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Gary D. Andrew, 64, of Walnutport, died Sunday, May 26, in the Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital at Lehigh Valley-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Barbara J. (Solt) Andrew.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of Marshall L. Andrew of Palmerton and the late Marie (Pettit) Andrew.He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.
- They celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on May 8.
Andrew attended Penn State, and worked for Air Products for 28 years as a lead application chemist, retiring in 2011.
He was an active board member of the Walnutport Playground Association since 2001. He was responsible for organizing the Dream Come True fundraiser at the playground, and helped coordinate the Phillies Home Run Derby.
The deceased began his career in baseball as a PIAA umpire. He was the head coach of the Northern Lehigh Connie Mack Team, and helped form the Northern Valley Connie Mack Team.
He was a former president of the Northern Lehigh Baseball Association, and began as an assistant coach for Northern Lehigh JV team.
He was a member of NLYAA, the Diamond Fire Co., Walnutport V.F.W., American Legion Post 16, Slatington, and Christ UCC, Walnutport.
Surviving in addition to his widow and father are a daughter Jennifer, wife of Matthew Wertman of Bowmanstown; three sons, Dale in Massachusetts; Stephen, and his fiancée, Heather Lutz, of York, and Jonathan, and his fiancée, Kimberly Fiske, of Slatington; two sisters, Marie, wife of Gary Snyder of Palmerton, and Marsha of Lehighton; and five grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Marshall Jr., Keith, Todd and Dana.
Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Street, Slatington. Interment with military honors, Fairview Cemetery, Slatington. Call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10-11 a.m. Thursday. Contributions in his name may be made to Christ UCC or the Northern Valley Baseball, c/o the funeral home, 18080.
Published in Times News on May 28, 2013