George W. "Bill" Andree quietly passed away July 11, 2014, after a long cardiac illness.
Bill was born in Rensselaer, the son of George and Edith (nee Miller) Andree, on May 27, 1932. His birth mother died while Bill was in his infancy. His father remarried to Marie I. Johnson when Bill was 2 years old and Marie was in effect the only mother Bill ever knew.
He grew up in Rensselaer attending and graduating from Rensselaer High School in 1950. He furthered his education at Butler University in Indianapolis, graduating in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. While at Butler he was enrolled in the ROTC program and, along with his degree, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He spent the next 14 years on active duty with the Air Force attaining the rank of major. After leaving the Air Force in 1968, he was employed the next 10 years in human resources with 3M and Trans Union Corporations. In 1978 he returned to a journalism career and moved to Monticello and a position with the Monticello Herald Journal. Starting as a reporter, he became the managing editor before he retired in 1996.
His avocation was breeding, raising, judging and writing about English Bulldogs. His interest in the breed spanned over 60 years and continued for his entire lifetime. He was a member of several Bulldog clubs and was President of the Illiana Bulldog Club and VP of the Bulldog Club of Indiana. He was respected as an authority on the Bulldog.
His survivors include his brother, Robert G. (Linda) Andree; nephews, Robert G. (Jamie) Andree Jr. and Scott Andree; niece, Anne (Bruce) Jung; along with several cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, birth mother, and step-mother.
He will be cremated and the remains interred at a private ceremony at Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer in the grave site of his mother and father.
In lieu of visitation and a funeral at this time, there will be a memorial service held at a date to be announced.
Those wishing to contribute to a memorial in his name may do so by making a donation to the
or the Bulldog Club of America Rescue Fund.
Arrangements by Miller-Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello.
Miller-Roscka Funeral Home Inc
6368 E. U.S. 24
Monticello, IN 47960
Published in the Rensselaer Republican on July 17, 2014