FAIRFIELD Eugene L. Andrus, 86, of Fairfield, died of natural causes Wednesday, March 20, at Benefis East.
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Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder Jensesn Funeral Home. A service is not planned and a private family interment will take place at a later date.
Gene, well-known as Squint, was born on May 28, 1926, in LaMoure, N.D. to Ross and Mildred Andrus. After graduating from Oakes High School in 1944, he joined the US Navy and was stationed in Hawthorne, N.V. He returned to Oakes and farmed with his step-dad, Ted Baska. It is there that he met and married Patricia Scanlon on July 3, 1950. After farming for a few years, he moved to Montana in 1961, and retired from 3-Rivers Telephone Co-op, in Fairfield as manager in 1992.
He had a great love for baseball and both played and coached for many years. He coached teams starting with Little League continuing through Babe Ruth. A special highlight was playing softball with his son, Mike, and the boys he had coached.
Squint is survived by his wife, Pat of Fairfield; two daughters, Pam (Lee) Olson of Helena and Joyce (Arnie) Andrus-Pike of Kuna, Idaho; two grandsons, Shaun Olson of Lakewood, Colo. and Shayan Andrus of Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Norman Andrus of Oakes, N.D. and Larry (Luann) Knoke of Jamestown, N.D.; three sisters, Dorothy (Bob) Kubasta of Auburn, Wash., June Masse of Oakes, N.D. and Karen (Bob) Edwards of Federal Way, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Squint was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford and Kenneth; daughter, Patricia Addie; and son. Michael Joseph.
Condolences may be posted online at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome. com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 23, 2013