Robert O. Anderson died peacefully at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Roseville, California on Saturday, November 13, 2010. He was 81.
Born to Joseph O. and Catherine A. Anderson in Sacramento, California on August 13, 1929, Bob spent his early years in and around Edmonton, Alberta, his grandparent's ranch in Antelope, California and in Auburn, California, where he graduated from Placer High School in 1947.
Bob met Mercedes Mannion during his senior year at Placer High School. They were married two years later on October 16, 1949 in Reno, Nevada.
He attended Placer College in Auburn and Sacramento State College and became an elementary school teacher. After a short assignment at the Eureka Union School, he went on to teach for some 35 years at Dry Creek Elementary School. There "Mr. A." served as a seventh and eighth grade teacher, principal and superintendent of the Dry Creek Elementary School District.
In addition, Bob spent 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he achieved the rank of command sergeant major.
Bob loved flying. Early on he often flew with his father in a two-seater to go hunting in Montana. He didn't have the time or money to continue his avocation when his children were young, but by the early 1960s Bob was able to acquire a plane and take up flying again. He flew his friends and family to the California coast, remote parts of Idaho, Alaska, Mexico and across the country. He also participated in search missions for the Civil Air Patrol and flew commercially in the Sacramento area.
Bob is survived by his wife Mercy and his children John and wife Hyo of Shalimar, Florida, Rick and wife Suzanne of Roseville, California, and Janet McElroy and husband Fred of Gualala, California. He has five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Rex.
A memorial service will be held at the Lambert Funeral Home at 400 Douglas Boulevard in Roseville at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 19th. A reception will follow at the Anderson home in Roseville.