John “Jack” Clinton Anders, beloved husband, father and grandpa, departed this earthly life on March 24, 2023. He was 85.
Jack was born to Paul and Sue (Noon) Anders in New Lexington, Ohio, on June 23, 1937. He graduated London High School alongside the famed class of 1956 and went on to serve in the Navy, put decades in at the London and Upper Arlington fire departments, and build the Original Anders Cleaning company.
He was a teenage troublemaker who gave up his antics (mostly) to marry Nancy, his high school sweetheart. No one has written a book about their love story because they can’t find the right words.
Jack took great pride in his work, but the true joy of his life was his family. He spent his final years surveying the life he built from the head of the dining table, making loved ones laugh and then retiring to his trusty recliner to fall asleep with the TV on full volume. He never wanted to miss a grandchild’s baseball game and adored playing with his kids’ dogs, eating things his doctor would prefer he left alone and pulling silly faces in serious photos.
Those who knew and loved Jack will tell you trying to describe him as a fool’s errand. He could seem intimidating but was boundlessly gentle. He was a selfless, hardworking, and quietly proud man, which could be seen in the way he looked at his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Sue, Aunt and Uncle Charles and Kathrine Perfect and siblings Gloria Clifton, Jim Anders and Danny Anders.
Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Anders; siblings Peggy Link, Mary Jane Lammi and David Anders; children Desiree (Peter) Daroczy, Jon (Michelle) Anders, Ben (Terry) Anders, Kirsten (Kelley) Kimley and Elise (Ari) Altman; twelve grandchildren: Adrienne Lipstraw, Allegra (Pat) Inman and Alexandria Lipstraw; Abby, Cassie and Ashton Anders; Addison and Caroline Anders; Levi and Lea Kimley; and Jack and Seth Altman. He will also be remembered by countless other nieces, nephews and loved ones including Niao Kanhalikham, who was like a son to him.
Please join us celebrating Jack’s life on Tuesday, March 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tidd Family Funeral Home (5265 Norwich Street, Hilliard). There will be a graveside service for Jack at the Union Cemetery in Columbus on Wednesday, March 29. A procession will leave Tidd Family Funeral Home at 10:30 am. Please arrive by 10:15 am to be in the procession. In lieu of flowers, in the spirit of Jack's giving heart, please consider giving to someone in need. Maybe a meal or caring for a repair or something. Give out of the gratitude of Jack's care for you.