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Robert J. Andrews


b. Sept 9, 1929 d. Sept 1, 2018

Bob Andrews, aged 88, passed away Sept. 1 at Kindred Pulmonary Hospital, Melbourne, FL.

Born to Walter and Kathryn Andrews Sept. 9, 1929 in Crosby, Minnesota, Bob grew up in Remer Minnesota. He was the oldest son, with 7 sisters and 1 brother.

Serving in the Army Engineer Transportation Corps after WWII, he was stationed near Yokohama at the age of 17 during the Occupation. He was certified to drive every type of moving vehicle in the army, and he drove all but one. He was recalled for the Korean War, 1950 - 51.

Flying was one of Bob's great loves. Bob got his commercial pilot's license in 1956, and began flying for North Central Airlines in 1957. He served as a pilot for North Central, Republic and Northwest Airlines. When he retired in 1989, he had flown DC-3's, Convair 440's and 580's, and DC-9's, and seen the airline industry grow from regional 'puddle-jumpers' to international long-distance carriers.

Some of his other loves were heavy equipment, friends, and family. He kept in touch with many people, from near and distant family and relatives, to people he flew with as a young co-pilot while learning the craft. He was the type of person who could strike up a conversation with nearly anyone, and he did.

He married his first wife Dolores Georgia in 1949, and had 3 children R. Scott, Thomas, and Candace. They lived in Minnesota, Michigan, and Colorado. They subsequently divorced.

In 1991, he married Donna Palmer. Their marriage brought him two step-children, Lynn and Mike. After his retirement, he and Donna lived in Walker, MN then moved to Grant FL in 1999. They greatly enjoyed their retirement years and travelled extensively throughout the country in their RV.

Bob was preceded in passing by his parents Walter and Kathryn; sisters Shirley, Janice, and Barbara; and first wife Dolores. He is survived by his wife Donna, his children R. Scott, Thomas (Lora), and Candace; his step-children Lynn (Jeff) Waska and Mike (Tina) Palmer; his grandchildren Alexandra "Sasha", Schyler, Hailee and Joseph (Waska); and great-grandson Parker. He is also survived by his siblings Elizabeth "Bette" (Glenn) Swankier, Darlyne (George) Coffman, Kathryn "Kay" (Duane) Beaugard, Patricia (Richard) Engen, and James (Bridget) Andrews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Remer, MN on October 20 at 11 a.m., including the internment of ashes, and a reception.

He is missed by many.





 

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