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Burdett Barnard (Andy) Andrews

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December 14, 1924 - April 26, 2015.

Burdett Barnard (Andy) Andrews was a 30 year retired Sgt. Air Force. He started out his military life at a young age of 8 years old. He attended a military school in Bristol Virginia he and his brother Glenn for 2 years. His aunt Betty would go to the school and cut all the boys hair to pay for Andy and Glens tuition. He serviced in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He then got out of the service for a few years and went back on active duty in 1949 and served on the "Berlin Air Lift". After that duty was over he again got out of the service for a few years and in 1962 he was stationed at Beale Air Force Base and did a tour duty in the Vietnam War, he returned to Beale in 1970 and then he was assigned to McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento. He retired from the military on March 27, 1970.

After that he worked for 16 years for USI Film Products managing a warehouse handling heavy duty plastic bags for garden supplies. He shipped them all over the West Coast, he retired from USI on June 1986. After his retirement we starting traveling in our Motor Home and visiting all our families. He had a Ski Boat and loved to take people camping and water skiing.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Irene Andrews, children daughters; Gail Sumper of Sumter, SC, and Dawn Andrews of Sumter, SC (deceased), and son David Andrews of Arroyo Grande, CA., step children, Mary Ann Ashe of Palm Bay, FL, Kathleen Wilkerson of Battle Ground, WA, step-sons; Russell Crawley of Salem, OR, Randy Crawley of Vancouver, WA, eight grandchildren and one deceased grandson, Scott Taylor, he loved his pets, two dogs; Willie and Buddy, one cat Lil-Man, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the American Legion 789 in Wheatland, and of the Olivehurst VFW Post 4095. He volunteered for the Yuba-Sutter Gleaners Food Bank for several years. He loved to go to Military Reunions, Berlin Air lift in Berlin, 98th Air refueling Sqd. In 2004 he went to Berlin, Germany to a 60th year reunion and many more. After he retired he and his wife traveled on Military Planes as "Space Available" to many countries.

For about 15 years, he and his wife volunteered for "American Host Program", they had teachers and educators from different countries. He enjoyed taking them on trips in his motor home, talking to one teachers that was a little girl when he was on the Berlin Air Lift in 1949. When he was on the Air Lift on the pilots started dropping candy bars to the children. He was called the "Candy Bomber" Gail Halverson a famous Pilot. The German teacher she received a little bit of that candy. She visited them in 1985 for 10 days.

He loved to travel all over the Unites States in his Pace Arrow Motor Home, when he became disabled and could not drive the Motor Home, he donated it to the Salvation Army for a family that were burnt out in a forest fire. He was a kind and loving father and step-father. He would give you the shirt off his back.

He was a member of The First United Methodist Church, 730 D. St. Marysville, CA. Donations can be made to his church.

Now Andy is traveling "Space Available" to be with the Lord.

With all my love, his wife Irene Andrews.

Viewing will be Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 2:00-8:00 pm at Lipp & Sullivan Funeral Directors.

Services will be Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 730 D St., Marysville. Burial will follow at the Wheatland Cemetery at 2:00 pm with military honors.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2015
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