Herbert Andrews, 82, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family, on Friday, April 22, 2011, after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather to be remembered for his kind nature, determination and deep spiritual convictions.
Herb was born November 15, 1928, to Edward and Emma (Zimmer) Andrews in Pocatello, ID. His family moved to Boise when he was 9 years old. He graduated from Boise High School in 1947. After high school, he began his apprenticeship as a pressman and enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve Sea-bees.
While working in Twin Falls, ID, he met the love of his life, Sharon Beutler, at the Rhythm Roller Rink. They were married on March 28, 1953 in Ontario, OR. After their marriage, they moved to Medford, OR, on to Weiser, ID, and finally to Caldwell, ID, where they resided for ten years. While in Caldwell, Herb worked for the Caldwell News Tribune newspaper and was a member of the Elks Lodge
and Masonic Lodge - Mt. Moriah. He held many offices in the Jaycees and was named Outstanding Key Man in 1957.
Herb's newspaper pressman career took him to Yakima, WA for a brief time in the late 1960s. He went to work for the Everett Herald in 1968, retiring from the Herald in 1991. He also retired from the Sea-bees in 1973.
Herb was well known in the Credit Union community in both Caldwell, ID and Everett, WA. He served in many different capacities on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Plus Credit Union (formerly known as the Northwest Telco Credit Union) for more than 40 years. Among his other affiliations were Scottish Rite, Associate Guardian of Job's Daughters Bethel 24, Royal Travelers/Good Sam Club and the First United Methodist Church of Everett.
Herb's favorite form of relaxation was skating. According to Herb's wife, skating was his first love; she was his second. He began roller-skating at a very early age when roller-skating was a competitive sport and he, given his talent, could have chosen a career as a professional skater. Generations of Everett skaters have watched "the old guy in the middle of the floor." The Everett Skate Deck was his choice for celebrating his 80th birthday. Although he could no longer do his trick skating, he continued to glide across the rink and perform a few spins at least once a week. Many thanks to the Skate Deck's owners and employees for their kind consideration over the years.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Otto Andrews.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Vicki (Nick) Nucci of Boise, ID, Carol (Jim Hopkins) Andrews of Mill Creek, WA, and son, Mark (Jan) Andrews of Polson, MT; grandchildren, Brandon (Shelly) Sorensen, Jill Dacier, Brooke (Chris Davis) VanLeuven, Matthew Hopkins, Andrews Hopkins, Jim (Laurie) Hopkins, Shelby (Ed Eiker) Hopkins, T.J. Andrews, Nick Andrews and Rylee Andrews; great-grandchildren, Austin VanLeuven, Mariah Davis, Sam Sorensen, Amelia Davis, Abby Hopkins and Jimmy Hopkins; sisters, Emma Lou (Roland) Jones and Jean Anderson of Boise, ID and brothers, Elmer (Naomi) Andrews of Bremerton, WA, Lawrence Andrews of Brookings, OR, Ronald (Mary Ann) Andrews of Bethany, CT and sister-in-law, Sheila Andrews of El Toro, CA. He leaves behind many special friends from all walks of his life.
Thank you to all of our friends and family for the prayers and loving support. Herb's family wishes to express their gratitude to the Providence Hospital, Colby Campus CCU staff who cared for him, especially Vicki, Tod, and Rick of the nursing staff as well as Dr. Tsen and Dr. Sanford Wright.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Everett First United Methodist Church in Everett, WA.
The family suggests memorials in his honor to The Everett United Methodist Church, 3530 Colby Ave, Everett WA 98201, The Salvation Army Church, 2525 Rucker Ave, Everett, WA 98201, or the charity of your choice.