Andrew Noel Veith

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"Daddy must be so special that God needs him in heaven." This statement was made by one of Andrew's children, the day before their daddy passed away.

Andrew Noel Veith, 40, of Midland, passed away on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was an eternal optimist in all aspects of his life, including his courageous fight against a very aggressive form of cancer. Andrew never gave up hope, and he was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

Andrew was born the son of Robert and Joan (Benesh) Veith, of Sun Prairie, Wis., the youngest of eight children, on Dec. 25, 1971. He was truly a Christmas gift to the world. His children believe that their daddy was special because he shared a birthday with Jesus. Andrew graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 1990. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he met the love of his life. Andrew married Patricia (Davis) Veith in Rhinelander, Wis., on Jan. 7, 1995, and they were married for over 17 incredible years. He was a graduate of UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, and he also earned an M.B.A in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Andrew spent his career working for Union Carbide Corporation, The Dow Chemical Co., and most recently, MEGlobal Americas, Inc. He and his family lived in many different places, including Dunbar, W.V., Pearland, Texas, Naperville, Ill., Dubai, UAE, and Midland. Andrew and Pattie always made their home wherever they happened to be, they never felt tied to one geographic location.

Andrew and Pattie were blessed with four beautiful children, Bennett Andrew (age 10), Calvin Albert (age 8), Davis Marian (age 7), and Karsten Robert (age 3). Andrew truly believed that a strong family begins with a strong marriage. He worked hard at building a strong marriage, knowing that his children would benefit from the love and respect that their parents demonstrated. Andrew taught his children that family always comes first. More than any other accomplishment in his life, Andrew was proud of his role as a loving husband and father.

Andrew had many interests and hobbies that he shared with his family. He loved setting up and maintaining freshwater aquariums. He was a huge fan of both the Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer football teams. He enjoyed gardening, and in particular, growing popcorn. Wherever he went, people knew Andrew as the "popcorn guy." He loved to pop specialty popcorns, and to teach others about different popcorn varieties.

Andrew, who traveled extensively throughout his career, shared his love of travel with his family. He wanted his kids to learn about the world, and to give them as many different life experiences as possible. He loved taking his kids to everything from amusement parks to the theater, from live shows to water parks.

Andrew enjoyed any activity that involved his kids. He spent time coaching baseball, acting as a Cub Scout den leader, and watching his kids' soccer games. He enjoyed collecting Lego sets and building them with his kids. Among friends, he earned the nickname "Super-Fun Daddy." He wanted the best life possible for his kids, and he did everything that he could to give them that.

The world is a better place because Andrew was here. He touched so many people in so many different ways. He will always be loved, and he will never be forgotten. Andrew was truly a special man, husband, and father.

Andrew was preceded in death by his father, Robert Veith, in 2006; and his brother-in-law, Gerald Wolf in 2012.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Patricia (Davis) Veith; three sons, Bennett, Calvin, and Karsten; daughter, Davis; mother, Joan Veith of Sun Prairie, Wis.; seven siblings, William (Mary) of Janesville, Wis., Christine (William) Eisenreich of Greenport, N.Y., Louise Wolf of Menomonie, Wis., Lawrence (Peggy) of Plainview, Minn., Theodore (Cheri) of Baraboo, Wis., Anthony of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Laura (Leonard) Peaslee of Stoughton, Wis.; father- and mother-in-law, Albert and Jacqueline Davis of Bayfield, Wis.; brother-in-law, Christopher (Heidi Behm) Davis, of Portland, Ore.; and sisters-in-law, Colleen (Edward) Reagan of Portland, Ore., and Danielle (Jonathan) Ewalt of Bayfield, Wis.

A funeral mass will be held for Andrew at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3109 Swede Ave., Midland. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the mass, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a luncheon at the church hall, following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Andrew's name. 1409 Brentwood Drive, Midland, MI 48640.

Published in Midland Daily News on Oct. 24, 2012
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