SHIDLER — Howard M. “JR” Anderson Jr., age 62, longtime resident of Shidler, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Friends and loved ones may pay their respects at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 30, at the Blackwell Church of Christ with Lanny Jobe, pastor and Charles Richey officiating. Following the service, he will be laid to rest next to his parents in IOOF Cemetery in Tonkawa. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Crematory, Ponca City.
JR was born on June 17, 1955, the son of Howard M. Anderson Sr. and Peggy Hawkins Anderson in Blackwell. He was raised in Blackwell, graduating from Blackwell High School in 1973. After high school, he began helping his father at the family service station in Shidler, starting him off on his lifelong career. On Aug. 25, 1980, he married the love of his life, Diana L. Taylor in Pawhuska. They made their home in Shidler where he has been a congenial presence at the Texaco Station that he began running after his father’s passing. When not greeting customers and friends at the convenience store, he enjoyed hunting for the big bucks or fishing for the large catfish in the wide open spaces of north central Oklahoma and was an avid OU fan his entire life. He also had a passion for old cars, spearheading and overseeing the Shidler Chamber of Commerce Car Show for 14 years running; while showing many of his own fine examples of early 1970s muscle cars. Above all, JR was a kind, loving man, who cared deeply for his family, adoring his grandchildren and helping others in need. He will be dearly missed by his family and the Shidler community.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Diana; cherished daughters, Ryan Moore and boyfriend Jeremy Newman, of Wichita, Kan., Sarah Bracken and husband David, of Shidler and Melissa Yandell and husband Bryan, of Kaw City; siblings, Terry Anderson (Phyllis), of Blackwell, Deanna Senseman (Chris), of Ponca City and Monty Anderson, of Blackwell; half-brother, Randy Bowling; half-sister, Kelly Munroe, of Newkirk; treasured grandchildren, Bailee Moore, Emma Moore, Maddox Bracken, Cooper Bracken, Tinley Anderson, Brynna Yandell, Alyssa Yandell, Trinity Newman and Alexis Newman; family friend, Jeremiah Moore, of Udall, Kan.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard M. Anderson Sr. and Peggy Hawkins Anderson Bowling, as well as his half-sister, Connie Pappan.