Thornhill Valley Chapel

1400 South Pines Road, Spokane Valley, WA


Robert Alber Andersen

January 12, 1935July 3, 2019

Robert Alber Andersen Of Chewelah, WA. Passed away July 3, 2019, with wife Loralee, daughter Cheryl and son in-law Brian by his side. He was born in Tacoma, WA Jan. 12, 1935 to Alber and Lillian (Wuttke) Andersen.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Evelyn Keele, and nephew Courtland Andersen.

He is survived by: His wife of 59½ years Loralee Andersen, daughter Cheryl (Brian), son in law (David) Keele, grandchildren Myresa, Matthew, Timothy and Elizabeth Keele, brother Dean (Bobbie) Andersen, sister in law Emajean DeWit plus many nieces and cousins.

Robert graduated from Washington State University in 1959, and Honorably served in the Air Force Reserves. He worked as a local manger with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) until he retired in 1988. Bob met his sweetheart, Loralee a fellow student at WSU, married and raised their family in Buckley, SedroWooley, then moved to Chewelah for a promotion with DNR.

He enjoyed Competitive Swimming, Basketball and Baseball; Fishing, Hunting, and finding the perfect huckleberry patch; Camping at many of the National Parks, Lakes and Oceans beaches, snow birding to California and Arizona; Woodworking, caravanning with family to Seaside OR and Long Beach, WA. He loved dancing whether it be Square or Round Dancing or Waltzing with his wife and daughters.

He was a member of Toast Master, YMCA, Campfire Girls Association, Escapees and Good Sam’s Camping organizations, Skagit Valley Fisherman’s Association, Masons, Eastern Star, and Crossroads Community Church. Robert volunteered his time for anyone that was in need.

The Graveside Service is scheduled Wed., July 17, 2019 at Pines Cemetery, 1402 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA at 2:30 pm. A Memorial Service is scheduled Thurs., July 18, 2019 at Crossroads Community Church, 3130 Church Rd., Valley, WA 99181 at 2:30 pm.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Robert Alber Andersen

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Jud Melton

July 12, 2019

I have so many memories of Bob and Lolly. I remember Bob playing basketball at Cheney High School and going to the state tourney. I remember having dinner with his parents at Medical Lake, working on the farm one summer with him at Eastern State Hospital, going swimming with him at Silver Lake when there still a rim of ice along the shore; going to WSU, WSC in those days, and watching the Cougar football and basketball games, and graduating; of Bob and Lolly dating, then being in their wedding; later visiting Bob and Lolly in Enumclaw. We lost touch for a few years then reconnected when he was working with DNR at Colville then at the Cheney High class reunions. Bob had a great life and he was my friend, a lifetime friend and I miss and mourn him.
Lolly, I am so sorry that I won't be able to attend the service. I am unable to physically get around very well. You know I will be there in mind and spirit.