Robert Anderson Obituary

Robert F. Anderson
Bob Anderson
Robert F. Anderson

February 12, 1940 - May 26, 2010
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Robert F. Anderson died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Hospice of Central Iowa Kavanagh House on 56th in Des Moines. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 28 at Iles Funeral Homes-Dunn's Chapel. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29 at First Assembly of God Church. Cremation will follow the services.
East met West on February 12, 1940 when Bob was born to Robert O. Anderson (Lee Township, Des Moines) and Beatrice I. Fletter (Westside, Des Moines.)
After numerous starts, stops and detours, Bob graduated from St. John's Military Academy in 1957 and Drake University in 1961 and attended two years of Drake Law School.
Bob got licensed for commodities in 1961 and spent the rest of his life riding the peaks and valleys of that volatile business. Along the way, he built a feedlot and managed the family farm. Bob established a profit and pension plan for the farm and feedlot workers that was one of the first of its kind in Iowa. He routinely dealt with packers and others on million dollar cattle deals with only his word as collateral and a handshake as his contract. He was President of Deflecta Shield of Corydon, Iowa during its early growth. But, Bob always returned to his first love, trading commodities even though his mother, Bea, asked him for 40 years when he was going to get out of that "Dirty Business."
In the early 70's, in response to the extreme price volatility caused by Russian grain purchases and worldwide grain shortages, Bob and his partner, C. V. Gilkeson, built an agricultural advisory service and brokerage business. Starting with a two man shop in 1973, the business grew to 18, 000 paying advisory clients and 115 brokerage offices nationwide. As it turned out, that was Bob's high water mark. Bob occasionally ran afoul of the commodity regulators which the Register loved to play up, but Bob was proud that no investor, client or associate lost one dime as a result of his actions.
Bob was active as a volunteer and contributor to many charities and causes. He was active in establishing and financing Runaway Services, the first program in Des Moines for children on the streets and away from home. He collected funds from all over the Midwest to help immigrant South Vietnamese and Hmong tribesmen who fought alongside U.S. troops in the Vietnamese War and then were abandoned when the U.S. withdrew. Over the years Bob worked with the heart, lung and cancer drives, Variety Club, Prison Fellowship, Christian Children's Fund and his church.
Bob's interests were politics, criticizing the Des Moines Register, golf, drinking and playing cards. He was a champion pitch player.
Bob tried sky diving, riding a rodeo Brahma Bull and climbing the KRNT television tower, placed second in the Golden Gloves and was a pilot for 15 years.
Survivors are Bob's wife, Karen Kregness Anderson; their daughter, Sarah (Aaron) Wenthold, Carley (Mike) Kregness and Brian Anderson, both children of Bob's first marriage to Valerie Laing; five grandchildren, Noah, Porter and Katherine Kregness, Riley Wenthold and Ella Marie Clay; and many friends who Bob cared for and who cared for him. Bob was a loving, generous husband, father, and grandfather and he will be greatly missed by his family.
Bob lived and died with the following motto:
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW what a ride!
Memorial contributions are being directed to Hospice of Central Iowa.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, May 28, 2010
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Assembly of God Church
2625 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, May 29, 2010
10:00 AM