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Posted by: The Stalker, August 3, 2012, 9:31pm
It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing this update.

Bob passed away tonight about 8pm.  He was surrounded by his and Kathleen's families.  

Kathleen said Bob went peacefully and even made them laugh in the last moments of his life.  

Bob was a remarkable man and put up one hell of a fight.  He was much stronger than any of us could have ever imagined.

Kathleen has asked that we do not call her right now; she needs some time to herself and will let us know when she needs us.  Please respect her wishes as this is a very difficult time.

Please keep Kathleen in your thoughts and prayers.  

The visitation will be Tuesday, August 7, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., at the Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake.  Pastor John Drake will officiate.  Burial will be in Windridge Memorial Park, Cary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name may be made to Hearts of Gold, PO Box 7806, Algonquin, IL 60102 or the Wounded Hero’s Foundation, 161 N. Clark St., Ste. 4200, Chicago, IL 60601.


Warriors Watch has been asked to escort our brother from the funeral home to his final resting place.  No flag line will be needed.  

Bikes for BOB.....lets show up in force to show him and Kath that they mean the world to us!
Posted by: Hilsen, August 3, 2012, 9:45pm; Reply: 1
:'(

Rest in Peace Dear Friend...
Posted by: TBird, August 3, 2012, 10:08pm; Reply: 2
R.I.P. Bob.  My prayers and condolences to family and friends.
Posted by: matter, August 3, 2012, 11:48pm; Reply: 3
Ya fought hard and long Bob.  Time to ride easy in Region 7 with our buds.  Man there's some good people there.  Somehow, when it's my turn to relocate there, it'll be a whole lot easier knowing you all will be there, waiting to show us all the cool roads..

Until we ride again..

-matter
Posted by: Pinky1977, August 4, 2012, 12:57am; Reply: 4
Rest in peace and ride free Wheelmaster.  You will be missed.  Prayers to the family and friends of this great man.
Posted by: Dukesmom1, August 4, 2012, 4:03am; Reply: 5
R I P Bob my thoughts and prayers are with the huge family and friends. you will be missed by all. You made us laugh and you made us cry ride free and be happy you are among friends now. We have your back here at home. Give everyone a hug for us and we will see you all soon. Love you man!!!!!
Posted by: FUNGI, August 4, 2012, 4:43am; Reply: 6
Rest in Peace Bob our thoughts a prayers are with your Family and Friends.
Posted by: matter, August 4, 2012, 8:46am; Reply: 7
Was there ever a time seeing Bob that did not bring a smile to your face??

Posted by: pamster, August 4, 2012, 9:07am; Reply: 8
You fought and long and hard battle my dear friend and now its finally time to rest.  You can now enjoy it where the roads never end and the sun is always on your back.  Give a big hug to Mike and Deb for us and we will keep the watch down here until we all ride together again!  Will miss you!
Posted by: Fitz, August 4, 2012, 9:51am; Reply: 9
PROBABLY THE STRONGEST, FUNNIEST, AND HAPPIEST MAN I'VE EVER HAD THE HONOR TO BE ABLE TO CALL A FRIEND AND BROTHER. I WILL TRUELY MISS OUR SHORT TIMES TOGETHER HONORING OUR HEROS. MANY HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF SIGING OUR BANNERS ON YOUR BROAD AND STRONG BACK. RIDE FREE AND PROUD MY FRIEND- YOU CAN NOW BE A PEACE, AND WITHOUT PAIN, WITH OUR OTHER FRIENDS. KEEP A SPOT OPEN FOR WE THAT WILL JOIN YOU IN THE FUTURE. I MISS YOU ALREADY. TO KATHY AND YOUR OTHER FAIMLY, I'M SO SORRY.
Posted by: Archie, August 4, 2012, 10:10am; Reply: 10

Native American Prayer
I give you this one thought to keep,
I'm with you still. I do no sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone
I am with you still, in each new dawn.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand there at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die.

