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Louis William Androff Obituary
Androff, Louis William Passed away in his hometown of St. Louis on December 1, 2012. He joins his loving parents, brothers James and Joseph, sister Dorothy, wife Peggy (Cassidy), son Terry Lee Thayer, and dear friends Harold, Ken, Mac, and Bob. On April 18, 1924 (Good Friday), Lou was the second of seven children born to Mary (nee Nyers) and Christ Androff. Growing up, he was always outgoing and active. He was a founding member of the Red Wings Athletic Club where he and his friends won city tournaments in basketball, softball, and volleyball. Lou attended McKinley High School and, after graduating in 1941, worked at the downtown post office. After his older brother Jim was killed aboard the USS Brownson December 26, 1943, Lou enlisted the following week. He proudly served his country in WWII as a Quartermaster QM2C in the United States Navy aboard the USS Beckham (an attack transport). Sailing through the Pacific, the Beckham ran dozens of transport missions, supported Iwo Jima operations, disembarked troops at Okinawa, liberated prisoners-of-war in Korea, and brought troops home after the war ended. It was in the Navy that Lou acquired a talent for playing the harmonica, something he enjoyed throughout his life. Upon honorable discharge in 1946, Lou enrolled for study at the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Lou spent thirty-six years with Moore Business Forms in St. Louis and Chicago surpassing many milestones in sales achievements while working his way to district manager and senior account executive. In August 1954, after a four-year courtship, Lou married his sweetheart Peggy Belle. They shared 45 years together before her passing. He would often bring her unusual gifts; various silver or napkins from eateries around town. He came home late one night hoisting a bench he somehow managed to remove from a neighborhood restaurant (who would stop a 6'4" man with a bench thrown over his head?). Lou was an avid athlete throughout his life mastering tennis, golf, and bowling. A southpaw, he pitched minor league ball for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a proud supporter and fan of Mizzou athletics, as well as a season ticket holder for Big Red football, Blues hockey, and of course, his beloved Red Birds. With a passion for fishing, he spent many hours throwing in a line at Butterfly Lake in Farmington and trolling for crappie at the Lake of the Ozarks. Lou and Peggy retired to Florida in 1986. With the boat docked outside his back door, Captain Louie continued to enjoy fishing and loved the warm, tropical Cape Coral winters. Always gregarious, he formed and joined several clubs. There was always a party going on somewhere, but it often didn't start till Lou arrived. Lou loved to travel and visited several countries throughout his life. In the summer of 2010, Lou suffered a fall while vacationing in Chicago. Never quite recovering, he moved to St. Louis where he remained until his passing last Saturday, on Peggy's birthday. He leaves behind his son Scott (Susan) Androff, daughters Colleen Thayer (Tom Hillen) and Chris Lynn (Harris) van Hillo; grandchildren Shannon Thayer Guinn, Kelly Pepple, Shea Thayer, Victoria Androff, Gerrit and Alex Louis van Hillo; great grandchildren Devin and Matthew Guinn, and Keegan Pepple; sister Virginia Scheiter; two brothers Robert and Milton Androff; many nieces and nephews; and cherished friends. Services: There will be a short service at 1:45 p.m. Friday, December 7th (Pearl Harbor Day) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Lou Androff to the University of Missouri Tiger Scholarship Fund, 1 Champions Drive, Suite 200, Columbia, MO 65211-3080, attention Debby Perkins. Dad, may the wind be always at your back and an endless bowl of popcorn in your lap. KUTIS AFFTON SERVICE
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Dec. 6, 2012
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