Robert Joseph Anderson, 89, of Crystal Lake passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born April 25, 1923 in Cary, to Edward G. and Rose M. (Homola) Anderson.
He married the love of his life, Ruth M. Popp on Feb. 14, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake.
God blessed them with 56 wonderful years of marriage. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS Sloat DE245. In his younger years he enjoyed both playing baseball and coaching his sons in Little League. He was a Cubs fan, enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting, never missed watching Wheel of Fortune, and played solitaire nightly.
He was an extremely loving husband, an awesome father, a cherished grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his children: Randy (Jennifer) Anderson, Rickey Anderson, Roxann (Casey) Voris, Robyn (David Carlin) Anderson, Rochelle (Michael) Smeja; grandchildren Timothy (Jennifer), Danielle (Jereme), Tana (Scott), Stephanie, Rachel, Rebecca, Rock, Lexie; great-grandchildren Jacob, Maddie, Connor, Lucas, Chloe, Reichen, Radic, Owen, Irely; brother Jack Anderson; sister Gerri Burhop; and brother-in-law Lee Popp.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ruthie.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 am service on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 178 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake.
Interment will be in McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Veterans Assistance of McHenry County, 667 Ware Rd. Woodstock.