KALISPELL - Robert Lewis "Bob" Anderson of Kalispell died Jan. 20, 2004, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.

A funeral service was held Saturday in Kalispell.

Bob was born on July 14, 1919, in Havre to Lewis and Bernice Anderson. He graduated from Havre High School, Northern Montana College, and Kinman Business School.

On June 2, 1943, he married Lola B. McAuley. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

Bob served in the Army and was stationed in France and Germany during World War II. He was honorably discharged at the rank of master sergeant after WWII ended and arrived home to surprise his bride on her birthday.

Bob was known to many as "The Postcard Man." He owned and operated a postcard distributorship for 28 years. Those who saw it remembered his Winnebago, with painted reproductions of two of his favorite cards on its sides. He retired in 1981.

Bob was an avid and accomplished golfer, bowler and softball player. He was proud of being chosen to play in the softball World Series in Chicago when he was 15 years old. He often played golf at West Glacier and eventually resided at Village Greens. He spent many summers at his home on Lake Five with his grandchildren. In the final year of his life, he lived at Buffalo Hills Terrace.

He was an active volunteer in an elementary school program helping children improve their math skills by learning to play cribbage. He was a lifelong Lutheran and helped to found a Lutheran church in Colorado when he and his family lived before moving to Kalispell in 1958.

His parents, a sister, Carol, and a brother, Jim, preceded Bob in death.

He is survived by his wife, Lola; a son, Robert Arthur Anderson of Kalispell; a daughter, Carole Phillips of Kalispell; a son-in-law, Roger Phillips of Kalispell; a sister, Geraldine Miller of Washington, D.C., two granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial to Buffalo Hill Terrace, Immanuel Lutheran Home, or the Shriners Children's Hospital in Spokane, Wash.

Arrangements were by Johnson Mortuary.


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