Robert Eldrigh Anderson

10/24/1949 - 02/18/2024


Obituary For Robert Eldrigh Anderson

Robert “Bob” Eldrigh Anderson, 74, of Chetek, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024, at home surrounded by his loving family and beloved dog, Bella.

Bob was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI, where he married Barbara “Barb” Butler in 1972. Together, they raised Barb’s youngest sister, Sheila (Butler) Soley, and had four children. Bob served the community of Chetek as the school district’s custodian for 22 years, known to students and teachers for his humor, hard work, and kindness. In retirement, he loved spending time with family, birdwatching, foraging, growing shiitake mushrooms, working in his garage, and trail riding around the family property, with Bella always at his side.

He is survived by his “bride” of 51 years, Barb Anderson; his brother, Ronald Anderson; his children: Christopher (Kelly) Anderson, Amy (Jason) Francois, Jessica (Michael) Anderson, and Adam (Bobbi) Anderson; his grandchildren: Joshua (Missy) Soley, Alicia (Kenneth) Harris, Casie (Steven) Morgan, Alicia (Aaron) Werner, Christopher (Sarah) Anderson, Gregory Anderson, Jakob Francois, Jenna Francois, Allie Anderson, and AJ Anderson; and his great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Leona Sandberg, father Eldrigh Anderson, and brothers, Richard Anderson and Michael Anderson. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire. Pastor David Holmbeck will officiate. A visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. A luncheon after the service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church.


16 Mar


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Smith Funeral Chapel 2222 London Rd Eau Claire, WI 54701 Get Directions »
16 Mar

Funeral Service

12:00 PM

Smith Funeral Chapel 2222 London Rd Eau Claire, WI 54701 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 03/15/2024

    Barb, Sheila and family, So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. So many wonderful memories made with your family when we were growing up. The several Greyhound trips I took to Minnesota to visit Sheila as a young teenager, The RV trip with your family to Virginia Beach and the countless hours spent at your house across the street. Your family always made me feel welcome at any time! Thanks for all those wonderful memories! Prayers for peace and comfort for all of the family! Pam (Klopp) Mathews

  • 03/15/2024

    Bob (and Barb) generously welcomed me into their home and lovely family and adopted me as "their Dutch son". I would quickly gain a great friend and second father. Bob was truly one of a kind. He was loving, kind, generous, free-spirited, with an unparelleled sense of humor. I have such fond memories of our classic rock road trips through the Wisconsin backroads and our lively discussions and conversations with pizza. I feel grateful to have met 'Opa' Bob and will forever cherish our time together. I will miss him so much. Job, Judith, Hein and Wout Meijer

  • 03/09/2024

    I will always remember Bob for blasting classic rock music over the loudspeakers when I would come in to work after hours at Roselawn, and saying, "are you listening to me Miss Nancy?", if I wasn't giving him direct eye contact when he was telling me one of his many stories. He had a huge impact on the students at Roselawn with his quirky sense of humor, and kindness that he showed to all student, especially those with special needs. He was a incredible co-worker, dad, husband to his "bride" Barb, and the big brother I never had. I will miss him terribly.

  • 03/07/2024

    Bob was a great dear friend. Both Barb and Bob were in our wedding in 1973. We have been friends for a very long time. Love ❤️ and prayers to Barb and her family to get through the loss of Bob. Sally and Larry Lane

  • 03/06/2024

    Barb and family, I am very sorry to learn of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful man. We had many laughs while working at Roselawn. He will be missed by many❤️

  • 03/06/2024

    My deepest sympathy for you and your family. Sending prayers for comfort and love during this difficult time 🙏❤️

  • 03/06/2024

    While I did not know Mr Anderson personally I know he was a good man as he raised a wonderful, compassionate and caring daughter, Amy. My heart breaks for Amy and her whole family. May his memory be a blessing.

  • 03/06/2024

    Barb and family, so very sorry for Bob's passing. May our Lord comfort you and keep you during this difficult time. Shelley Marsh Briggs


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    Forever in our hearts - Job, Judith, Hein & Wout Meijer -

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    Sally Lane planted 5 trees in memory of Robert Eldrigh Anderson . - 03/15/2024

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