Demaine Funeral Home


Carlton "Nick" Farquhar Andrus

June 1, 1938February 7, 2021

On Sunday, February 7, 2021, Carlton Farquhar Andrus died at the age of 82. He was known to his friends as Nick and to his 11 grandchildren as Grampi. He loved his family dearly and they were the center of his world. He loved sharing a story and a laugh with friends and strangers alike. His laugh was loud and all-consuming, and usually the room roared with laughter with him. He will be dearly missed.

Born in New York City on June 1, 1938, Nick was nicknamed Knickerbocker as the first person in his family history, which dates back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1730, to be born in New York City. After graduating from Phillips Academy and Brown University, Nick moved to Washington, D.C. and spent 5 months on the staff of Senator Everett M. Dirksen (R - IL). He became active in the D.C Young Republicans and served as their Treasurer in 1965. Following work on the 1968 election and 1969 inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon, Nick joined the former Department of H.E.W. where he worked for over 7 years in a variety of legislative affairs positions. In 1977, he began nearly 4 years in the United States Senate as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Harry F. Byrd (I – VA) and Senator Robert C. Byrd (D – WV). In 1981, Nick moved to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he spent over 25 years doing budget work. His highest position was GAO’s Deputy Budget Officer.

Since his retirement in 2006, Nick sang in 3 church choirs. In 2008, Nick joined the Mt. Vernon Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Harmony Heritage Singers, and served as its President. He participated in the Meals-On-Wheels program and was active in the Alexandria chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), where he held several leadership positions including President.

In 1971, Nick married Katherine (Kathy) Louise Decker, formerly of Knoxville, TN, and Washington, D.C.. Nick and Kathy had five daughters. Their youngest daughter, Kathleen (Kate) McQuiston Andrus preceded him in death in 1992 at the age of 10. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his daughters Elizabeth (Beth) Ann Withers of Peoria, IL, Mary (Molly) Katherine Andrus Cross of Tampa, FL, Robin Andrus Kinzer of Arlington, VA, and Margaret Andrus Sickling of Auckland, New Zealand, and his 11 grandchildren and 4 sons-in-law. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Liz) Andrus Schoeberlein of Glen Ellyn, IL, his brother, Thomas (Tom) McQuiston Andrus of Portland, OR, and his Uncle Robert (Bobby) Farquhar Andrus of Chicago, IL.

In respect of coronavirus precautions, on Friday, February 19, at 10:30 am, there will be a small private celebration of Nick's life. A link to a recording of the event will be shared through Demaine’s Funeral Home’s website.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area ( or to Nick’s granddaughters’s campaigns to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Katt Withers - and Allison Kinzer -


  • A Memorial Service

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Carlton "Nick" Farquhar Andrus

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Ed McClelland

February 25, 2021

When Nick sang in the Heritage Presbyterian Church choir I was also in the choir. We have many great memories of singing together and the choir parties. He had a very wide range in his singing voice and could go back and fourth singing bass or tenor. We all miss him.


Beth Hansen

February 19, 2021

My family and I could not have asked for better neighbors and I was lucky enough to know Mr. Andrus my entire life. Mr. Andrus was always a warm and friendly face who loved to chat about his family, daughters and grandchildren. His unparalleled kindness, generosity and laugh will not be forgotten. Mr. Andrus will always hold a special place in our hearts and will be greatly missed by all of us and our dog, Cami, who had a big crush on him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loving family.

Daniel Rinzel

February 16, 2021

Nick Andrus was deeply devoted to his family as well as to his community. He was active in local community groups such as the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber and Good Shepherd Housing . As many have already noted, his beautiful singing voice made a major contribution to the Good Shepherd Church choir.
My deepest sympathies to his wife and family. Nick will be missed.

Daniel Rinzel

shelly Leake

February 15, 2021

Hearts go out to you all,
Thinking of you and sending prayers. Memories of Nick & Kathy attending my 50th surprise birthday lunch! I was so happy that they were there to celebrate my special day, with family and our PD Buddies. A memory forever in our hearts. Some of us buddies had the privilege to meet up, and sit in on Nick's choir rehearsals at the Sherwood Hall Library, and attended a performance at The Mount Vernon Estate, a voice to be remembered. Kathy, we love you.
Keep Smiling...

Barbara & Shelly

Clyde and Sue Frank

February 14, 2021

We only got to know Nick and Kathy in the past few years, but we so enjoyed Nick's wry sense of humor and his stories! He and Kathy became part of our small group of Parkinson's Buddies who bonded together over lunch, phone calls, Parkinson's Walks, shared challenges, and just general getting together. We will miss his laugh and his enthusiasm for life! We were lucky to have heard him sing with the Barbershop Harmony Society before the pandemic and had so looked forward to more of his concerts! Nick will always be a PD Buddy. We will miss him. We will always be there for Kathy to enjoy her company. Keep Walking!

Susan smagacz

February 13, 2021

I always would visit with Nick and Kathy once a year in
September to do the 9:11 run in memory of my brother In Law
Gary Smith !Ann smith is my sister! After the run I would help
Kathy peel potatoes to make potato salad! Nick was such an excellent
and the kindness person!

alison hain

February 13, 2021

I have written several paragraphs or "memories" of this marvelous person. Pls. let me know if you did not receive them. The memories are "Adirondack memories", the locale where I knew Nick.

I did not include several memories of your parents, likewise all Adirondack memories.

Liz, Stay well and stay safe in this era of the virus.

With best wishes, Alison Weigel Hain

Colleen Oliveira (Dutson)

February 13, 2021

Robin, hugs and love to you and your family. I only met your dad a few times but I remember him clearly - so gentle and kind, with an *incredible* laugh. He made the world a happier place, what a great legacy. And a good reminder to us all about what’s important in life.
Big hugs, Colleen

Howard Borgstrom

February 13, 2021

It was always a joy to meet up with Nick at Heritage Presbyterian. I believe we were both "PK's" and I know we shared a fond alumni relation at Andover. Being exactly 10 years apart meant that our reunions fell on the same year, and he was a faithful adherent to Andover's Non Sibi (not for self) motto. Nick introduced our Mission Team to Good Shepherd Housing and led our Audit Team for many years. Carol and I will truly miss his ready smile and his booming laugh.

Wolfgang M L MAIER

February 12, 2021

Nick was a gentle giant! I knew him well from Heritage Presbyterian Church (HPC) where he sang for many years in the church choir, but had to give it up when HPC changed the service from 11 A.M to 10.00 A.M. while Nick had to sing in his own church during that time. I had many friendly chats with Nick as he used to come into the HPC Library to get some coffee shortly before he would go in to sing in the Choir and I knew him from NARFE..
Nick and I were both officers for many years at the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). There, he served for many years as the Chapter 232 president, during that time he arranged for excellent speakers over the years, published every month the Chapter's News Letter for Nick was an excellent writer, and he sponsored beautiful Christmas Parties for NARFE members and guests.

One of the other highlights of Nick were the Christmas parties he arranged for the Chapter at the Mount Vernon Country Club and at The Mount Vernon Inn. He would usually have his "Singing Barber Quartet" there to sing for us- it was such a delight. Nick had a wonderful baritone singing voice. At the end of the Christmas parties, Nick would have a Christmas gift, beautifully wrapped, a surprise for each and every participant and guest! Nick was such a thoughtful and caring and gentle person. He left us too suddenly and too early, he left an incredible mark on my life. Bless his soul.