John F. Anderkin

August 30, 1926 ‒ May 10, 2008

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: John F. Anderkin, 81, of Mansfield, died Saturday, evening May 10, 2008 in his home following a short illness.

He was born August 30, 1926 in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky to Jake and Minnie (Hamilton) Anderkin.

A WW II Army veteran, John served in the Asiatic and Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged in November of 1946.

The promise of steady work brought John to the Mansfield area in 1949. Shortly thereafter, he married Irene Carter on July 26, 1950. Together they celebrated 57 years of love and commitment.

He proudly worked 32 years for General Motors as a tool and die maker, retiring in 1989. His co-workers would agree“Big John” could be cantankerous and liked to tease, but only to be sure everyone was on their toes.

John was an active member of Mansfield Baptist Temple where he served the congregation as an usher. He enjoyed attending regular services with his wife and church family, and found great joy in gospel sings.

He also loved spending time working in his garden and around the yard. John or “G-pa” was always a proud supporter of his grandchildren and the activities in which they were involved.

John will be remembered for his uplifting spirit, as he was never one to complain. A man of great character and integrity, his kind ways and gentle guidance truly impacted everyone who knew him.

John is survived by his loving wife Irene Carter Anderkin of Mansfield, his daughter and son-in-law Sondra and Paul Doucher of Dublin, two grandchildren Elizabeth Doucher, and Paul Doucher, II, a step granddaughter and her husband Kimberly and Bob Piascik of Hilliard, and two great grandchildren Alexis and Jamison Piascik, two sisters-in-law Edith Anderkin of Florida, and Bertha Anderkin of North Carolina, several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends in Christ.

He was preceded in death by five brothers Roy, Bill, Herbert, Clarence, and Jake, Jr. Anderkin, and a sister Laura Haskins.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 13, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the sanctuary of Mansfield Baptist Temple, 752 North Stewart Road, Mansfield. Calling hours will continue Wednesday from 10-11 am in the church. A worship service celebrating the life of John F. Anderkin will be held Wednesday at 11 am in Mansfield Baptist Temple Pastor Dale V. Adkins will officiate. Burial, with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail, will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (formerly Finefrock Funeral Home) is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio, Mansfield Baptist Temple, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Foundation may be made at the church.