Robert Anderson

Robert Arthur Anderson

Robert Arthur Anderson died on Dec. 15, 2013. He was born on Aug. 22, 1926 in Detroit, Mich.

Robert was raised in Detroit during the city’s glory years and then at the age of 16 relocated with his family to Pasadena, Calif. At 17 years old with World War II in progress, Robert volunteered for the Navy. He was deployed on the Sitcoh Bay spending 10 months sailing the Pacific and encountered his first round of combat in Okinawa. When Robert returned from overseas, he attended Pasadena JC.

In 1952 the Army deployed him as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. Robert ended up stationed in Trieste, Italy from July 1952 to October 1953 as part of a peace keeping force. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He eventually worked as a probation officer with the County of San Diego and retired after 21 years of service.

In 1987 Robert relocated to Orcas Island, Washington and lived on “his beloved island” the rest of his life.

Robert’s memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26 at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island Eastsound, 242 Main Street, Eastsound, Washington 98245. A reception hosted by the Orcas Hotel is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. A private interment will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Mission Ministries, 910 W. Holly Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, Wash. and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Robert, please sign the online guest register at