John Robert Watkins
Jul 6, 1951 - Jan 10, 2017
John Robert Watkins, 65, passed away quietly Jan. 10, 2017, in Clermont, Florida. He was with his life partner, Lynn Harper-Frazier, at the time of his death.
John was born July 6, 1951, and was graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1969. John was actively involved in boating, loved golf and spending time with his family and friends.
Prior to his retirement in 2005, John worked 34 years for the Delco Remy Division of General Motors as an electrician maintenance manager. He eventually was promoted to plant manager with Delco Remy International. In his capacity as plant manager, J.R. traveled extensively to China, Hong Kong and Mexico.
John is survived by his partner of 26 years, Lynn Harper-Frazier, of Leesburg, Florida; mother, June Watkins, of Anderson; daughter, Amy Watkins; grandchildren, Jordan Watkins and Sidney Parrish; sister, Karen Myers; nieces April Myers and Gretchen Smith, of Anderson; four great-nieces and nephews, all of Anderson; sister, Connie (David Heinke) Watkins, and nephew, Matthew Watkins, all of Elmhurst, Illinois; and Lynn's children, DeAnn Frazier, of Nashville, Tennessee, Donny Frazier of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Daryn Frazier, of Pensacola, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Watkins, and his sister, Kathryn (Watkins) Vaughn.
A Celebration of Life will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at the Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory Community Room in Anderson, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for pancreatic research in John's memory.
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