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Lt. Col. Richard J. "Andy" Andrews

Lt. Col. Richard J. "Andy" Andrews
formerly of Leominster, MA; 91

HOUSTON, TX -- Lieutenant Colonel Richard J. "Andy" Andrews, age 91, United States Air Force (Ret) passed away peacefully on March 18th, 2013 at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Clear Lake, Texas. His wife of 46 years, Mary Anita (Passmore) Andrews died January 1, 1992.

Richard was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on November 9th, 1921 the son of John Jr. and Mary Elsie (Hart) Andrews. He was a 1940 graduate of Leominster High School. He joined the Air Force shortly after. During WW II, he was the lead B-17 Flying Fortress Bombardier/Navigator with 401st Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force flying 30 missions supporting the European Theater of Operations. During the Korean War he flew six combat missions with the 5th Air Force until wounded in action in July 1950. He completed his 20 year Air Force career in September 1962.

During his distinguished career he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, with Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC); Air Medal with four OLC; Purple Heart; the American Campaign Medal; the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Battle Stars; the WW II Victory Medal; the European Army of Occupation Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Korean Service Medal with Battle Star; and seven campaign medals including the United Nations Korea Service Medal, Chinese-Nationalist Air Force and the Republic of Korea War Service Medals. Up on completion of his Air Force career, Andy served for 21 years with NASA.

Survivors include his loving companion of 19 years Marie DeSalvatore, Conroe TX, Son Colonel John H. Andrews, U.S. Army (RET) and wife Diane Marie (Skrocki) of Lorton, Virginia; Mary Margaret Pinkerton and Husband Major Mark D. Pinkerton, US Army (RET) Yorktown, Virginia; Teresa Ann Antonini and husband Michael J. Antonini, Friendswood, Texas; James R. Andrews and wife Melissa (Meehan), Deer Park, Texas; Sister Grace N. Kearney, Leominster, Massachusetts; and brother-in-law Master Sergeant Cletus (Lee) Terwiske, U.S. Army (Ret), Hudson, MA. Grandfather of Major Holly Hermes, U.S. Air Force, husband Doctor Eric Hermes and daughter Caroline Marie, New Haven, Connecticut; Major Kristi Morris, U.S. Army and husband J.T. Morris, Alexandria, Virginia; David Andrews and wife Kelley Andrews. Napoleon, North Dakota; Mark D. Pinkerton Jr., Yorktown, Virginia, Michael J. Antonini II.; and Elizabeth A. Rabon, husband Caleb Rabon and son, Graham Michael, Friendswood, Texas; Richard J. Andrews II and Kathryn J. Andrews, Deer Park, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.

Richard was preceded in death by brothers Charles, George and Leo and sisters Arlene Brooks, Madeline Spacciapoli, Rita Gauthier, Beatrice Burns, Eleanor Terwiske, and M. Barbara Mavente.

ANDREWS -- A funeral mass was held on March 23, 2013 at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Houston, TX. Rite of Committal followed at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, Houston.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Apr. 3, 2013
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