a twinkle in his eye! I feel honored to have met him. My sympathies go to Harvey and Bertha and all family. Love, Annette