Andrew Jared Sandman was born Aug. 18, 1986, to Kirk and Cynthia (Madron) Sandman of Wauneta. He departed this life Dec. 31, 2003. He was a junior at Wauneta-Palisade High School.
Andrew loved the Lord, family, hunting, sports, farming and being an uncle. He had a creative mind and always thought of ideas on how to improve things. Andrew enjoyed life and the people he shared it with. His smile was contagious and always present. Andrew had a way to light up any room. Andrew was raised on a farm east of Wauneta, where the pigeons were dead and the ducks were scared.
Andrew was actively involved in many sports activities, including football, basketball and track. He earned Honorable Mention All-Conference Basketball Team 2002-2003. He was recently named to the D-1 All District Football Team 2003. Andrew was the Bronco's leading rusher despite the fact that he missed several games dues to an ankle injury. Sandman had 259 yards on 20 catches during the regular season, making him the eighth all-time receiver at Wauneta-Palisade High School. Andrew was a standout in junior high track with school records in the 400 and 800-meter dash. In high school, he was the anchor in the 4 by 800 meter relay, which placed third in the 2003 state track meet. The relay team holds the school record with 8:22.2. He was also involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA and the Letterman's Club. Andrew attended Hamlet Union Church where he was active in the high school youth group and recently traveled to Mexico on a short-term mission trip.
Andrew was preceded in death by one grandfather, D.C. Madron.
Andrew is survived by his grandmother, Ruth Madron of McCook; grandparents, Virgil and Eda Marie Sandman of Wauneta; parents, Kirk and Cindy Sandman of Wauneta; one brother, Derek Sandman and wife, Allison of Wauneta; three sisters, Seri Neal and husband, Jesse of Lincoln, Ane Sandman and Tami Sandman of Lewisville, Texas; nieces, Haylee and Alexa Sandman of Wauneta; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, 2 p.m., at the Wauneta High School Gymnasium with Pastor Kevin Fink officiating. Jesse Neal read the tribute. Accompanist, Delores Flaming and soloist, Sarah Behrends provided music.
Casketbearers were Seth Alberts, Grant Dixson, Shawn Flaig, Matt Klima, Cory Flaig and Josh Skelton. Honorary casket bearers were Rick Einspahr, Charles Isom, Frank Padilla, Dave Kuhlen, Scott Norris, Aaron Behrends, Dan Andrews and the Wauneta-Palisade football and basketball teams.
Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta with Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta in charge of the arrangements.