Tha battle was fought like a man my friend.
I will miss that humor. To Kathy and family my prayers and thoughts are with you.
Posted by: Lee W, August 4, 2012, 11:17am; Reply: 11
Rest in Peace Bob, My Condolances to your loved ones!
Posted by: ChgoJim, August 4, 2012, 12:12pm; Reply: 12
ttoday is the hardest day of my life i not only lost a friend but a brother  we had alot of phone converstion  abot what we are both going tru u are deeply gonna be missed   Our sincere condolences to the family and friends  
Posted by: tanker8488, August 4, 2012, 12:31pm; Reply: 13
Bob - You will surely be missed but you'll be riding with us in the heavens watching over us!  It has been an honor serving with you on missions!
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, August 4, 2012, 1:08pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from matter
Was there ever a time seeing Bob that did not bring a smile to your face??




Thank you, Matter.  I read your post through my tears.

Bob, God Speed.


Standing by north of the Cheddar Curtain.



Posted by: Schwabie, August 4, 2012, 1:23pm; Reply: 15
Rest in Peace, Wheelmaster Bob.  Our family sends heartfelt prayers and condolences to Kathleen, his family, relatives and friends
during this very difficult time.
Posted by: spydermedic, August 4, 2012, 1:38pm; Reply: 16
RIP Wheelmaster.  
From No. Cal.


Richard & Dede Hodge
Oakley CA
Posted by: Gpopss, August 4, 2012, 1:58pm; Reply: 17
Rest in Peace Brother. Condolences to Bobs friends and family.
Posted by: mopargyrl, August 4, 2012, 2:44pm; Reply: 18
Rest in Peace Bob my thoughts a prayers are with your Family and Friends.
Posted by: Monster, August 4, 2012, 3:12pm; Reply: 19
It is terribly hard to even try and put my feelings in to words....there just arent any.Bob, you will be missed by a great many. More BROTHERS than you ever thought you would have. We have missed seeing you lend your back, for our returning Hero's to sign the welcome home banner...so many things about you....will be MISSED. YOU, laying down on the ground in front of the group pictures.....and, giving the waitress a hard time in a "funny" way, every time we went out to eat..You will be MISSED my friend....DEEPLY, and never forgotten. You may not have been a VET yourself....but your were indeed a WARRIOR!
Godspeed, Brother. JonD and others are waiting for for you! Give them all HUGS from us!
Monster
Standing by in shorewood.
Posted by: Dave D 1800, August 4, 2012, 4:47pm; Reply: 20

R.I.P. Bob, condolences to family and friends.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 4, 2012, 4:55pm; Reply: 21
WHAT CAN I SAY OTHER THAN MY FAMILY
AND I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER OUR  
PRAYERS AND SINCERE CONDLOENCES TO THE
FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF BOB.
Posted by: Schmitty, August 4, 2012, 5:55pm; Reply: 22
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bob Anderson. RIP brother, you wll be missed.
Posted by: Bemo, August 4, 2012, 7:46pm; Reply: 23
May you rest in peace brother, I will miss riding with you. I will take comfort in knowing you are watching over us.
Posted by: rlac, August 4, 2012, 8:32pm; Reply: 24
RIP Bob, and my deepest sympathy to his family
Posted by: Calamity, August 4, 2012, 10:00pm; Reply: 25
That fight was long and hard fought and Bob did the best he could!  My thoughts and prayers are with Kathleen, the rest of his family and friends, and you, his WW brothers and sisters.
Posted by: Chambo, August 5, 2012, 10:32am; Reply: 26
Bob, what can I say?  I could start with what I usually told you when we met at missions- "Did I ever tell you you're my hero?" to which you would pull me in close and sing loud enough to embarrass us both "you are the wind beneath my wings".  You were one funny man.  I can't remember a time when I was in your presence when you didn't make me laugh.  Ok, there is one exception and that was when you were in your coma but I imagine you were making jokes we just couldn't hear them.  The memories that we discussed at your bed side did make me laugh.  I will truly, truly miss you.    

Unfortunately the pain we feel when we lose someone is in direct portion to the love we had for them.  There are many people in pain today because you were loved by many.  You made everyone you met smile.  That is a remarkable statement but it is true.  

