James R. Andrews

June 15, 1935January 4, 2012

James R. Andrews Winter Haven, Florida, formerly of Holt, MI

Age 76, died January 4, 2012, born June 15, 1935 to LeRoy and Ila (Hambly) Andrews. He retired from Michigan National Guard after 31 years and retired from MSU as a master electrician. He was a pilot and very active in the EAA. James loved to hunt, water skiing, snowmobiling and an avid outdoorsman. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cindy in 1967. He is survived by his wife Roberta Joan “Jo” of 57 years, daughter, Robbin (Pat) Manor, son Brent D. (Cindy), 5 grandchildren Rachel (Ray) Sutton, Scott Manor, Hayley Manor, Emily Andrews, Gracie Andrews, 2 great grandchildren Garret Sutton, Claire Sutton, 2 sisters Georgina (John) Robison, Carol (Howard) Houghton, 2 step-brothers Ken Grieb, Jim Grieb, 3 step-sisters Joan (Bob) Fuller, Marlene (Roger) Shepard, Dolores (Ray) Miller and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI with Dr. Glenn Wagner officiating. The family will receive friends at visitation on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Interment will follow the funeral service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens with military honors. Contributions in James’ memory may be made to Holt United Methodist Church, 2321 N. Aurelius, Holt, MI 48842, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808. On-line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Funeral Friday, January 13, 2012

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Jeff Waggoner

January 25, 2012

To Jo and the family...I just found out about your loss. I brought my band to Florida several times (you may remember, you handled me and my jazz band once some years ago) and Jim was always a welcome face when we stepped out of the bus or off the plane. (As I got older, the 24-hour bus trip kind of lost its appeal!) He was a wonderful guy and I absolutely loved every minute I was with him. As a grandpa myself, now, I try to be more like Jim was every day, caring, optimistic, and friendly to everyone I ever saw him meet. Our sincere condolences on your loss...please know that Jim influenced many people not only by his work but by his example. I'm going to help out an ETI group this spring in Chicago myself, and I hope I can do Jim's memory justice. You and your family will be in our prayers. - Jeff Waggoner, Clarendon Hills, Illinois (former band director at Hinsdale Central HS)

Ginny Balgoyen

January 14, 2012


After I married Al, Jim and you were two of the first people I met of his friends. I was impressed with the respect Al and Jim had for each other. Jim reminded me of an overgrown Boy Scout as he always enjoyed helping others. Jim always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. He will truly be missed by all the people who knew him. May God be with you and your family.

Al Balgoyen

January 14, 2012

Joan & family,

I first met Jim at the Electrical Shop at MSU. In all the years I worked with Jim I never heard him talk bad about anyone. We struck up a friendship which lasted thru the years. We watched our families grow and even went camping together. Jim was not one to avoid pulling a dirty trick on a friend. One time we were in Hawaii cruising on a catamaran. They had a stage on deck and Jim was outside looking thru a window. A hula-hula girl asked for a volunteer to come up on stage just as Jim waved at me. I waved back and the girl picked me to go on stage. She took my shirt off and I had to do the hula-hula. I told Jim I'd get even with him someday but I never had the opportunity. Joan, I feel fortunate to have the memories of times our families shared together. I'm going to miss Jim and his friendship and talking about the past experiences in the Electrical Department at MSU. Your friend always.

gloria young

January 12, 2012

What a loss this is to all of us who knew Jim so well. Growing up with both Jim and Jo, spending our school years together and the rest of our adult lives, we'll miss him. Our prayers are with Jo and the rest of the family. Paul and Gloria Young

Susie Mcphall

January 11, 2012

Robbin and family, my heart is sad, but as I look thru the pictures I see a man you loved his family, those memories will stay with you forever. God Bless,your always in my thoughts and prayers. Love Susie J.

Mark Robison

January 11, 2012

Thanks Uncle Jim for the "push" you gave me. My prayers and love for my cousins. Cindy has her Daddy now...... What a reuion!!!

January 9, 2012

Jo (we still think of you as Roberta from Holt school days.!) We still have Jim's note when we saw you in June and planned to see you in Florida next month. We are very saddened to say adieu to Jim, and will miss his humor and good will. Our Love, Don & Jan Jackson

Frannie & Ed Bassett

January 9, 2012

Jo and the Andrews family We are sorry about your loss. But we can say that we will never ever for get the good times we had Excorting with you two. Our years that we new Jim, we will never forget. God bless all of you Frannie & Ed Bassett

Kelli Face

January 9, 2012

Joan and Robbin and family, I am really sorry to hear about Jim. He was a nice father-in-law and was kind to me. He will be missed and my prayers are with you.

Peg Boyles

January 9, 2012

Jo and family, I will remember Jim as good friend, neighbor, and all the time he put into our yearly bazaar here at Oakwood Estates. We will miss his sense of humor, and smiling face. Peg Boyles