On Friday a plane crash in Florida took the lives of Charissee Peoples,. 42, of Indianapolis, and Duane L. Shaw, 59, of Albany. The pilot of the plane, Clinton County High School Spanish teacher Michael Anders,59, also died in the crash. Sunday he was remembered by all of those who knew him at Clinton County High School.
Memories and grief swirl in the minds of those who knew Michael Anders. But admiration was there as well. Anders was a jack of all trades; Starting his career in the Navy and eventually teaching in the Virgin Islands before landing in Clinton County a few years ago. It didn't take long for him to find a place in the hearts of those around him.
"He was well traveled which made him very interesting to talk to. With his plane he traveled all over the world. It just made him a very interesting person to talk to." said School Principal Sheldon Harlan.
"He knew so many people, but me and him was really close. We done a lot together." commented an emotional Trevor Riddle, who played for Anders on the school's golf team.
Sunday students got a chance to stop by and visit Anders classroom just as he left it.
"His room is decorated with pictures of his golf team, and his chess team, and his family. It's very clear if you go into his room what was important to him. We thought it would be good for the kids to come out and be in that room if they wanted to as part of the grieving process." added Principal Harlan.
Anders loved Mexican cuisine, often fixing it for students without any notice. So Sunday the school made a meal in his honor, just the way he would've liked it. Though he may be gone, those who knew him say he lived an incredible life and left an incredible impression on all of those he ever met.
"Had some great moments for about an hour there before we opened the doors up for the kids to come in. We all shared memories we had had with Mr. Anders. Very funny stories. Just a great guy." stated Principal Harlan.
"he'll be remembered as the most interesting man in the world." said Riddle.
The school will have extra counselors present Monday for the students first day back. They also plan to hold a memorial service in Anders honor later this week.