John L. Anderson

June 21, 1927 ‒ March 03, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

John L. Anderson, 87, of Delaware passed away Tuesday morning March 3, 2015 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

He was born June 21, 1927 in Mohicanville, Ohio to the late Walter and Helen (Metcalf) Anderson.

John served as customer service manager for GTE at various facilities throughout Ohio and he attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Delaware where he served as financial secretary for many years. He was also a former member of the Delaware Kiwanis Club and the former Delaware Elks Lodge #376. He had a passion for golf, the Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeyes. In his younger years, he played baseball and fast pitch softball.

Left to cherish his memory is his son John (Angie) Anderson of Powell; daughters Cheryl Lynn Anderson of Canal Winchester, Sue (Charlie) Likens of Radnor and Cindy (Sam) Dinovo of Delaware; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandsons; brothers Kenny Anderson of Mohicanville, OH, Darwin Anderson of New London, OH and Stanley Anderson of Ashland, OH; sisters Isabelle June Boley and Ada Mae Henry of Ashland; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years Norma and 3 sisters Imojean Boley, Charlene Thompson and Joan McIntire.

The family will receive friends on Saturday March 7th from 9:00 am until time of funeral services at 11:00 am at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware. The Rev. Jennell Rue will officiate. Private family graveside services will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family and memories may be shared by visiting

  • Cindy, Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Losing a parent is certainly a mark in time and leaves an enormous void. Our prayers are for peace and comfort at this time.

  • To The Family of John L. Anderson ;
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
    I know that the loss of a parent is especially difficult and leaves a large void.
    May nothing but fond memories remain with you now and forever .
    With sympathy;
    Steve Courter

    • Thanks Steve. I have a flood of great memories of him, especially the last few days. He will forever be in my heart.

  • My heart is heavy for the loss of such a wonderful man. John, Cindy & Sue…you will be in my prayers during this rough time.
    Love you guys like family!!

    • Hey Paula I remember us walking in to Sunday School one morning and seeing my dad there. Turned out he was taking over teaching the class. Seems there were a few “ornery” boys in there. The man could command a room!

  • Hi Cindy, I guess I never got to know your brother or sisters.
    Do you remember me? I lived across the backyard from you in Perrysville and you and Charlie played on the phones together that your Dad hooked up.
    I have wondered where your parents lived. They were the very best neighbors you could eve have. I am very sorry about you losing your father and having lost your mother at an earlier time. Our prayers are with you and all your family
    Doris Browning McElwain, Summerfield, FL 34491

    • Hi Doris, I think you are referring to Cheri, our oldest sister. I didn’t come along until the 60’s, but throughout our life dad always talked about enjoying his time in Perrysville.Family and phone company memories. Dads brother Darwin also lived close by. I would always think of mom and dad when I drove through Perrysville on many camping trips to the State Park. Thanks for sharing memories of our father.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss, John was such a sweet guy always helping any one who needed it at willow Brooke always with a smile . I will miss him dearly .

    With love ,
    Margie Watts (Hough)

    • Dad loved his time with his Willowbrook Family. His day to day life was healthier once he moved in. Our family appreciates all the love, attention and patience the Willowbrook family showered on him. Even when he was asking someone to help with his computer because he clicked on something he shouldn’t have:) In todays busy world it was comforting knowing even though we couldn’t be there all the time our dad was surrounded by love. Thank You.

      • Cindy and John,
        My heart breaks for you guys, Willow Brook staff and residents deeply loved your dad,we have all shared in your grief, I miss his smiles and hugs,his sense of humor,he brightened everyones day,we are praying for you!

  • This is a beautiful video of a life well lived. So sorry for your loss.
    Love, Mark, Michelle, Logan, and Adam

  • Such a loss to the Centrum at Willow Brook, Loved by all! Wished we could have had time to say goodby.

  • I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort sustain you as you await the promises found at John 5:28,29 and Rev. 21:4 where God promises to do away with all the things that cause us suffering and pain including death here on the earth forever. It is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family at this time.