Cecil J. Andal passed away October 19, 2011. His son Wayne, daughter-in-law Verna, and family friend Daphna were at his side.
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Cecil was born February 27, 1927 in Dalzell, South Dakota. He was the sixth and youngest son of Sigurd K. and Elsie E. (Richards) Andal. His first years were spent on the prairie on his dads' farm and going to school in a one room schoolhouse. The family left South Dakota in May of 1936.
In 1937 his dad bought 30 acres in Big Lake on what is now the Andal Road. Cecil spent his early years helping his dad farm and going to school in Big Lake. During his high school summers he worked for the U.S. Forestry at Koma Kulshan Ranger Station in the Mt. Baker National forest. He helped run a pack train, taking in trail crews and supplies to the lookout towers. The pack train consisted of three horses, six mules and his dog. It was a great job for a 16-17 year old young man.
Cecil was an avid dancer. While attending a Cook Road grange hall dance he met the love of his life, Vida Lee Thornhill. They continued dancing their entire marriage. He often stated that after finally getting up the nerve to ask her to dance, their dance ended up lasting 52 years.
Cecil was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. On leave in October 1951 he and Vida Lee were married in Sedro-Woolley. After his discharge they returned from Fort Ord, California to Sedro-Woolley. Cecil and Vida Lee were blessed with three sons, James, Wayne and Fred.
Cecil worked for Walt VandeGrift Logging, driving log truck from the area that is now Baker Lake. In 1963 Cecil went to work for Skagit County as a mechanic. He retired from there in 1989.
He was diagnosed with cancer in late 1998. He fought this hard throughout his remaining years. On April 11, 2003 Cecil lost the love of his life, his beautiful wife Vida Lee. They had been married 52 years.
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Sigurd and Elsie; all five of his brothers, Alfred, Fredrick, Donald, Sigurd Jr. & Ivan; his wife Vida Lee; his oldest son, James & two grandsons Weston & Tyrrel.
He is survived by his two sons, Wayne & Verna Andal and Fred & Cathy Andal; granddaughters, Ashlee & Michael Goerke, Rachel Stueve, Tracie & Chris Bryant and Alyssa Andal; grandson, Cody Andal; great-granddaughter Logan Riggles; great-grandsons Tyrus Goerke, Andal Goerke, Nolan Riggles, Brandon Bryant, Trevor Bryant, Aidan Bryant and Lucas Bryant; special niece, Cheryl & Walt Barron of California; special nephew, Don Andal Jr. of Oregon; special cousins and their families, Ruby Moore of South Dakota and Fredrik Andal of California; special friend and traveling companion, Gisela Gebhard; special friends, Daphna Leaf and George & Edie Edmundson; and special friend of many, many years, Charlotte Grin.
Dad was a member of Burlington Eagles Aerie # 3242 and the Sedro-Woolley Legion #43. He truly enjoyed the friendships and fun he had there over the years playing cribbage and pinochle. He became friends with the members of his favorite band Charlie Brown.
Dad and family wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff at United General Hospital Oncology and Dr. Raisch.
Also special thanks to Skagit Hospice and the wonderful nurses Roberta, Jane, Tamara and Leslie.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made to Skagit Hospice in Cecil's memory.
Following Cecil's wishes he was cremated and during a private interment placed with his beautiful wife Vida Lee. Per his request there will not be any services or memorials.
Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 25, 2011