Stan Andreika

April 27, 1950December 3, 2012

Stan Andreika 27 April 1950 - 3 December 2012

Stan passed away Monday, 3 December after a short battle with leukemia. He was very proud to be an American, of his 26 year Naval career and very proud of his family. Stan was born in Harvey, IL to Stanley and Avalone Andreika on 27 April 1950. He attended local schools and graduated from Andrews University in 1973 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. He received his commission after attending Officer Candidate School in July 1982. His first assignment after completion of Surface Warfare Officer School was the USS Lynde McCormick where he assigned as the CIC Watch Officer. Commander Andreika then transferred to the USS Niagara Falls where he served as the Electrical Officer, Assistant Intelligence Officer and Navigator. He went on to work for Commander, Mine Warfare Command, where he was the Officer in Charge for Hunter/Strike Group in Support of Operation Ernest Will. He attended SWOS Department Head School before joining the USS Marvin Shields as the Operations Officer. After completing his tour as the Operations Officer, he then joined Afloat Training Group, Pacific where he worked as the Primary Team Leader and as the Assistant Combat Systems Department Head. After work at Afloat Training Group, Pacific, he joined the Navy Reserve where he worked with Naval Support Element, Gladstone Australia and Commander, Naval Forces Pacific in support of Tandem Thrust fulfilling the roles of Executive Officer, Camp Commander and Key Planning Officer. He then went on to work for Afloat Training Group, Detachment 119 in Long Beach, CA as the Operations Officer and the Executive Officer, while at Afloat Training Group Commander Andreika was recalled to Active Duty where he served as the Operations Officer and the Foreign Navy Training Officer for Afloat Training Group, Pacific. After returning from active duty, he joined Naval Forces Korea where he served as the Operations Officer and as the Training and Supply Officer. Following his tour with Commander, Naval Forces Korea, he was offered the unique opportunity of being involved with the formation of Commander, Maritime Defense Forces, Pacific and its subsequent, change to US Harbor Defense Forces Western Pacific, where as a Plank Owner, Commander Andreika held the positions of Assistant Chief Of Staff-Plans Department, N3/N5 Director, N3 Operations Officer, N8 Director and N31 Department Head. Stan was also very proud to be serving as Post Commander of VFW Post 10293 in Ceres and loved the many friends he made there. Stan continued his education with University of Phoenix where he earned his Masters Degree in Organizational Management in 2003. Stan is survived by his loving wife Karen, sons Patrick of TN, Shane of TN and Chris of BC, step sons Tim Fender (Megan) and Greg Fender (Rashelle), all of OR, sister Jeanne (Tracy) of San Diego and many extended family members and friends. Graveside service will be held Friday, 7 December 11am at Lakewood Memorial Park. Remembrances may be made to Ceres VFW Post 10293, Wounded Warriors, Leukemia Society or charity of your choice.

Published in The Modesto Bee on December 6, 2012


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Brian Wool

June 1, 2013

My sincerest condolences to Stan's family. I served with him onboard the USS Marvin Shields, although not in a department/division under his direct leadership - the navigation team worked in conjunction with his department. In my dealings with him, he seemed to be a very light hearted man who knew when to take the job seriously and knew when it was just another hurdle that the crew needed to overcome and try to take it personally. He's one of the few officers I can still hear speak as if he was in the same room.

Debbie Otto

December 7, 2012

I'm glad we were able to talk last night. You are incredibly strong and that strength will carry you through these difficult times. I am sorry I'm not with you today, but I am in spirit. There are no words that will comfort you, just know that you and Stan were a blessing for each other and Stan will be your Christmas Angel, lighting the spirit of Christmas for you from now on.
Love, Debbie

Lenore Whalen

December 7, 2012

Dearest Karen & Family, I am so saddened for the loss of your dear Stan. Please know that I care deeply and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Roy & Patricia Gagaza

December 7, 2012

Karen, We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Stan. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Todd & Nanette Cordoni

December 7, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love & hugs.

Lois Matherly

December 7, 2012

Karen, I am saddened by your loss. I want to let you know that I am praying for you and your family.

Sharrie Altadonna

December 6, 2012

Karen, my condolences to you and your family for your sudden loss. Now you have a special guardian angel watching over you.
Keep the memories......

Loreen Favia

December 6, 2012

Karen, I can't even begin to put into words the deep sadness I feel for your loss. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that there are many people who love you and care about you. You and your family are in my prayers.

Mark & Nicole Hammond

December 6, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Praying that the Lord will bring you comfort, peace and rest. Love you guys.

Diana Morris

December 6, 2012