Kathy, please do not hesitate to ask if you need anything.   I wish there was something I could do to ease your pain.  
Posted by: Rambone, August 5, 2012, 2:00pm; Reply: 27
Rest in peace Bob.
                        We never met in this world, hope to in the next.
                                                                        Prayers and strength to the friends and family
Posted by: Lengua, August 5, 2012, 6:09pm; Reply: 28
May the Lord grant you peace, Bob and may he grant your family & friends the strength to endure these trying times.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 7, 2012, 7:41pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from Rambone
Rest in peace Bob.
                        We never met in this world, hope to in the next.
                                                                        Prayers and strength to the friends and family


This was a very nice quote.  You would have liked Bob.
Posted by: Moonshine, August 8, 2012, 12:03pm; Reply: 30
Georgia sends our heartfelt condolences to Bob's family and friends. We are so sorry to hear this news.
Posted by: T, August 8, 2012, 4:52pm; Reply: 31
My heart felt sympathy and condolences go out to Bobs family,his extended family and friends. Bob was a founding member and spoke with me often as WWR grew in Ill. Godspeed Bob. JonD and Kat are waiting for you. It'll be a hell of a welcome home for you bro. With love and respect,  T
Posted by: Camera Nut, August 22, 2012, 9:28pm; Reply: 32
My dear friend Bob, I miss you so much.  I know we have been very fortunate to have you as long as we did (but yet it just didn't seem long enough).  You made everyone laugh and brought so much joy into our lives.  Looking back through the photos, thank god for all the memories.  There's so many of you with children - they all loved you too.  You took the time to make them feel special and they could feel that.  All the service members hugs and handshakes - even if you weren't feeling great.  You knew why it was important to do what we do and what it stands for.  
I recall riding on 90 and feeding you cheetos ...and we weren't even on the same bike.  Boy was that stupid but fun at the time.  Kath probably didn't like it, but JonD thought it was funny too.  I don't know if it was Britney or Madonna that you were signing that day you came roaring into Sideouts, but we all enjoyed it.   Remember what happened in DC, stays in DC!  Thank you for always being there, especially over the past three years.    We will take care of Kath.  I love you Wheelmaster and I know you knew that.  Ride in peace until we meet again.
Posted by: Chambo, August 24, 2012, 7:04am; Reply: 33
This is a collection of photos of Bob mostly from WWR missions.  Hopefully Bob's friends and family will find some solace when watching it.  It starts by showing how Bob went out in true Bob style.  

I'm gonna miss that smile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3fQHr2lIUc
Posted by: matter, August 24, 2012, 1:48pm; Reply: 34
I just found this pic lookin' for something else..  Jim & Bob somehow found her Sparrows!!


2011-02-17 14.08.58 by mattcharlier@ameritech.net, on Flickr
Posted by: Chambo, September 19, 2012, 7:06am; Reply: 35
Quoted from Chambo
This is a collection of photos of Bob mostly from WWR missions.  Hopefully Bob's friends and family will find some solace when watching it.  It starts by showing how Bob went out in true Bob style.  

I'm gonna miss that smile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3fQHr2lIUc


Watched the video again this morning.  It...no.. you. You reminded me to smile more, laugh more and enjoy life while I can.  Miss you Bob.
Posted by: The Stalker, October 31, 2012, 12:36pm; Reply: 36
I miss you wheely
Posted by: Hilsen, November 27, 2012, 7:32pm; Reply: 37
I know I'm getting old. Every time I go to post something, tell you how much you are missed, the flood gates of memories come back and I choke up. There are so many things I want to tell you that I probably should have while I had the chance, but the most important I did tell you was "I love you sweetie."

Til vi møte ijgen, farvell
Posted by: Chuck S, December 8, 2012, 10:05pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from matter
I just found this pic lookin' for something else..  Jim & Bob somehow found her Sparrows!!


2011-02-17 14.08.58 by mattcharlier@ameritech.net, on Flickr


I remember this day, we had alot of laughs there. Going to miss you both a whole lot, ride in peace till we ride again.
Posted by: Hilsen, December 26, 2012, 2:13pm; Reply: 39
'Til we all meet again...

Love you and miss you
Posted by: Calamity, February 21, 2013, 12:09am; Reply: 40
In Memory of Bob "Wheelmaster" Anderson.  Thinking of his families and friends on this bittersweet day.
Posted by: The Stalker, February 21, 2013, 10:37am; Reply: 41
Today is your birthday, without candles and cake.
And since your not with us, we will not celebrate.
We cannot send you a birthday card, your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message to the one we love so much.
And grant us one wish and make it come true.
To have his choir of Angels sing Happy Birthday to you!

