Bob Anderson 1939-2018
Robert Alan “Bob” “Red” Anderson, 79, of Mayetta, passed away peacefully at his home, on Sunday, July 15, 2018; on his birthday.
He was born July 15, 1939 in Portland, Ore., the son of Irwin Winfold and Louise Annette (Robinson) Anderson.
Bob graduated from Topeka High School in 1957. He proudly served in the United States Marines from June 30, 1957, to April 10, 1965, during the Korean conflict and Vietnam era.
On Feb. 12, 1963, he married Judith Ann Jacobson in Mayetta. To this union were born Sharon, Vicki and Alan. They later divorced.
On April 9, 1982, he married Celia F. Pausewang in Tecumseh; she passed away with cancer on Dec. 4, 1983.
Bob married Mary Gerhardt on June 1, 2013, in Mayetta; she survives of the home.
Bob is also survived by his children, two daughters, Sharon Anderson-Bosse and Vicki Armstrong (Mike), all of Mayetta; a son, Alan Scott Anderson of Kansas City; three stepchildren, Doug and Dale Pausewang, both of Wichita, and Vannette Shunk (Jeff) of Horton; five grandchildren, Rachael, Sarah, Rebecca, Sophie and Sadie Jo; two great-grandchildren, Delilah and Wyatt; and a brother, Joseph Gary Anderson of Topeka.
Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 225 in Ozawkie. He loved raising Quarter Horses and was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association; he was recognized as a 50-year AQHA breeder in 2014. He was a member of the Mayetta Cutting Horse Association, Brushbuster Saddle Club and Circleville Saddle Club. Bob helped organize the On the Trail for a Cure trail rides in the Flint Hills. He also helped with the Mayetta Mustangs 4-H Horse Club project for many years. Horses were a big part of his life.
Bob worked for Flexel formerly DuPont in Tecumseh for 31 years; he retired in 1996.
Bob has chosen cremation. Family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorial graveside service with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Mayetta Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Mayetta Mustangs 4-H Club or to the HCH Hospice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com