John R. Anderson, Jr., beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend died on July 27, 2017. He was born April 15, 1944 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Edison High School in 1962. Upon graduating he studied at OSU in Stillwater for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was in communications and served one tour in Vietnam. Returning to Tulsa he attended Spartan School of Aeronautics, where he earned his airframe and power plant licenses, and went on to work for American Airlines as a mechanic, where he retired in 2010 after almost 25 years.
He was an avid streetrodder, owning and building several cars, and winning many awards at car shows over the years. He had a model railroad in HO scale and flew model airplanes for several years. Most recently he added antique radio restoration and HAM radio operation to his hobbies. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending winters in Florida.
He was survived by his wife, Vicki, of almost 30 years, a son John R. Anderson III and his wife Mollee of Fayetteville, NC, and their children John R. Anderson IV, Nashville, TN, Jordan Anderson, Tampa, FL, Grace Daugherty and husband Dylan of Chattanooga, TN, and Claire Mills and Jacob Mills of the home; a daughter Gretchen Clarkson and husband Bradley of Stillwater, OK and their children Cates Cathey, Tucker Cathey, Aspen Clarkson and Gentrie Clarkson; a sister Sharon Finnerty and husband Mark of Tulsa, OK. He is also survived by many sisters and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father John R. Anderson and mother Beatrice Anderson of Tulsa, OK.
A memorial service will be held in the Floral Haven Chapel August 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
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