Frederick Dale John, 1926-2017

Frederick Dale “Fred” John, 90, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and former longtime resident of New Carlisle, Indiana, joined his Lord Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was born at home December 13, 1926 in Shelby County, Indiana to George and Geraldine Phares John. He was the oldest son and 3rd of 7 children.

Fred was an educator and school administrator. He was the last principal of Rolling Prairie High School prior to the consolidation and creation of New Prairie. After consolidation, he became the principal of New Prairie Junior High for many years before taking the position of Superintendent of the La Porte County school system. Fred loved his work and the opportunity to interact daily with students, parents and teachers. After retirement, Fred and his wife Anna remained in the area for many years before moving to Arkansas, 4 years ago, to be closer to family. They have many friends and fond memories from their 49+ years in New Carlisle.

A veteran, Fred served in the Army at the conclusion of WWII in France. Throughout his life, Fred was actively involved in his community and church, including serving as Chairman of his church board and President of the La Porte Kiwanis Club. Most recently, he was a member of Community Christian Fellowship in Siloam Springs, Ark. He was often busy organizing and recruiting friends and family for everything from local events to excursions across the world. He was an avid euchre player and loved sports.

Fred played on his Morristown High School sectional championship team along side his friend Marvin Wood (the future coach of the 1954 “Milan Miracle” state championship team.) In the final game, Morristown beat Fred’s future wife’s “big city” school, Shelbyville High. He was a lifelong golfer, and was a loyal fan of IU basketball, Notre Dame football, the Cubs, Cardinals and what ever team his grandchildren were playing for. Family and friends remember him for his keen sense of humor, kind heart and frequent smile.

Above all, Fred was devoted to his family. Often traveling across the country with his wife, Anna, to visit their children or support their grandchildren in sports tournaments or other endeavors. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna (Gahimer) John, three children: Kathy Laster and husband Jerry of Siloam Springs, Ar.; Andy John and wife Amy of Jacksonville, Florida; Janis Hentrup and husband Mark of Indianapolis, Indiana; five grandchildren: Kristen Brumbalow and husband David, Kyle Laster and wife Lindsay, Keith Laster, Michael John and wife Danielle, Caroline John; and three brothers: Hugh John, David John and Don John.

A family memorial service is being held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Christian Fellowship, 525 S. Lincoln St., Siloam Springs, AR 72761.

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