Robert Warren “Bobby” Anderson
Robert Warren “Bobby” Anderson was born on Jan. 6, 1954 in Dallas, Texas, to Leona Jean Jacobs Anderson and Charles Robert Anderson. In 1958, Bobby’s parents moved from Dallas to Breckenridge, and that was where he and his two older sisters were raised. Bobby lived in Breckenridge most of his life. He has been a member of St. Andrews Episcopal church since 1958 and was a man of strong faith.
Bobby was a standout student-athlete for the Breckenridge Buckaroos where he played football, golf and ran track. Bobby was voted Sophomore favorite and was also recognized as the 1973 Buckaroo Athlete of the Year. Bobby ran track at the State of Texas track meet in 1971 where he posted a time of 4:37.7 seconds in the mile. His 1-mile time is recognized as the Breckenridge Buckaroo track record for the mile at the 1760-yard distance and will never be broken. Bobby was also a member of the 1973 state runner up boys’ golf team, which is the highest Breckenridge boys’ team finish to date.
Bobby married his high school sweetheart, Paula Wylie Anderson, on Feb. 8, 1975. Bobby and Paula began dating early in 1972 and thus enjoyed almost 50 years of love together. Bobby attended Texas Tech University where he graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture. Bobby and Paula have two sons, Robert Dustin “Dusty” Anderson and Derrick Kellum Anderson that were raised in Breckenridge.
Upon graduation from college in 1978, Bobby worked for the City of Lubbock and in 1980 went to work in Plano ISD as the grounds supervisor for all Plano campuses. In 1982, Bobby moved his family back to Breckenridge and began his oilfield career. Bobby spent more than 20 years in the oilfield working for several oil and gas companies and oilfield services. Bobby’s oilfield career was highlighted by his time with BJ Services working on the North Slope in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, from 1990-92 as well as his time working with Chemplex out of Breckenridge where he got to lead sales in the Marcellus Shale play in the Appalachian Basin from 2010-2016. Bobby’s career also included 15 years working at Carstens Motor Company in Breckenridge.
Bobby enjoyed all things outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, and loved water sports. Bobby also was a major youth sports advocate and coached not only his children but also many other young Breckenridge athletes teaching them the value of hard work, teamwork, and maintaining a positive attitude. Late in life, Bobby loved going on trips with his family and enjoyed watching his grandkids’ activities where he was their biggest and many times their loudest fan in the crowd. Bobby was a strong supporter of all things Breckenridge and loved his friends in the community.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Robert “Bob” Anderson and Leona Jean Jacobs Anderson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Doris and Bill Wylie; brothers-in-law, Phil Bailey, J.D. Womack, and Jerry Wylie; and sister-in-law, Susan Wylie Thiebaud.
Bobby is survived by his wife of 45 years, Paula Wylie Anderson; sons, Robert Dustin Anderson of Aledo, and Derrick Kellum Anderson of Lucas; daughters-in-law, Kari Lee Edgar Anderson and Courtney Carver Anderson; grandchildren, Robert Austin Anderson (16), Natalie Claire Anderson (15), Darby Belle Anderson (14), Cooper Grace Anderson (13), and Dane Charles Anderson (11); Uncle Karl and wife Betty out of Dallas; sisters, Becky Anderson Bailey and Cathy Anderson Taylor, both of Plano; in-laws, Wayne Wylie and wife Pam out of Bryan, Steven Wylie and wife Shirley of Breckenridge, Deana Palmer and husband Kyle of Breckenridge; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Nothing worthwhile is easy. Trust in God and love Him with your whole heart, always putting faith, family, and friendship as priorities in your life (in that order).
Bobby’s funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the St. Andrew Anglican Church with Father Don Sackett officiating. His interment will immediately follow at the Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home staff. The Anderson family will welcome friends for a visitation at the church from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the day of the service.
A scholarship fund has been set up by the Anderson family to award Breckenridge ISD senior student-athletes. The “Bobby Anderson Memorial Scholarship” will be awarded annually to student-athletes that exhibit many of the qualities Bobby valued most: work ethic, attitude, teamwork, as well as athletic and academic high school accomplishments. BISD has graciously worked with the family to establish this scholarship and will be instrumental in helping select qualified candidates annually. For more information on how to contribute to a tax-deductible living legacy for Bobby through this scholarship, please contact Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home for further details.
Condolences can be made online at meltonkitchens.com