1948 ~ 2012
Brian Berry Andelin, age 64, passed away on the family farm in Pierce City, Missouri on Monday, December 3, 2012 of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
He was born on January 6, 1948 in Alhambra, California to Aubrey Passey Andelin and Helen Lucille Berry. One of eight children, he grew up in Idaho Falls, Fresno, and Clovis, California. In high school he played the cello, enjoyed sports, and was involved in youth political groups. Brian loved adventure, from working on a ranch in Australia to island hopping in the South Pacific and traveling the world. He attended Church College of Hawaii, where he enjoyed scuba diving. He also served a mission in Sweden. On January 25, 1972, he married Helena Mirjami Ponkanen of Joensuu, Finland in the Los Angeles Temple. He played rugby at Brigham Young University and graduated in business in 1972, and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1975. Brian and Helena had three daughters and four sons and lived in California, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, and Arizona.
Brian was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A bright, creative man with diverse friends and interests, he loved to read, design, plan, and create. He was an entrepreneur, an innovator. He was a member of the California and Arizona Bar Associations. He loved life and humanity and was always fun and positive. He was very proud of his family and loved them very much. They were his greatest achievement. Brian will be sorely missed by his children, grandchildren, friends, and family.
Brian is survived by children Karina Andelin (Karl) Brown of Nibley, Utah; Tami Andelin (David) Owen of Draper, Utah; Clark Olavi (Jessica) Andelin of Mexico, Missouri; Tanya Andelin (Dave) Gibson of Baltimore, Maryland; Todd Olavi Andelin of Salt Lake City, Utah; Joseph Olavi (Ivonne) Andelin of Draper, Utah; Brian Zachary Andelin of Provo, Utah; and 20 granchildren. He is also survived by Helena P. Andelin of Salt Lake City, Utah, and siblings Lane Andelin of Springville, Utah; Dixie Forsyth of Springfield, Missouri; John Andelin of Williston, North Dakota; Kristine Hales of Boise, Idaho; Virginia Leavitt of Pierce City, Missouri; Paul Andelin of Pierce City, Missouri; Merilee Saunders of Scottsdale, Arizona; and their families. Brian was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Highway 37 and Circle Drive, Monett, Missouri. Interment will be at the cemetery on the family farm. Funeral arrangements by Lakin Mortuary. Thanks to Dr. Cunningham and staff at Oncology Hematology Associates in Springfield, Missouri; Mercy Hospital Aurora, Missouri; his brother Dr. Paul Andelin; sister Virginia Leavitt; and all nurses and staff who cared for him so kindly, including those at Cox South Hospital and Mercy Hospice.