Robert D. ‘Bob’ Anderson

Memorial services for Bob Anderson will be held on Friday, September 12, Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, KS, at 4:00 pm.

Mr. Anderson died on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Menorah Medical Center.

Bob was born on April 8, 1951 in Lawrence, Kansas, the son of Raymond and Hazel Anderson. He graduated from Lawrence High School and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Drury College. After college Bob moved to Missoula, Montana and started a construction business, Northwoods Building and Maintenance. In 1982, Bob returned to Lawrence to join the family business, Anderson Rentals. In 1988, Bob became president of Anderson Rentals. In 1994 Bob married Betsi Caldwell of St Louis, Missouri. The couple made their home together in Lawrence Kansas.

Bob was an active member of the American Rental Association participating on various committees and served as Vice President in 2003. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and archery. Bob was a licensed hunting guide and worked for outfitter, Mike Smith in Montana. He was also a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Lawrence Lions Club, Topeka Bow Hunters Association, recently joined the Cowboy Action Shooters Club and Single Action Shooting Society under the moniker of “Rowdy Tymes” 

Bob is survived by his wife, Betsi Anderson, step children, Brian Caldwell and Elizabeth Taylor, step grandson Sullivan Caldwell, siblings, Jane Anderson, Mary Anderson, and William Anderson. His sister Gayle Birdsong died in 2010. Other survivors include his nieces and nephews, Nancy Birkenmeier, Meghan Birdsong, Katherine Anderson, and William (Andy) Anderson.  

The family suggests that memorial donations go to Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.

Messages & Condolences

From charlene roy, pioneer supply co...

My sympathy for the loss of your dear

From Tab Beasley...

Bob was a good hearted person with always a smile on his face and a laugh awaiting. Enjoyed our conversations and will miss seeing him at Cabela’s. It was an honor to know him, God Bless.

From Teesha Miller...

Please accept deepest condolences to your and your family. When mere words cannot sustain you lean on your faith which will never fail.


From Rosemary Sayer...

Betsi, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

From Ben and Joyce Friesen...

As your neighbors, we are indeed sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. May the memories of the good times with him help in the grieving that is there with the parting.

From Kermit Cottrell...

I was so sorry to hear about Bob! Bob and Betsey were a great couple and a lot of fun to associate with. My prayers are with her and their families.

From Brenda...

My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Take care

From Don Dunn...


I, too, was shocked to hear of your and our loss! I remember many good days with Bob through the Lions Club and the days he and I talked of his transition to Cabela’s. Bob attended a few of the church services when I was still the pastor at Lawrence First Nazarene.

He was a good friend and a man of true integrity! Our prayers and thoughts,

Don & Janice Dunn

From Mary Gordon...

I am so shocked and saddened to read of Bob’s death. He was a wonderful man and an active and caring member of Lawrence Lions Club. I will never forget the wonderful party which you hosted at your lovely home for our member, Rene, before he returned to Honduras.

You are in my prayers, Betsi.

With love and sincere sympathy,

Mary Gordon

From Jeff and Kathy Johnson...

We will always remember happy times talking with Bob at Section holiday parties. He had such a great warmth and openness, making everyone feel good about themselves and lucky to be in his presence. Our hearts and prayers go out to you, Betsi, and all the family.

From Janet Klein...

Heart felt condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Chris Hartwell...

Was so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great person, very caring and touched a lot of peoples lives.
Mary, Bill & family you are in my thoughts & prayers..
Stay strong and know he is in a better place and no longer suffering..
Much love,
Christine Hartwell Jerby

From Vic Tuttle...

I was deeply saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. He was a Great Scoutmaster

From Glen Sharp...

Bob is a good man. I enjoyed his company on treks to Philmont and Sea Base. I will miss him.

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