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Robert P. Anderson of Park Rapids, Minn., formerly of Laporte and Perham, passed away peacefully at the Perham Living Center in Perham on Aug. 8, 2014, after a six-month battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte, Minn., on Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. Bob's good friend Rev. Dr. James Bergquist of Bloomington, Minn., will conduct the service. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls, Minn., on date yet to be determined.

Robert Parker Anderson was born Aug. 2, 1944, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Robert L. and Dolores (Solomon) Anderson. He spent his boyhood years in the Dakotas and his teenage years in Rockford, Ill. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Bob was first and foremost a Marine and was always proud of his service to his country. He was honorably discharged in 1966 with a rank of Sgt. E-5.

His parents had moved to Perham while he served in Vietnam, and he joined them there after leaving the military. Three weeks later, he met Marcy Lubitz at a dance. They were married in Wadena, Minn., a year later. Bob drove a semi-truck for the next 21 years, covering the lower 48 states and Canada. He then enrolled in tech school, where he earned a certified marine technician degree. He worked as a service technician and service manager in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Baudette, Minn., Yankton, S.D., and Florida. In 1998 they moved to the Walker/Laporte area; they moved to Park Rapids in May of 2014.

Bob was a calm, gentle man. He thoroughly enjoyed a good joke and hearty laugh with his coffee buddies at the Fort Benedict store. He had a great respect for women, especially his wife and mother, and a real soft spot for kids and dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Marcy Anderson of Park Rapids; two daughters: Danette Anderson of Northfield, Minn., and Tracey Olson of Rochester, Minn.; one grandson, Cody Olson; two granddaughters: McKenzie Olson and Emily Rinas; his mother, Dolores Anderson of Perham; one sister, Becky (Joe Sr.) Esser of Perham; two nephews: Teryle (Lynn) Anderson II and Joe (Jill) Esser Jr.; and one niece, Angela (Mike) Herbert.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Anderson and younger brother, Teryle Anderson.