Robert A. Anderson

November 9, 1925February 24, 2012

Robert A. Anderson (1925-2012)

West Des Moines

Robert A. “Papa” Anderson, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2012. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines with burial following at Resthaven Cemetery. A visitation with family present will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at McLaren's Chapel.

Bob was born in Knoxville, Iowa to Raymond and Mildred Anderson. The family moved to Des Moines when he was nine. He graduated from Dowling High School and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. As a Staff Sergeant for the Motor Messenger Battalion, he served a tour of duty in Europe. Upon returning from the service, Bob resumed his career at Iowa-Des Moines National Bank and Norwest Bank (Wells Fargo), which lasted for 44 years. In those early years, Bob met his future wife, Doreen Iverson. They were married on September 9, 1950. Together, they raised three children. During his years at the bank, he started working as a messenger at the age of 17, advanced to teller, then commercial loan officer and retired as Senior Vice President in charge of all regional credit offices in the state of Iowa. What he enjoyed most during his years at the bank was helping to grow many successful businesses throughout Iowa.

Papa, as he was affectionately known, was a loving and humble man. He will be remembered for his bigger-than-life personality, strong sense of humor and generous heart. Throughout his life, he enjoyed golf, bowling, billiards, table tennis, and a good game of cards. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, father and friend.

Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doreen; three children, Mitch (Molly) Anderson of Omaha, Tim (Jo) Anderson of Urbandale and Jody (Al) Tramontina of West Des Moines; five grandchildren, Jason Anderson, Liz (Alex) Katz, Andrew Anderson, Spencer and Max Tramontina; and one great-grandchild, Gunnar Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Darlene Hardenbrook.


  • Visitation Monday, February 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Robert A. Anderson

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Don Skinner

March 2, 2012

We lost a great man, Andy. I started at IDM in 1968 as a messenger and Andy taught me banking. He was a great man that was an inspiration to me.

Dwayne Smith

February 28, 2012

Great guy, worked with him at IDM Bank, our friendship began with playing pitch and golf together. He and Doreen came to Colorado, during the time we lived there. I credit my success in banking to Andy. Smitty

Jerry & Kyla Jackson

February 28, 2012

Dorene, Tim, Mitch, Jody and families. Kyla and I are saddened to hear of the loss of our friend Bob. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Kyla and Jerry Jackson, Mesa, Arizona

Connie Becker Ringgenberg

February 27, 2012

Sorry to hear of his passing. I worked at Iowa-Des Moines Natl Bank in the Installment Loan Dept with Bob from 1960 to 1962.

Jeff Grove

February 27, 2012

Tim, our heart and prayers are going out to you and your entire family from your extended family of Wells Fargo.

Jeff Grove

Peggy & Mark Tramontina

February 26, 2012

Jody, Al, Spence and Max,
Peggy, Seth and I are saddened to learn about the loss of Papa. He was always very pleasant when we were in town to visit. Please pass our condolences on to your family. Peggy and I just finished watching the website video and it was very nicely done.