Robert Anderson didn't look like John Wayne; John Wayne looked like him, he used to joke, said Wendy Anderson, his youngest daughter.
Bob Anderson, longtime owner of The Drover steakhouse in Omaha, died Tuesday following a heart attack. He was 74.
Besides the restaurant, he was co-owner of Anderson Food Shops gas stations with his brothers Dwight, Warren and Ray, and co-owner of La Vista Keno with Richard Bellino, Wendy Anderson said.
The steakhouse at 73rd Street and Mercy Road opened as a Cork 'N Cleaver in 1969 and became The Drover in 1979.
The restaurant became known for its salad bar, one of the first in Omaha, and still attracts customers from across the country with its whiskey-marinated steaks, said Buddy Goodman, co-manager. Goodman and Mike Sabin managed the steakhouse for Anderson for almost 40 years.
Amy Leise, Anderson's eldest daughter, said her father would have been happy to see his friends and family members gathered at the restaurant Friday night following the wake service.
Anderson was known as “the fireworks grandpa” to Leise's children and their friends.
The Fourth of July was his favorite holiday. Each year Anderson's pickup would be packed with fireworks to set off at Woodcliff Lakes near Fremont.
“I think he loved it for the kids,” Leise said.
Funeral services were held Saturday in Omaha.