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.