Robert (Bob) Joe Anderst (April 05, 1933 - September 29, 2023)

In loving memory of
Robert (Bob) Joe Anderst
  • April 05, 1933
  • -
  • September 29, 2023

  • Obituary
  • Sign Tribute Wall
  • Photos


Robert (Bob) Joe Anderst, age 90, of Palm Coast, FL, died on September 29, 2023. Bob, the son of William and Olga Anderst, was born on April 5, 1933, in Parkston, SD. During the depression, his family moved to a farm in Ozark, MO where he learned the value of hard work. Bob graduated from Plankinton High School, Plankinton, SD and completed several years of college at the School of Mines in Rapid City, SD. Bob was married to his high school sweetheart Helen (Holmes) Anderst in 1952 and they had three children: Charles, Michael, and Roberta (Robin).

Bob began his career in Rapid City, where he was employed by Dakota Steel, starting in the drafting department of the steel fabricating company and advancing to plant supervisor. He then became a partner in North Central Supply, a successful business selling wholesale building supplies. In the early 1970’s, he and his family moved to Minneapolis, MN and he worked for Warner Hardware as an architectural hardware consultant. He received recognition for his work and earned numerous awards throughout his career.

Bob enjoyed working with clients and helping them with their construction needs. He loved to travel with his wife and maintained a wide variety of friendships. Bob and Helen’s favorite forms of travel included exploring in their RV and cruising.

Bob will be specifically remembered for making people feel very special. He had a positive outlook on life and would do anything for his family. Those who knew him well could count on him as a loyal friend for life. He was an accomplished mentor and helped many people throughout the years.

Bob and Helen were married over 71 years. They grew up in the same neighborhood in Plankinton, SD, played together as children, dated in high school, and married when Bob was a freshman in college. When asked for a comment on achieving such a long-lasting marriage, Bob replied, “You gotta live a long time!” In addition to an obvious sense of humor, Bob mentioned things like tolerance and understanding. Helen emphasized the importance of settling disagreements promptly.

After his retirement, Bob and Helen moved to Lake City, FL to be closer to family. His final move took him to Palm Coast, FL where he and Helen enjoyed family, church, and convenient access to cruise ships. During the last few years of his life, he and Helen travelled with family to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Hawaii, the South Pacific, Israel, and the Panama Canal. His goal was to live life to the very last drop and he succeeded.

Bob is survived by his wife, Helen, and two children: Chuck (Donna) Anderst of Naples, FL, and Drs. Robin Walsh (Chuck) Hall of Flagler Beach, FL; grandchildren: Jeff (Destiny) Anderst, Faribault, MN; Dani (Chris) Anderst, Waterloo, WI; DeeAnne (Chase) Anderst-Simmons, LaCrosse, WI; Daniel Walsh, Miami, FL; bonus grandchildren: Kevin Osella, Heather Frazier, Heidi Rinaldi, Brandon Ullom, Coltt Ullom, Jeff Hall, Emily Baker, Chris Hall; numerous great grands, great-great grands; brother James (Lee) Anderst, Clearwater, FL; and sisters-in-law Joyce Hoefert, Hartford, SD and Sharon Wojciechowski, Dunedin, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Olga Anderst; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Kenneth and Elva Holmes; brothers William Jr. and Thomas; sister-in-law Moira Anderst, brothers-in-law Darrell Hoefert and Raymond Wojciechowski; son Michael Anderst; and granddaughter Elizabeth Anderst.

A memorial service will be held by the family at Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church, Palm Coast, FL, on November 4, 2023 at 10:30 am. At a later date, Bob will be interned next to his family at the Mizpah Cemetery in Plankinton, SD. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church at 101 Pine Lakes Pkwy., Palm Coast, FL 32164; or the Plankinton, SD High School Alumni Association, PO Box 371, Plankinton, SD 57368.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at


Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church
101 Pine Lakes Pkwy, Palm Coast, FL 32164
Get Driving Directions

Date & Time:
November 4, 2023 at 10:30 AM

Tribute Wall

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Laura Lavelle says:
    09 Oct 2023
    I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing, my sincere condolences to Helen & Family, he will be missed at the Senior Center.

  2. Charles and Donna Korus says:
    05 Oct 2023
    HELEN AND FAMILY, So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We're are so glad that we got to know him better at the Senior Citizens group. He was a very special person. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Rhonda-Kay Gatlin says:
    05 Oct 2023
    Bob was dear to me. When Robin and I met Helen and Bob took me in as one of the kids. Bob was kind, gentle, and funny. He told me stories about his escapades as a youngster that made laugh out loud. I will miss him and my heart goes out to the family. I loved Bob as a second Dad.
    Rhonda-Kay Gatlin

  4. Sherri Golden posted an image:
    05 Oct 2023
    Our last family reunion in Florida.
    Our last family reunion in Florida.

  5. Sherri Golden says:
    05 Oct 2023
    Rest in peace my dear brother in law. Your gentleness and sense of humor will always be remembered. We will never forget you!

Send an E-Card

Please select an e-card

    Required fields are marked *

    Note: The code below resets with every submit of the form