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John Edward Andres Obituary

Andres, John Edward ESCONDIDO -- John Edward Andres, 89, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2012, at his home in Escondido, Calif. He was born March 8, 1923, in Ashtabula, Ohio, the son of Adam and Veronica Andres. After high school, he joined the Army, serving in Okinawa during WWII and receiving the Bronze Medal. In 1951, he married Isabel Mann, and they raised four children. For 23 years, he worked as a linesman for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. A visit to California prompted a move to Escondido in 1968, where he and Isabel owned and operated George & Ann's Drive-In until 1979. They built Andres Center on the property in 1980, managing it and other properties until retiring at age 88. Johnny loved God and was dedicated to his family and his country. He attended St. Mary's Church for 40 years and later, the First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed helping others. After losing most of his eyesight, he continued training at the Braille Institute. He never gave up and was an inspiration to many. Johnny was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Isabel in 2010; and sisters, Mary and Helen. He is survived by daughters, Susan (Ric) Tolhurst and Mary Stewart-Giordano of Escondido; sons, Paul (Ariane) Andres of Washington, D.C. and David (Wendy) Andres of Tracy, Calif.; grandchildren, Stephen (Julie) Tolhurst, Rebecca (Billy) Styers, Adam Stewart, Julia Andres, Katie and Tucker Andres; and great-grandchildren, Lauren, Andrew and one to be; brother, Frank Andres; and sisters, Stella Canon and Antoinette Kalister. A memorial service celebrating Johnny's life will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, November 24th, at the First United Methodist Church, 341 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, Calif., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Braille Institute, 4555 Executive Dr., San Diego, Calif. 92121, or to the First United Methodist Church, Escondido. Sign the Guest Book online

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 18, 2012
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