Robert "Bob" Anderson

May 7, 1928April 29, 2012

Robert “Bob” Anderson, 84, of Matthews, passed away on April 29, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty, his children; Bill (Karen) Anderson and Beth Anderson, granddaughter; Bailey, brother; Don Anderson, sisters; Lucy Matson, Bernice (Jack) Smith, brother in law; Milton (Elizabeth) Wisland and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters; Lillian Zawacki, Dorothy Huff and Hazel Jaynes Auth. Bob had a great journey in his lifetime and was always surrounded by loving family and friends. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a major in business and insurance. Throughout his 33 years in the insurance business, Bob made a great contribution to the industry as well as to the communities here he lived. Bob and his brother founded Viking Insurance Company in 1971 and it grew to over 250 employees, was licensed in 11 states and wrote a premium volume of 52 million when the company was sold to Crum and Forster Personal Insurance Co. Bob was Vice President and Secretary and was responsible for organizing and managing the underwriting, rating, marketing and personnel areas of the company. While living in Wisconsin, he was a past President of the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance, a past President of Madison West Kiwanis; he served on the Governors Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Insurance Dept.; he served on the Board of Directors of Methodist Hospital and in 1981, he was named Wisconsin Insurance Man of the Year by the Wisconsin Independent Insurance Agents Association. Bob was active in his church wherever he lived, and served on various committees. During his lifetime, he lived in Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Arizona and North Carolina. He was a member of the Matthews First United Methodist Church and attended the Fellowship Sunday School class. When his health permitted, he was a volunteer at the Levine Senior Center in Matthews. Bob enjoyed sports. He played football in high school and refereed football and basketball in college. He was an avid fisherman and was a trout guide on the Brule River in Wisconsin during his college years. He often fished the mouth of the Columbia River and for 9 years spent a week in Alaska Salmon fishing. He enjoyed golf and was a loyal Vikings fan. Bob and Betty organized the first family reunion 25 years ago. Though the Anderson's are scattered all over the country, he wanted to everyone to continue to keep in touch and the reunion has taken place somewhere in the country ever since. Bob’s family would like to sincerely thank the Plantation estates medical personnel for their care and thoughtfulness. He will always be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, father-in -law and grandfather. We will miss him immeasurably. A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 3:00pm in the auditorium at Plantation Estates 701 Plantation Estates Dr. Matthews, NC 28105. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to the National Parkinson Foundation and/or the Levine Senior Center 1050 DeVore Ln Matthews, NC 28105. Please visit Bob’s online memorial at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 12, 2012

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Jim Tulloch

June 18, 2012

My life was the better for having known Bob. To work alongside him was really not work at all, but pure pleasure. My memories are filled with joy and smiles and I look forward to seeing him again in Heaven.
Jim Tulloch

May 11, 2012

Aunt Betty, Beth, Bill, Karen, and Bailey,

We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Bob's passing. He was always the fun, happy, kind guy at family functions. Bob was especially nice to all of the kids and enjoyed everyone. I remember the first family reunion almost 24 years ago in Mesa, Arizona. We have Bob to thank for starting that tradition and allowing us all a chance to see each other. Sorry that we cannot make it to the memorial. You are in our thoughts.


Susie, Joe, Jeff, Allie, and Miles

Jessie May

May 10, 2012

Beth , Betty, Bill, Karen, and Bailey,
I am so very sorry for your loss. When Bob and Betty would come to Minneapolis, I would always be so excited when Beth would invite me over so I could spend some time with the both of them. Bob always indulged me by listening to my silly fishing stories, and shared with me some of his.
It was such a joy to see him with Beth and the rest of you. It was quite obvious how much he loved and adored his family. He was a wonderful man , and will obviously be missed by all.
My deepest sympathy's to all of you.

May 9, 2012

Dear Betty and Family, Sending our thoughts, prayers and sympathy. Bob was such a wonderful man. We remember the good times while Ron and Bob were at Dairyland Insurance. Also in Mesa when Ron and Rose would visit and Bob grilled those delicious bratwursts. We are so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers, Ron and Judy Pieper Phoenix, AZ

Ron & Rosemary Johnson

May 6, 2012

Betty, Beth, Bill, Karen and Bailey,
We share your loss with the passing of Bob. We enjoyed many good times together and will miss him greatly. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

May 5, 2012

Dear Betty and Family,
Bob played a special role in my life as
a student. He gave me the job which enabled me to complete my education. He was a wonderful boss--lots of fun and yet serious, ethical and supportive. I looked forward to going to work in the environment he fostered.

You will be in my prayers as you go through this period of grief and loss.

God bless.

Karla Alberg Keiser
Douglasville, Ga

This world is not conclusion, a sequel lies beyond, invisible as music, yet positive as sound.

May 3, 2012

Betty and family. So very sorry to hear about Bob's death. He was the best boss I ever worked for. I remember fondly the morning "doneyrolls" he supplied the office for morning coffee at Dairyland Mutual. Always a gentleman and my employment with him was responsible for paying my University education in full--back in the days when a part time job could do that. And I had spending money besides. His obituary was impressive- --so much I was unaware of. Goodbye good friend.

June (Alberg) Kimball

Brad Greiner

May 2, 2012

Aunt Betty and family,

Uncle Bob was always a big highlight of the family reunions. Every year my family looked forward to going. Although I didn't understand the Ole and Sven jokes until I was a bit older, the joy Uncle Bob had in telling the jokes was enough to make me laugh. I am so sorry to hear about your loss, and I will always remember the time I got to spend with Uncle Bob.

Brad Greiner

Dennis & Marlene Draper

May 2, 2012

Aunt Betty, Bill, Beth, Karen & Bailey,

We will always remember what a positive family man Uncle Bob was. Thanks to him we have our family reunions and the opportunity to see each other often. Boy did he love to tell the Ole & Sven jokes. We will miss him.

Our most sincere sympathies to all.

Dennis & Marlene Draper

Ann Barber

May 2, 2012

Aunt Betty, Beth, Bill, Karen and Bailey,
We all share your loss with the passing of Uncle Bob. He truly was the life of the party and will be so missed.
We all have to keep remembering and telling the Ole jokes in keeping his happy memory and spirit alive. Earth has lost an incredible person.