OBITUARY

John M. and Rose Andrews

John (Jack) M. Andrews passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 29, 2011 in Spokane. He was 75. Jack was born on August 31, 1935 in Newburgh, New York to George and Jane Andrews. He spent his childhood with his brother Dick in Cold Springs, New York. He attended Storm King Prep School in Cornwall, New York, where he was an accomplished athlete in baseball, basketball and football before he moved on to Middlebury College. He loved spending summers at the family house on Wanaksink Lake, swimming and sailing. In 1958 he joined the Marines. After discharge, he began working for Beneficial, a job which eventually would take him and his family across the state before he retired after nearly 40 years. On October 5, 1963, Jack married Rose Velez in Highland Falls, NY. They were married for 48 years. Soon after the wedding they moved to Kalispell, Montana and eventually Wallace, Idaho where they raised their family for 45 years. They moved to Liberty Lake, Washington in 2008 to be closer to family. Rose passed away in the fall of 2010. Jack was a family man through and through, enjoying the endeavors and accomplishments of his 5 children, Paul, Patricia, Pam, John and Pat. He umpired little league games, attended wrestling matches, football, baseball and basketball games, dance recitals and more. He enjoyed family trips to Twin Lakes, and trips back home to New York to visit family and his beloved Wanaksink. In Wallace, he enjoyed bowling, and was an active member of the local theater group, taking the lead role in several performances. He was an avid civil war historian and enjoyed collecting coins, movies and other memorabilia. A master with words and trivia, he loved jumbles, crossword puzzles, jeopardy, and cheering for the Mariners and Seahawks. He always treasured his days at the lake, and spending time with his family. Jack had a deep, resounding laugh, talked to others with ease, and was a great storyteller who introduced his grandchildren to “the Great River,” family tales and traditions. He taught us the importance of family, a strong work ethic and how to laugh and enjoy life. He will be missed. Jack is survived by his brother Dick (Barb), his children: Paul (Melissa), Patricia (Chuck), Pam (Ron), John (Ann), Patrick (Lena), his grandchildren: Kami (Chris), Alicia, Kyle, Amanda, Kira, Katie, Joseph, Elly, Sam, Mandy, Anthony and Jeremiah, and great-grandchildren: Kaylee and Cayson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, and his parents, George and Jane. A joint memorial service for Jack and Rose will be held September 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Spokane Valley at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Washington State Veteran’s Cemetery.

Services

  • Memorial Service for John and Rose Andrews Friday, September 2, 2011
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Paul Andrews

September 1, 2011

Dad and Mother, A team of true hall of famers! I have had the wonderful pleasure of watching you grow up as a young loving couple, just back from the honeymoon, to moving west (the day Pres. Kennedy was shot), Kalispel where Trish and Pam were born, to the big house in Wallace where every one remembers Christmases! Few people make the impact in life you did. Your patience and loving guidence will be felt for genrations to come. Jack and Rose...A TITANIC thank you!!! Our Hearts WILL go On!

Alicia Johnston

September 1, 2011

You both have played a very importat role in my life. You will always be loved and forever be missed. I love you both.

Kyle Flood

August 31, 2011

Grandma and Grandad,-Thanks for all the memories, for taking us to Mt. Rushmore, the fun Mariners games in Seattle, and of course, Disney on Ice. You will be missed.

Pat Andrews

August 31, 2011

Dad,
My words can't describe the strength you have given to me. In good times and bad, your quiet guidance made me the man I am today. You will be in my heart forever.

Patricia Warner

August 31, 2011

Mom, You have always been my loudest cheerleader-whether it was canning, baking, cooking, home improvements, or school. When I get down, I will listen to the "rah! rah! rah!" you've left in my heart. Thank you

Amanda Johnston

August 31, 2011

Granddad: i will never forget our walks to the great river! Our time spent together will be in my heart forever and always! I learned so much from you and thank you for everything!
Grandma: I will never forget how you always had a smile on your face, and how you let all of us children help you cook in the kitchen with you!
I miss and love you both so much!

pam overbeck

August 31, 2011

mom, i am forever grateful that i was chosen for you to be my mother. i am forever blessed by what i learned from you. thank you for your strength and for showing me how life should be lived with laughter. dad, thank you for showing me what the true meaning of
character really is. i will miss being able to solicited free
advise whenever i need it. i will miss our game time cheers
and jeers. thank you most for giving me the strength to go on without you both.

Ann Andrews

August 30, 2011

Rose, I will treasure our New York memories, and all the laughter we shared. My fellow wordsmith Jack, I will miss your wisdom with jumbles and crosswords.
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall softly on your fields
And until we meet again, May God hold
you in the palm of his hand.

Katie Andrews

August 30, 2011

I remember cooking with Grandma. The highlight of my trips to Grandma and Grandad's was sitting on the floor, sorting state quarters. Grandad always saved them for me. I love you both!

Elly Andrews

August 30, 2011

I loved playing with Grandma's beads when I was a baby. We used to do chair rides with Grandad, and I fell off lots of times but it didn't stop me from getting on. I loved it.