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Robert M. Anderson

June 22, 1946 ~ April 30, 2019 (age 72)


Robert M. Anderson, 72, of Streator and formerly of Chicago passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at his residence.

  A Celebration of Life will be at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.

  The family will receive friends from 1-3 P.M. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the funeral home.

  Cremation rites have been accorded.

  Born June 22, 1946 in Chicago he was the son of Cornelius and Phyllis (Struck) Anderson.  He married Kathleen Nichols on March 13, 1965.  She preceded him in death. 

  He is survived by his mother, Phyllis Wilson of Streator; a daughter, Melissa (Tom) Powers of Sycamore and a son, Andrew (Kristin) Anderson of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Kelsey (Jacob) Finney, Riley Powers, Alyssa Anderson and Alyvia Anderson; a brother, Cornelius “Neil” (Penny) Anderson; a sister, Mary Beth Utsch; and a sister in law, Lucy Thompson.

  He was preceded in death by his father; sister and brother in law, Phyllis “Gail” (John) Risberg; a brother, Glen Anderson: a brother in law, Edward Utsch and his step-father, Robert Wilson.

  His second time around partner in life and business was Mary (Gamino) Ceja-Anderson since April 9, 1988.  She survives in Streator.  His second time around daughters, are Christine (Dr. Michael Rager) Ceja-Rager and Carrie (Anthony) Szambelan; his second time around grandchildren, are Brianna and Nicholas Szambelan.

  Born and raised in the Chicago he worked as a Meat Cutter and in Real Estate Property Rehab. 

  Through the years he lived in Chicago, Justice, Berwyn, Hickory Hills, Palos Hills, Joliet and Streator.

  Robert “Bob” “Roberto” “Andy” Anderson passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his daughters, son in law and Mary.

  Retiring from the meat cutting trade after 24 years and going into the rehab-rental business with Mary, Robert’s destiny was Streator on a casual drive; a beautiful, sunny fall day in September 1994, to the residence that he loved, cherished and purchased in February of 1995.  His vision, talents and work ethic in so many trades made this home one of a kind. 

  Friendly to anyone who stopped in, his gift of gab, knowledge on so many topics, together with his belief that you talk to a stranger wherever you go made him many friends in his 72 years of life and his 24 years of residency in Streator.

  His laugh, jokes, antics and ability to make you laugh and his vision on making someone else’s trash into a treasure will be remembered by all who knew him.

  Robert will be greatly missed by his immediate and extended families of Anderson, Ceja, Gamino, Powers, Rager and Szambelan.  He will also be greatly missed by a long list of niecs, nephews, great nieces and nephews and his Streator family and friends.

  Memorials may be directed to Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
May 18, 2019

1:00 PM
Solon-Telford Funeral Home
301 S. Park St.
Streator, Illinois 61364

Celebration of Life
May 18, 2019

3:00 PM
Solon-Telford Funeral Home
301 S. Park St.
Streator, Illinois 61364

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