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Robert B. “Bob” Andrews, 79, of Prineville, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 20, 2008, at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville.

At his request there will be no public service.

Bob was born at Pompeii, Mich., on July 6, 1928, to Paul Phillip and Beulah Beatrice Watkins Andrews. He attended and was a graduate of Ithaca Michigan High School. He moved to Enumclaw, Wash., in the early 1950s. He owned and operated a farm in Baker City in 1958.

Bob worked as a police officer for the City of Enumclaw for eight years from 1959 to 1967, and then as the water transmission supervisor for the City of Tacoma, Wash., for 24 years.

He married Helma Herta Kartusch in Tacoma, Wash., on May 22, 1959. He retired from the City of Tacoma in 1986. The couple moved to Prineville in 1995 from Stevens County, Wash.

He was a very skilled carpenter and contractor and had built 12 different homes that he and his wife designed.

Survivors include his son, Robert and his wife, Ronda Andrews of Cumberland, Wash.; a daughter, Heidi, and her husband, Donald Gabrielson of Sherwood; brothers, Arthur Andrews of St. Johns, Mich., and Leo and John Andrews, both of Ithaca, Mich.; sisters, Kathleen Humm and Joan Oserowsky, both of Ithaca, Mich., Avis Ginther and Mary Miller, both of Midland, Mich., and Doris Bower of St. Johns, Mich.; four grandchildren, Kimberli Grant of Prineville, Joseph Pierotti and Roger Andrews, both of Enumclaw, Wash., and Robert Andrews of Cumberland, Wash.; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Helma, who died on Aug. 2, 2007, at Prineville.

The Prineville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 29, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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