John R. Anderson

John Anderson died peacefully at home in Lawrence, KS on February 11, 2017. He was a man of faith who loved God, family, and friends above all else. John cherished time spent with others, particularly his siblings who he loved staying connected with whenever possible. John grew up in Salina, KS and graduated from Salina High in 1956, briefly attending Kansas State University. While living his adult life in a variety of places, John greatly valued his lifelong friendships with classmates, colleagues, and the many friends he made after retirement in Lawrence, KS. John worked in retail sales in Salina, KS, Hastings, NE, and Moberly, MO, and served two decades as a wholesale buyer for a McKesson Corp in Harrison, AR and Boston, MA, highlighted by international trips to the Far East, before retiring in 2002. John enjoyed the outdoors and spent many hours tending gardens and landscaping for his children and grandchildren. He was active as a Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence and volunteered to visit and serve communion to homebound church members. He had a caring heart and maintained a sense of humor even when his own physical suffering increased. Throughout his adult life John knew that his Father in heaven had a place for him and he never wavered in his faith. While he will be greatly missed, his family knows that he is in a better place. John is survived by 5 children; Brad Anderson (Jane), Salina; Mike Anderson (Linda), Castle Rock, CO; Doug Anderson (Becky), Wichita, KS; Beth Easter (Greg), Lawrence, KS; Craig Anderson (Emily), Shawnee, KS; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; his brother, Wayne Anderson (Marcia), Pullman, WA and his sister, Barbara Houdek (Larry), of Salina, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts can be designated to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment or a charity of the donor’s choosing and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS on Saturday, February 18. Family will begin receiving visitors at 9:30. A burial and memorial service will take place in Salina at a later date. There will be no viewing as cremation was selected. Online condolences may be posted at Please sign this guestbook at