In Memory

John H. Anderson

John H. Anderson

The story of John H. Anderson (age 70) started on May 17th, 1950 in a small town called Guymon, Oklahoma.  While enduring a childhood full of challenge and change, John soon found respite on the family farm of his adopted parents, Benjamin and Dorotha Anderson.  These early years and his time in the U.S. Marines where he served two tours in Vietnam, formed the basis for his tireless work ethic & incredibly giving heart.  Through the years, John had many adventures, from starting AMS Production Machining, Inc. from a table in his garage to becoming the patriarch of an ever-growing family.  He was a kind man who made everyone feel important and gave freely.  John was involved in his community where he served several years on the Plainfield Police board of commissioners and was a founding member of the Hendricks County Community Foundation.  He was fiercely loyal and devoted to his family, from the late Benjamin and Dorotha to his surviving wife Debbie Anderson, sister Donna McGuyre and children Judd Meyer, Benjamin C. Anderson (wife Constance), Russell Meyer, and John Colby Anderson (wife Marci).  He loved being a PaPa and spending time with 11 grandchildren brought joy to his life and put a gleam in his eye.  The world lost a good one on March 18th when John passed, and he will be missed by his family and the community.  In typical John fashion, it was his adamant wish that a funeral not be held, but the family will hold a private service at a later date.  If you would like to pay your respects, please donate to Strides to Success in Plainfield or Plainfield LEO Family Foundation in memoriam of his incredible life.  These funds can be reached through the Hendricks County Community Foundation.  Hall-Baker Funeral Home in Plainfield is handling the arrangements.    Please visit to leave the family a condolence or a memory of John.  You can also leave a memory here at the In Memory link of our website.



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03/21/21 06:40 PM #7    

Dale Young

So sad to hear such tragic news. And, so proud to have had John as a classmate.  I didn't realize until now that we shared the same date of birth.  My condolences to his family and friends.  

03/21/21 08:48 PM #8    

Keith Trent

So saddened to hear of John's passing. The night of our 50th reunion that John and his wife so graciously hosted at Strides to Success was such a good memory. Each update we have received about the SAF invariably included a matching gift from the Anderson family fund from the Hendricks County Foundation. John's generosity knew no bounds. His parents were the salt of the earth and John followed in their footsteps. Our class was made better because of John

03/22/21 09:45 AM #9    

Diane Davis (Sharpes)

Debbie and family, I sincerely hope your memories of your beloved husband and father will sustain, lift and carry you through this extremely difficult time.  There was and will be only one John; he was the kindest, most generous and caring man I have ever know.  He left this world a better place and I am blessed to have known him.  God Bless you.

03/22/21 11:56 AM #10    

Kathy Trotter (Kline)

I was saddened by the news of John. What a great classmate, I was never around him that he did not put a smile on my face. My sincere condolences to Debbie and the family. May the Lord be with you as John is now with him.

03/22/21 01:36 PM #11    

Rachel Maxwell (Johnson)

John was so kind, generous and humble! He's been a boost to our class all these years and it was especially fun to have our 50th class reunion at Strides for Success! John gave so much of himself and his resources and we are so sad to lose him. Rest in peace, John. May arms encircle your family from above and from all of John's classmates during this tragic time. 

03/23/21 05:41 PM #12    

Willis Taylor (E)

Rest in Peace Marine. We now have the watch and pray and hope we honor your legacy in our communities and make you proud. Prayers and Good Thoughts to his family and friends for comfort and support.

03/24/21 10:36 AM #13    

Linda Chappell (Powell)

I am so sorry to hear about John's passing.  This is for you John.  Rest in Peace my friend.

When there is a bond between two people that is deep, there is never reason to say goodbye, for they will always be connected, no matter how far away they really are.

The bond of friendship is everlasting
True friends never say good-bye
There is pure truth between us
That will never die
The miles between will be rough
So carry the memories with you
Because the power of friendship
Will always carry you through
Remember, never forget
To follow what's in your heart
Because true friends
Will never be apart
We will soon see each other again
Our Lord will keep us strong till then
My heart holds you deep as friend
Praying that the Lord brings you home again
The Lord will comfort my heart
Washing away the ache with the tears that I cry
So I will say see you soon
And never good-bye

03/24/21 06:33 PM #14    

Dee Bell (Becker)

May John rest in deep peace. So sorry he was called to leave us. Thanks for your generous spirit.

03/25/21 08:13 AM #15    

Louis Geiger

I remember John and his parents from the time I was a child.  Even though we did not attend the same Quaker Meeting, we did attend many of the same Quaker gatherings and youth activities. His parents were hard-working, dedicated people.  I remember being at their farm on the hill.  John was always a well-liked and friendly boy.  Louie and I enjoyed visiting with him at the 50th class reunion and I enjoyed reconnecting with him and sharing childhood memories.  I know his presence will be greatly missed.  Dinah Lookabill Geiger

08/14/21 03:08 PM #16    

Carol Wendt

After John's passing in March, many of you asked how the class of 1968 was going to honor John.  After much thought and counsel, the PHS Hall of Fame seemed the perfect place. Although with no guarantee that he would be selected, his nomination was submitted from the class of 1968. This will serve as a lasting legacy for him, as a representative of our class and will offer his grandkids a place to know he is watching over them and also those students he desperately wanted to help who walk the halls of Plainfield High School.   Yesterday I received the letter below from the Hall of Fame Committee Chairperson.

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