Robert (Bob) Egnar Anderson made his way to the great fishing trip in the sky on November 17, 2016. Surrounded by his loving wife, daughters, family, and friends, Bob bid us a peaceful farewell amongst the redwoods that he held so dear.
Bob was born on September 18, 1947 in Berkeley, California to Carl and Luella Anderson. Along with his sisters, his early years were spent as the quintessential state park family. The family’s travels took them to many beautiful California State Parks, including Cuyamaca Rancho, Richardson’s Grove, Patrick’s Point, and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. These early days, full of outdoor adventure and family fun, would lay a solid foundation for the man he would become.
After graduation from Fortuna High School in 1965 in which he was voted “Best Personality” (because, as he said, with a nose like his he had to have something good going for him), Bob made his way to Humboldt State University where he studied Natural Resources. It was there that several lifelong friendships were formed. Bob’s two daughters, Emily and Johanna, were born in Big Lagoon and Bull Creek in Humboldt Redwoods.
Following his father’s footsteps, Bob became a state park ranger in 1971 and spent many satisfying years in some of the most wonderful parts of California. In a beautiful twist of fate, Bob became a ranger at Patrick’s Point State Park in 1983 and took up residence in park housing just right next door to a home he’d lived in as a child. After 19 years at Patrick’s Point and 31 with parks, Bob retired from California State Parks in 2002, thus beginning a new adventure, one with a little less fog, up to the little town of Willow Creek.
Bob and Lee Scott were married in 2004 at their home in Willow Creek. They had many exciting journeys together, some around the world and many close to home. They traveled several times to Europe, where again lifelong friendships were formed, to participate in Memorial Day events in Belgium where Bob’s uncle and namesake was killed in World War II. Stateside, Bob and Lee enjoyed trips to Death Valley, Alaska, Florida, Arizona for spring training, Oregon, and many other places.
Bob is survived by his wife Lee, daughters Emily and Johanna (Jon Minton), and grandchildren Henry and Marianne. He is also survived by his sisters Enid Stoveland (Dale) and Elaine Weedman (Jerry), niece Kate McFarren (Mike), and their children Carl and Bryn. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Luella, and nephew Jake Stoveland. We take great comfort in thinking of them all together, “just a-laughin’ and a-scratchin’.”
Bob’s family is grateful for the excellent care he received during the last year. Sincere and deep gratitude is extended to Dr. Chris Lee, the HMS Oncology Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital, our lovely guide Shirley at St. Joe’s, Evergreen Lodge, as well as the Ida Emmerson Hospice House in Eureka. Special thanks and love also goes to Bobby’s numerous friends, among/amongst them his good friends Tom and Debbie Lindberg who provided Bob and his family great comfort and occasional comic relief comfort during his final days – just as he would have liked it.
A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2017.
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