Robert Donald Anderson passed away peacefully July 5, 2023.
Bob was born Oct. 30, 1931, in Orlando, Florida, to John and Lena Anderson. He had eight brothers and sisters; Virginia King is the only surviving sibling.
Bob attended Ocala High School, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Curington. The two were married Jan. 11, 1951, and they celebrated almost 68 years of a strong and loving life together until she passed in 2019.
This beautiful family grew to include four children: Carol Gray and husband Morgan (deceased) of Orlando, Florida; Kay Roseman and husband David of Cottondale, Florida; Paula Ravetto and husband David of Brevard, North Carolina; and Rick Anderson and wife Belinda of Middleburg, Florida. He was a beloved PawPaw to his grandchildren, Lena Combs, Valerie Wilson, Joshua Gray, Matthew Roseman, Dominick Ravetto and Taylor Anderson; as well as his great-grandchildren, Airen Combs, Kelsey Blanton, Morgan Combs and Charlotte Gray.
He worked for more than 30 years with Florida Telephone (which became Sprint) in Winter Garden as a Design Engineer for new development.
Throughout their life together, Bob and Barbara explored 48 states and Canada in their motorhome and also traveled to Hawaii and Alaska. Their love of travel took them to various countries in Europe as well, and after retirement they served in several volunteer campground host positions in North Carolina and Montana.
In addition to travel, Bob loved golf, the Florida Gators, square dancing, and spending time with family and friends.
Bob and Barbara became a part of the Waterman Village family in 2014 and enjoyed making new friends and having new adventures. Bob always had a smile for everyone and would strike up a conversation with strangers no matter where he was. He was a hard worker who put his family first always and was an ideal father and grandfather. He lived a full and rich life and will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Waterman Village Chapel, 445 Waterman Ave., Mount Dora, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings can be made to American Diabetes Association.
The Allen J. Harden Funeral Home, 1800 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, Florida, has been entrusted with arrangements.