Bill W. Andrus
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7/15/1944 - 1/16/2014
Bill W. Andrus, 69, of Lincoln, Calif., passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from complications related to pneumonia.
Bill was born in Duluth, Minnesota on July 15, 1944 to John and Florence Andrus. He moved to California where he graduated from Roseville High School in 1963 and an Associate Arts degree from Sierra College in 1965. Bill married Olive Hill in 1968 and had two children and two stepchildren. In 1992, Bill re-married his current wife, Rita Chism.
Bill was a long time resident of Lincoln, Calif., and worked for multiple fish companies in Sacramento as both a driver and field sales representative. He was also very active in the community and was a long time member of the Lincoln Lions club. He served as the local club president multiple times; including serving as Zone Chair twice and eventually was elected to Regional Chair. Lions International awarded him a lifetime membership award in 2000.
Bill enjoyed spending time with his large extended family and was lucky to have many living nearby. His home was always open and he greeted everyone with a smile. He was an avid Kings fan and never missed a game.
Bill is survived by his wife, Rita; his two step-children: Terry and Mike Braz; his children: Dani and Eric Andrus; his ex-wife, Olive Hill; his eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bud Andrus of Aloha, Ore.; step-sister, Donna Ihara of Winchester, Ore.; and step-brother, Larry Van Sant of Portland, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent directly to Rita.
A Celebration of Life event will be held at the Lincoln Civic Center (511 5th Street) from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Attire is casual and all are welcome.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 23, 2014