John W. Anderson

July 22, 1960June 26, 2013
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John W. Anderson


John W. Anderson passed away on June 26, 2013 in a motorcycle accident in Greeley, Colorado. He entered this world on July 22, 1960 to Warren A. Anderson (deceased) and Margaret B. Anderson in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife Paula Shume Anderson, son John M. Anderson, his two grandsons Evan and Liam and his beloved chocolate lab Dakota.

He served in the United States Air Force for twenty-three years. Since his retirement from the USAF in 2005 John has worked at NAS Pensacola as a safety, health, and occupational specialist. He obtained a Bachelor's of science in history from The University of West Florida in 2005.

John was a devoted Husband, Father, Son, Papa and Friend. He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending quality time with his grandsons. John had a contagious smile that could light up a whole room and he will be greatly missed. He lived by the saying "It's a good day to ride!"

Funeral services will be held at Oak Lawn funeral home at 619 New Warrington Road Pensacola, FL 32506. A visitation with reception will be held on Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. A second visitation is scheduled for Friday July 5, 2013 from 11:30am until 12:30pm. The funeral service will begin at 12:30pm and then the procession to Barrancas National Cemetery will depart at 1:00pm. The interment at Barrancas will begin at 1:15pm. Following the interment a reception will be held at the AMVET'S located at 955 Dog Track Road Pensacola, FL beginning at 2:00pm.

A memorial account has been set up in lieu of flowers for John's grandsons at Bank of America. The account number is 898055482636.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 4, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, July 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 5, 2013

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Laura Medlock RDH

September 4, 2013

I just completed a 7500 mile motorcycle ride.I covered 25 states and Ontario. Johns words of safety, encouragement and zest for life and fun rang in my ears.I thought of his smile and laughter as he shared memories of riding with me and others.John, you are missed! Cheers , my teacher, patient and friend.

Kelly Arbelo

September 3, 2013

Was just thinking about John again today. I miss him

Walt Boltwood

July 20, 2013

Whether we were umpiring youth baseball at Probst Park in Columbus or riding together to umpire high school basebal in Louisville, MS, John and I had some great conversations. Happy 53rd in Heaven on monday, mine in September. I'll toast to you as we have toasted in the past. We will miss you. Walt Boltwood, Columbus, MS

Calvin Rich

July 11, 2013

I have taught many riding classes with John over the years. I always enjoyed coaching with him. He was a great coach and a great guy!

Jeff Piscitelli

July 8, 2013

I just meet John this year and only briefly he was with a like thinking crowd and looking forward to his adventure, Rest in Peace.

Elizabeth Boggs

July 8, 2013

I met John 15 years ago while deployed to Italy and I'm glad our friendship endured beyond the deployment. My prayers are with all of John's family and friends as we adjust to life without him.

Pam Wickham

July 6, 2013

So sorry I couldn't make the service and for your loss. He will definitely be missed by anyone who knew him. Love to you and little John and your grand kids. Stay in touch

Chad Loudon

July 6, 2013

I worked with John in the QA office at Pensacola NAS. We ate lunch every Friday and boy did he love bacon!!! Lol! If it had bacon on it we were going there to eat! He was a die hard Pittsburgh fan and we let him have it every time they would lose a game. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren! Ridin with Angels now, will see u again one day buddy!! I miss my friend!!!!

Kelly Arbelo

July 5, 2013

I worked with John on NAS Pensacola..He was a great man, we used to just sit and talk at the smoke pit. We talked about riding, and floatin' in the pool with his beer..I loved how he was so honest how he felt. I honestly just loved making him laugh, he had just a great laugh and smile. He loved a good life and loved to ride. To Paula, John, and Liam and Evan my thoughts are with you, and to my friend John I love u buddy, you will be missed dearly

Steve & Debbie Foster

July 5, 2013

We never met John, but feel he was a kindred we are Harley Lovers, Parents & Grandparents too...our hearts go out to his family..and we Pray that you will have that 'Peace' that passes understanding that God can provide