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Robert G. Anderson, 86, who had worked for the Montana Employment Service and was a dedicated fisherman, died April 3, 2012.
He was born in Roundup on Sept. 12, 1925, to George and Louise Anderson. His father taught him to fish as a young boy, and fishing became his lifelong passion. He also was a Boy Scout, which helped hone his camping skills.
He attended schools in Roundup and was granted early graduation in 1943 to enlist in the Navy during World War II. He had played varsity basketball and football and was an amateur boxer.
He received naval training in Farragut, Idaho, then attended Aviation Machinist’s Mate School in Norman, Okla., and Torpedo Bomber School in Memphis, Tenn.
He was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Cape Esperance in the Pacific. The escort carrier was ferrying aircraft to the 3rd Fleet when it encountered the worst typhoon of 1944, with winds of 135 mph that sank three destroyers.
After serving in the Pacific he was stationed in Seattle as permanent Shore Patrol. He attained the rank of Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class, was honorably discharged in March 1946 and returned to Roundup.
His father and Chet Chesterfield built a cabin, Squatter’s Roost, on Deadman’s Basin Reservoir to commemorate the service of their sons. Mr. Anderson married Betty Ussin on July 20, 1946, and they had three children, Bob and Paula of Billings and Terry of Tempe, Ariz.
Mr. Anderson worked for Marshall Wells and Bair-Collins Coal Co., then moved to Billings after being hired by the Montana State Employment Service to work as an interviewer and claims representative.
On April 8, 1977, he married Kathryn Bartley in Cody, Wyo.
Survivors include six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elaine Morici.
Services were April 11 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.