Robert D. Anderson

Robert D. Anderson

December 14, 1928 – October 10, 2021

Retired Ford Dealer MO Valley, IA

The family will receive friends Friday, October 15th from 6pm to 7pm with ROSARY at 7pm.  FUNERAL MASS: Saturday, October 16th at 10 am, all at St. Phillip Neri-Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 8200 N, 30th Street.  Interment:  Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors by Millard American Legion Post 374, VFW Post 8334.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Catholic Charities.

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Robert D. Anderson “Bob” was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on Dec. 14, 1928, and passed peacefully from this world surrounded by his daughters on Oct. 10, 2021.  He is now dancing in heaven with the love of his life, Carol L. Anderson, who preceded him in death on March 26, 2013.  Also preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Ona Mae Anderson; brothers, Herbert Anderson, Jr. and John Anderson; loving grandparents, aunts and uncles.  Survived by brother, Ralph Anderson; six loving children: Michael Anderson (Sherri), Joyce Vela (Victor), Jill Shook, Mary Manijak, Karen Shanahan, Donald Anderson; 13 devoted grandchildren: Jessica Dooley (Brian), Megan Bradberry (Jayson), Rachel Dias (Jeff), Daniel Vela, Melissa Yoder (Reid), Sarah Shook Gorz (Joe), Carly Schultze (Conor), Emily Johnstone (Jason), Michael Shook, Andrew Vela (Clara), Nicholas Shanahan, Caroline Shanahan, Elizabeth Shanahan; 10 beautiful great-grandchildren: Mitchell Dias, Isabel Dias, Zachary Yoder, Adele Bradberry, Quinn Dooley, Nathan Bradberry, Robert Dias, Sloane Gorz, Grace Dias and Hanna Bradberry.

Bob and Carol Anderson were married on October 6, 1951, in St. Joseph, Missouri, and celebrated 61 years of marriage on October 6, 2012.  Anam Cara best describes their love and life together.  An Army veteran, they spent their first years of marriage in Fort Hood, Texas, followed by civilian life in Omaha, Nebraska, Sioux City, Iowa, and Missouri Valley, Iowa.  After retirement Bob built Carol’s dream home in the beauty of Oak Hills Estates where he spent his final days.  

On March 3, 1967, Bob took his experience with Commercial Credit Finance and founded Bob Anderson Ford-Mercury in MO Valley, Iowa, where he celebrated his success for over 40 years.  His logo could be spotted all over Iowa and Nebraska.  Bob won multiple awards for his commitment and success with Ford and served many repeat customers and friends.  He was a self-taught investor who managed the profit-sharing plan for his business as well his personal retirement with great success. 

Bob and Carol spent their winters in their home in Boerne, Texas for over 20 years where they met many treasured friends and Bob could enjoy his favorite sport golf.

Bob Anderson was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. 

If his kind heart and positive outlook on life as well as his love for his family could be bottled and sold our world would be a much better place.






  • THOMAS CALHOUN Posted October 12, 2021 12:12 pm

    I played golf with Bob many times in the SENIOR LEAGUE AT ELMWOOD. Bob was a true gentleman. He and I spent many hours laughing over the littlest things. I WILL TRUELY MISS HIS COMPANIONSHIP.

  • Laura Adams Posted October 12, 2021 2:33 pm

    Sending prayers and love to you all.

  • Michele Armstrong Posted October 12, 2021 2:44 pm

    I did not know this man personally but I know his granddaughter. I believe she’s a true reflection of her Grandfather. We are all the legacy of what we see and learn. And this man left a wonderful legacy. I’m sorry I never met you. Rest in the arms of our Savior… And may you be reunited with all of the loved ones who greeted you when you came home. My sincere condolences to the family and prayers for peace and healing. Michele and Len Armstrong

  • Monte Sue & Chris Bradberry Posted October 12, 2021 2:55 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s wonderful family during this time of transition. Bob was a wonderful person and one of the kindest people you could ever meet. He will be missed and may his memory be a blessing.

  • Annie Adamson Posted October 12, 2021 10:16 pm

    Joel and I extend our sincere sympathies to you, Karen Shanahan, to your children, and to your extended family. We especially think of all the beautiful grandchildren, and great grandchildren who were fortunate to know their Grandpa. The lessons learned, and memories imprinted are priceless. Our hearts go out to all of you, may God’s peace be with everyone during these difficult times.

  • Mark Douglas Posted October 13, 2021 12:55 pm

    Sincere sympathies to the entire wonderful family. We have such warm memories of great times with our Anderson cousins and Uncle Bob & Aunt Carol, especially in St. Joe. We hope you find comfort in those and other memories and knowing that Bob, Carol, our Mom Joyce, and of course Gammy, are together again.

  • Vicki & Jim Osweiler Posted October 16, 2021 8:36 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Seems like yesterday we all lived in Missouri Valley. Sending our prayers and love to you all. You have given us great memories. Mike and Sherri, we hope to connect with you soon.

  • LuAnn Posted October 16, 2021 5:24 pm

    Wow, what a great life lived. I worked at Bob Anderson Ford-Mercury during high school cleaning the dealership show room. I had the keys to the business and cleaned after hours twice a week, Who gives a high school girls keys to there business, Bob did, it’s called trust. I loved cleaning that show room, great stereo and an environment to dream all while cleaning. I never knew Bob was in the Army, I myself retired from the Army. I always reflect on those that treated me well as a child and gave me opportunity to work to make money and Bob did that for me. Bob was always kind and respectfully. I was just back visiting in June and was again in the show room, but now it’s John Deer. The memories are still clear as in the offices with ash trays on the salesman’s desk.

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