Howard D. Andrews, 78, of Grand Island died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 at the St. Francis Medical Center of Grand Island.
Services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at Glooaher Chapel at Trinity United Methodist in Grand Island with t he Rev. Delvin Roper officiating. There will be no interment as Mr. Andrews will be cremated following the services. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.
Howard D. Andrews was born on June 13, 1924, to John and Delphia (Morris) Andrews at Topeka, Kan.
He is survived by his wife, Merlyn Andrews, Grand Island; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Steven and Sue Andrews, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Lanny Thomsen, Grand Island; son and daughter-in-law, Randel and Kathy Andrews, Syracuse, Utah; and daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Mike McKee, Columbus, Mo.
Also surviving are his six grandchildren, Dawn Stock, Brandon Manolidi, Stacy Shannon, Scott Andrews and Howard McKee; and two great grandchildren, Tristan and Madelyn Stock.
He grew up and received his education from Seaman Rural High School, Topeka, where he was awarded the top Future Farmers of America Award for the State of Kansas. He attended Washburn University, Topeka, from 1946-47 and graduated from Kansas State University in 1950.
He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving during World War II. He served on the U.S.S. Destroyer Ellet No. 398 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He received the American Campaign Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Four Starts and the Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon Star.
He was united in marriage to Merlyn Joy Anderson, Aug. 30, 1946, at Seaman Community Church in Topeka. The couple made their home in Topeka before moving to Manhattan, Kan., while he attended school.They moved to Nebraska, living in McCook and Grand Island where he was employed by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation as a soil scientist and economist. He was instrumental in the construction of the O'Neill Unit and the North Loup Divisions. He retired in 1980.
He was a scout master, District Chairman and served on the executive committeee of the Boy Scouts of America from 1958-1973. He coached and was president of Midget Baseball from 1960-1970 in McCook. He started the Methodist Basketball League.
He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Worthy Patron of the Indianola Roberta Chapter No. 302 Order of Eastern Star. He was also an officer of the Liederkranz and was an avid bicyclist and enjoyed participating in the Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska. He participated in the Investment Stock Market Club. He was an avid Nebraska and Kansas State fan. He throroughly enjoyed boating and following the stock market.
His wife and family always came first.
Mr. Andrews was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Oncology Center or the Liederkranz.