Robert "Bob" O. Anderson

August 17, 1929 - November 4, 2020

Robert O. “Bob” Anderson passed away on November 4, 2020 in Batavia. He was born on August 17, 1929 to Ragnar and Anna Anderson in Geneva, IL. He was married to Lucy LaRooka on November 3, 1951 in Geneva.

Bob Anderson was a farmer by trade—but he did so much more than raise crops, milk cows and tend to the land.  His most important work was modeling the values that he wanted to pass onto his kids and grandkids.  He did not lecture or preach, instead he led by example. Whether it was the work ethic of the 18-hour days he put in during the busy seasons, the charity he demonstrated by plowing out neighbors’ driveways during blizzards with no thought of accepting payment, the self-reliance he modeled by learning and using the many trades that are required to run a farming operation or the respect he taught by treating everyone with kindness, fairness and honesty—his children will remember him as the strongest, smartest and kindest man they ever knew.

Bob leaves behind his wife Lucy Anderson--who he loved from the moment they met at Geneva High School in 1946, his children Amy (James) Gorski, Bruce (Kenna) Anderson, and David (Suzy) Anderson. He was very proud of his 11 grandkids and 6 great-grandkids and would brag about them to his many friends who had coffee with him at the Batavia McDonalds.

Visitation will be held Sunday November 8, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 S. Batavia Avenue Batavia, IL. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday November 9, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church 2300 Main Street in Batavia. Interment will be privately held at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, Bob would have wanted you to make a donation to your favorite charity.

Arrangements by Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions of occupancy, the visitation will be limited. All visitors entering the funeral home are required to wear a face covering.  Be prepared to wait outside if occupancy becomes an issue. Due to the number of people who would like to pay their respects, we ask that you make your visitation a brief one.  The family appreciates your sincere cooperation during these very challenging and difficult times

Guest Book

  • David F. Moe Mr. Anderson, what a wonderful man and what a wonderful family. They do not make 'em like Mr. Anderson anymore. He always stopped to say hello when he visited the old Junior High School. A very special man.
  • Mary Ann Sestak Lucy, there was your Bob and then there was everyone else. He was a special gentleman...your beloved husband. I wish you God's peace and comfort as I share in your sorrow. God bless!
  • Barbara Maxwell-Kelley I look at Bob's face and I see the kindest most caring person in the world, which he was. I see his sister, Inga when I look at him. What wonderful people. The world is a better place because of Bob. Thank you Bob!