John Douglas VanOrder

John Douglas VanOrder, known by his many loved ones as Doug or Grassman, passed on from this life on December 7th of 2022. He was 60 years old. Adopted by John and Helen with his sister Paula, Doug spent his childhood in North and South Carolina, and made his way across the country. He spent some years gathering wild stories and experiences, living life like a vagabond. 

Doug met Anne by chance after missing a bus stop, sparks flew, and they quickly made a family, and started a life. Together they eventually found stability and sobriety through a relationship with Christ. Doug began pursuing his passion in Motorcycle Ministry, helping those that were hurting in the same way he was for so many years. He loved nothing more than a road trip with his brothers. 

Doug’s lawn business prospered, and he was able to provide the life for his family that he always wanted. He spent the rest of his able bodied days dedicated to his dear friends, his family, his Harley, and his God. Doug was known for his quick witted sense of humor, fierce determination, and generous nature. 

He is survived by his dedicated wife of 30 years, Anne, their two beautiful daughters: Carley and Emilee, and his daughter-in-law Britni. He’s loved dearly by his in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and all extended family and friends. 

We want to thank the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville for taking such great care of our beloved Doug, and making his transition on to the next life as comfortable as possible. 

Memorial services will be held at Good Samaritan Funeral home on January 7th at 12 pm in Denver, NC. You’re encouraged to wear your best biker attire. Reception courtesy of Pursuit Church will follow at their location. For those not local, another memorial will be held in Mobile, AL at a date to still be determined. 

One Response to John Douglas VanOrder

  1. Norma McMullan January 7, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

    I am sorry that my husband and I can’t attend the memorial servide for Doug. I am the sister in law of his mother, Helen Jane and I knew Doug when he was a little lad. I didn’t get to know him after he grew up and it is my loss I am sure. I did meet his two girls on an occasion and think that they are wonderful girls. Sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Norma Rigsbee Bowden McMullan

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