Andrew Lee Alkire

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Andy Alkire passed away on October 6, 2013. He was born March 27, 1941 in Santa Rosa, California, to loving parents Francis and Edna Alkire. Andy attended Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, he lettered in football, basketball and track and was elected MVP of his high school football and basketball teams, and set a state record for throwing the discus in track. In 1960 he was recruited by the University of Washington to play football for the Huskies. Highlights were being on the 1961 Rose Bowl Team which was declared the National Football Champions and being chosen a team co-captain in his junior year. Andy started his family and married Merrilyn Will while in college and graduated in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 1967, he began his career working for his father-in-law, Merril F. Will of Will Construction, a well-regarded Northwest Regional General Contractor. Later becoming a partner and President of the company. He was well respected and well liked in the business and retired in 2003. He is survived by his children, Merri-Anne Newsham-Smith, (John), Edmonds, WA, Amy Alkire, Los Angeles and Brian Alkire, Issaquah, WA; and grandsons, Nicholas and Kyle Hola and Adrian Smith, Edmonds. Also survived by brothers, Gary (Elizabeth) and Bill (Arlene) Alkire; sister-in-law, Jeanne Will, Mukilteo, WA; and brother-in-law Marshall Will (Jean) Stanwood,WA; as well as nieces and nephews, Cheryl Alkire, Robbie (Timber) Alkire, John (Jennifer) Alkire, Paul (Andie) Alkire, Katie Oliver (Jason Jim) Alkire, Wendy Martin and Mike (Rachel) Will. He is also survived by his friend and former wife, Merrilyn Alkire. More Biography information available on Facebook.com. Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2013 at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. Edmonds, WA 98020 (425) 778-2119. The following Friday, October 25th, 2:00 p.m. a gravesite service will be held in Santa Rosa, California at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery at 2930 Bennett Valley Road.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 18 to Oct. 25, 2013
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