William H. “Bill” Andrews, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 28, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.
There will be a potluck luncheon and get-together at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St.
“A good time to visit and reminisce because that is what Bill liked to do best,” his family said.
Bill was born on May 18, 1931, at Pompeii, Mich., to Paul and Beulah Andrews. He attended elementary school at Pompeii, and was a 1951 Ithaca High School graduate.
Upon graduating, he worked for General Motors at Lansing, Mich., until 1955. He then moved to Washington to work for his uncles at Horse Heaven. He worked there until he bought his ranch on Sutton Creek near Baker City in 1958 where he farmed for many years.
He married Patricia Irene Barnes (also from Michigan) on July 17, 1960, at Baker City. Along with his own farming, he did custom plowing and combining for numerous people and worked at Ellingson Plywood Mill and later Ellingson Lumber Co. until his retirement in 1994.
Bill loved farming, fishing, hunting and just spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Patricia Irene “Patty” Andrews of Baker City; daughter, Tracey Andrews of Umatilla; daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Larry McBroom and Jackie and Bob Hughes, all of Baker City; grandchildren, David Corcoran and Jenniffer Gardner, Stephanie Slawson and DJ, Jessica McBroom, Logan Hughes, Miranda McBroom, Amber Hughes and Brandon Hughes; a great-granddaughter, Gwenievere Slawson; his twin brother and sister-in-law, Arthur “Art” and Marty Andrews of St. Johns, Mich.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert “Bob” and Helma Andrews of Prineville, and Leo and Mary Andrews and John and Martha Andrews, all of Ithaca, Mich.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathleen and Jack Humm and Avis and Jack Ginther, all of Ithaca, Mich., Mary and Cal Miller of Midland, Mich., Doris and Lional Bower of St. Johns, Mich., and Joan and Stan Oserowsky of Ithaca, Mich.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Beulah, and a brother, Theodore “Teddy” Andrews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Cancer Research Center through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 10, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor