Bob Anderson Celebrates 90 years!

Robert Wilson Anderson is turning 90 on December 7th. Bob has lived in New Carlisle since March of 1947 when his family moved to the area from Bertrand Township, Michigan.

After graduating from New Carlisle High School in 1950, he received an invitation from the U.S. Army he couldn’t refuse and became a private. He was wounded in the Korean War.

Following his injury, he was hospitalized in Japan, Texas, and Hines Hospital in Chicago. He went to a school for the blind in St. Louis and returned to the New Carlisle area to reside with his parents.

Bob has always loved sunshine and water. Following his discharge, he and some friends lived in Florida for a while and spent time soaking up the sun while fishing and boating.

Bob returned to the New Carlisle area and decided he “needed something to do” so in 1961 opened up Carland Auto Parts in the building that now houses Moser’s.

Bob always amazed customers by being able to find parts in the store and make change, even though he is totally blind. He greeted customers by name when he heard their voice. He has always had a talent for recognizing voices.

On June 25, 1966, Bob was honored by the Indiana Disabled American Veterans with the DAV Meritorious Occupational Achievement Award. The award ceremony was held at the Hotel Elkhart in Elkhart and Bob remembers it was really hot that night. Carland expanded to the building next door that previously housed the old Post Office and now houses the coffee/chocolate shop. He sold lawn and garden equipment, bicycles and snowmobiles. Bob rarely missed a day at work.

In 1982 he purchased Quick Way Mufflers located where Bales Mechanical is now housed. He continued working at Carland until 1988, when he closed the business and began working at the Muffler shop full-time.

The Muffler shop was sold in May of 1995, but Bob continued to work there until 2004, when he finally decided to retire at the age of 76. He enjoys visiting with friends and family.

He spends his time listening to recorded books, radio, TV, and various sports including football and baseball. He particularly enjoys Notre Dame’s Women’s Basketball. He has spent the past few years sponsoring dirt bike racing and his riders have placed and won many awards. He loves talking with the young people about all the things they are doing. Bob can discuss almost any topic. He swims and enjoys his hot tub! He loves sitting on his deck and front porch.

Bob’s family is celebrating his 90th Birthday at an open house on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 2-4 at his home located at 314 E Ada in New Carlisle.

Please come and wish Bob a Happy 90th Birthday. If you are unable to come, please send an audio or video greeting to or message his niece, Juilann Ford on Facebook. We will be playing those to Bob and he will enjoy listening to family and friends.

Please note that we ask all guests to abide by Covid 19 guidelines and mask up to keep Bob safe!

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