Love you wheely and miss you my friend.  
Posted by: Maria, February 21, 2013, 11:36am; Reply: 42
Quoted from The Stalker
Today is your birthday, without candles and cake.
And since your not with us, we will not celebrate.
We cannot send you a birthday card, your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message to the one we love so much.
And grant us one wish and make it come true.
To have his choir of Angels sing Happy Birthday to you!

Love you wheely and miss you my friend.  


that was beautiful...

Posted by: matter, February 21, 2013, 10:47pm; Reply: 43
Hippy Bathday!

Miss ya buddy!

Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, March 4, 2013, 8:42am; Reply: 44
Miss ya Bob.
Posted by: Hilsen, March 14, 2013, 6:33pm; Reply: 45
Miss ya sweetie
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, March 18, 2013, 8:20pm; Reply: 46
Remembering the good times.
Posted by: Chambo, May 1, 2013, 7:35am; Reply: 47
Thinking of you Bob.  
Posted by: The Stalker, June 5, 2013, 2:45pm; Reply: 48
Miss you Wheely....I think about you every day!!!   Save a spot for me in Region 7 okay..... not now...I dont' want to join you all yet :)  ....just saying save me a spot.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, June 6, 2013, 3:15pm; Reply: 49
Still remembering the good times Bob.


Posted by: Dukesmom1, June 13, 2013, 7:41am; Reply: 50
Not a day goes by where you don"t cross my mind. I miss you my friend!
Posted by: Camera Nut, July 5, 2013, 7:12pm; Reply: 51
Miss ya Wheelmaster.  Xoxoxo
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, July 24, 2013, 8:37pm; Reply: 52
SURE DO MISS YOU BOB
Posted by: The Stalker, August 3, 2013, 7:26am; Reply: 53
Wheely, today marks 1 year since you went on to region 7.  Sometimes I can't believe it has been a years, other times it seems so much longer.   I love you and miss you.  You will
Never be forgotten Bob.   Thanks for the fun memories, I think about our group get together often.   Until
we meet again xoxoxo
Posted by: Jinksey, August 9, 2013, 6:52am; Reply: 54
Rest In Peace Bob my thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends,
Posted by: matter, August 27, 2013, 9:43am; Reply: 55
I check in on ya from time to time..  Saw Training Wheel the other day.  Was good to see her..  Saw Tom laying down for the group picture just the other day..  Lotsa reminders of ya..  Miss ya, ya goofball..
Posted by: Hilsen, August 29, 2013, 8:41am; Reply: 56
It's been awhile since I have been here. That doesn't mean I don't think about you, because I do.

Miss ya, Sweetie...
Posted by: The Stalker, October 11, 2013, 10:39pm; Reply: 57
Missing you
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 27, 2013, 7:13pm; Reply: 58
JUST WANTED TO LET EVERYONE
YOUR FRIENDS MISS YOU.
Posted by: Chambo, December 19, 2013, 7:43am; Reply: 59
Every now and then when I think about you I re-watch your video.  Miss you my friend.
Posted by: Hilsen, December 24, 2013, 9:11pm; Reply: 60
Merry Christmas, Bob. I can only imagine the time you guys are giving Deb. I know she loves it and we all miss it.

Love you and miss you!
Posted by: The Stalker, February 21, 2014, 7:40am; Reply: 61

Today is your birthday, without candles and cake.
And since your not with us, we will not celebrate.
We cannot send you a birthday card, your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message to the one we love so much.
And grant us one wish and make it come true.
To have his choir of Angels sing Happy Birthday to you!

I miss the old days so much.   I miss my friend.
Xoxo


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
Posted by: Calamity, February 21, 2014, 8:08am; Reply: 62
We hold Bob in our hearts!
Posted by: Training Wheel, March 12, 2014, 7:26pm; Reply: 63
just dropped in to print this thread out...not sure if they are moving it over to the new web site or not.

The tears are pouring down my face as a read all the posts. I miss you so much, your laugh, your smile your crazy sense of humor.

You were my world, your brought so much happiness and FUN...you taught me how to lighten up and have fun and boy do I miss you

You will always be my prince

until we meet again

forever yours

Kathleen
Posted by: matter, March 12, 2014, 11:05pm; Reply: 64
They're not going away..  Trying to figure how to move them.  At the very least, they will stay here forever..

And yeah,  I come here from time to time too....  :-(
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, March 26, 2014, 7:18pm; Reply: 65
WAS LOOKING AT SOME PICS.
MISS YA BOB.
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