John A. Nanninga
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John Allan Nanninga of The Woodlands, Texas died peacefully on April 28, 2014. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois on February 12, 1928. The Army brought him to Texas where he met his bride of more than 60 years and where he spent most of his years building a successful business, a strong family and a better community.

John was a man who left big footprints. He was a tall man, but we will remember him not for the size of his shoes, but for the impressions of the man wearing them.

One of John's biggest footprints on the community was as a business owner. He left a successful career with Allstate to create an independent insurance agency, John Nanninga-Insurance, now known as Insurance Offices - Texas. John's personal interest in his clients and their needs as well as programs like his young driver interviews made the agency successful and his clients safer.

John was also active in the community. He helped start community programs, including the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department, multiple swim teams and other community organizations. He was also active with the Spring Volunteer Fire Department. John and his wife, Annice, were part of the grassroots effort that helped start North Harris County Community College, the beginning of what is now Lone Star College. He supported public schools generally and business and vocational programs in particular. He was also a tireless volunteer. In his 20 years in The Woodlands, he was active in four different Village associations and boards, Pavilion Partners, American Legion Post 305, every Fourth of July parade and until recently, nearly every flea market, fair or large race that asked for help. His involvement didn't end there. John sought to get others involved and encouraged them to seek out opportunities and discover greater potential for themselves and their community. He was an enabler, in the very best sense of the word.

John was preceded in death by his wife Annice Blatt Nanninga, his parents Thomas Harry and Grace Iwema Nanninga, his sisters Judy Nanninga Howland and Grace Nanninga Berg. He is survived by his children - Thom and Karen Nanninga, Beth and Doug Grijalva and Ann and Paul O'Toole, and their families, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20th on the grounds of Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive,The Woodlands, Texas 77380.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to "The Way Home" Veteran's Memorial Project c/o Greater Woodlands Public Art Foundation, P.O. Box 8992, The Woodlands, TX 77387 or the John and Annice Nanninga Endowment at the Lone Star College Foundation, 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381, or to the charity of your choice.



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Published in The West University Examiner from May 12 to May 25, 2014.
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May 10, 2020
WOW! Year 2020 and fond memories of Annice and John remain fresh. What a special couple, and what a joy to recall the many special moments we shared. Their outreach to friends and to their community had many positive benefits to the enhancement of The Woodlands as a "real hometown"! A wonderful addition to any person's aquaintences, to the success of any organization they chose to honor with their service; and, to the lives they touched with their unselfish actions. Enduring reflections embedded in our hearts! In loving memory, Jane & Hartley Mackintosh
Hartley Mackintosh
Friend
May 7, 2019
John was a community treasure, always giving, participating and moving activities forward . His contributions in building citizen-oriented programs that provide pleasure, education, friendships and quality experiences for people, neighborhoods and the entire Township will be remembered! Fond memories of John's friendship and contributions are still so vivid and strong that it is hard to believe that he has gone to meet His Maker some five years ago. What a pleasure to have known him!
Jane & Hartley Mackintosh
Friend
May 25, 2014
Condolences to Thom and the entire Nanninga family - praying for your peace and comfort
Peggy Schaffner
May 18, 2014
John & Annice were wonderful friends, neighbors, doers, contributors,and advisers. Their lives were examples of being informed and committed citizens. We admired and loved them both!
Jane & Hartley Mackintosh
May 18, 2014
I am extremely proud of having been a friend to John. He was a pillar at The Village at the Woodlands Waterway. My Prayers are with Johns' Family.
Phillip Tippen
May 18, 2014
John was a friend and I was always glad to see him at The Woodlands Township, the Pavilion, the Forum, and other places in our community. I enjoyed his varied interests, his words of wisdom, and his friendship. I will miss him but know he is so happy being reunited with his beloved Annice. Rest in peace, my friend.
Nelda Blair
May 16, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the Nanninga family. May God give you strength, comfort and peace. ( Psalms 29:11)
May 15, 2014
I will miss seeing you at the Pavilion, I always enjoyed when you came through our gate and how you always took the time to just have a chat. You will be truly missed. thank you for all you have done for the community, your memory will live on!
Annette Robinson
May 14, 2014
Anne words do not adequately express the sadness you are going through with the loss of a parent I do know that you are not alone because God walks with you and your July moms are there for anything you need I am only a phone call away always I have said a hundred times time doesn't heal the pain of the loss it only helps you cope better. Love you.
Shelly Littleton
May 13, 2014
I have been volunteering at The Gathering Place for several years now and got to know John and Annice. What a beautiful couple they were! I was always so impressed with John's loving care of Annice and the way her eyes lit up whenever she looked at him. John always brightened my day with his quick wit and kind words. I will truly miss him! May God bring you comfort in this time of loss.
Nancy Schlirf
May 13, 2014
Common Ground Support Group: Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church
Roger Foxall
May 13, 2014
John was a great man - truly one of the best I've ever known. You couldn't know him for long without knowing his love for his beautiful bride and his family. He never seemed to stop looking for ways to help everyone he came across! What a warm and wonderful man and I was blessed to know him!
Susan Davidson
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