Park Lawn Funeral Home
8251 Hillcrest Road
Kansas City, MO 64138
(816) 523-1234


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Marvin Everette Andrews, 94, passed away April 26, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. followed by funeral service at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO. Burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Wayside Waifs or Kansas City Community Gardens. Marvin was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Kansas City, MO. He attended the McCoy grade school and graduated from East High School. His early jobs were at Lake City Armory and the Forum Cafeteria where he made the best apple dumplings in the city. Marvin was a member of The Greatest Generation and served 1944/45 WWII as a B-24 tailgunner in a black B-24 named The Vargas Belle. He served in the 8th Air Force, 801st/492 Bomb Group 859th Squadron as well as the 15th Air Force, 2641st Special Group, 859th Squadron. Marvin flew 43 missions in the European Theatre. The Vargas Belle was painted black because of the dangerous nature of the night missions flown - dropping special agents and supplies to the resistance fighters waiting below. Their secret code name was "The Carpetbaggers." After the war, Marvin went to work at Graybar Electric Company where he met his love and future wife, Stella Kathryn Burch. Two bundles of joy followed shortly, Charlie and Theresa Andrews. He continued to work at Graybar Electric until his retirement 32 years later. Marvin never lost his love for those magnificent WWII warbirds and was a founding member of the Heart of America Commemorative Air Force. This was a love he passed on to his children and an organization he continued to be a part of until his passing. His greatest loves were his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. Followed closely by his pets, metal detecting, gardening, tomatoes and all things chocolate. His kindness and concern for his family, friends and neighbors was unsurpassed. Marvin was preceded in death by mother, Theresa and father, Charles; sister, Laura Kendall, brother, Leonard Andrews and beloved wife, Stella Andrews. Left to miss him always are his son, Charles Andrews (Marsha) of Oklahoma City, OK; his daughter, Theresa Andrews of Kansas City; his grandsons, Robert Andrews (Janelle) of Kansas City, and Brad Andrews of Oklahoma City, his granddaughter, Sarah Andrews of Kansas City, nieces, nephews and his second family, the Sangettas of Fort Collins, CO. Dearest Marvin, you were the best husband, father, grandfather and friend anyone could dream of. You will ever be deeply loved, missed and will remain the Hero of our hearts. Arr.: Park Lawn Funeral Home, (816) 523-1234.
Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 29, 2014
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