Dexter “Bud” O. Andrews, 81, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at his home in Two Rivers, Wis. He was born Feb. 4, 1932, to Mary Benedict and Earl Dexter Andrews in Two Rivers, Wis.
He was raised in the poorest conditions imaginable during the Great Depression on a wooded, untamed 40-acre farm. With his three siblings, Ruth (Braun), and twins Albert Andrews and Alice (Richard) they lived 64 miles northwest of Green Bay in Mountain, Wis. They had no running water, no electricity, and no mother. The one thing he did have was his beloved father, Earl, who filled his life with love, hope, and inspiration.
Bud joined the U.S. Navy in 1951, serving on a destroyer during the Korean War. While in the Navy, Bud met an angel, the love of his life, Shirley Richard, in Two Rivers on July 4, 1952. They married on July 10, 1954. In 1955, he was honorably discharged and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering, eventually earning a development technician degree in 1957.
Bud moved his growing family in 1958 to South Milwaukee, Wis., where he spent many years raising his six boys. His love of music expanded beyond country and western music as he relished watching his sons perform in various musical theater productions.
The family moved to Kokomo in 1973. While in Kokomo, Bud received special recognition for helping save a colleague’s life through applying CPR. Bud also singlehandedly sponsored a nine-member Vietnamese family, profoundly changing their lives forever. He worked in the migrant ministry. His love of carpentry enabled him to make extra money renovating recreational rooms, adding screened-in porches, and re-roofing houses throughout Kokomo. A man of many talents, he learned how to square dance, garden, golf, play bridge, and began to travel abroad.
Bud held a variety of leadership positions at AC Spark Plug/Delco Electronics (a subsidiary of GM) in Oak Creek, Wis., and Kokomo for 34 years, retiring as a senior cost analyst.
In 1992, Bud and Shirley began spending winters in Winter Haven, Fla. They moved from Kokomo to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1997 and spent 10 years there.
Life came full circle when Bud moved back to his birth town of Two Rivers in 2007.
He was a loving father who cared greatly about his country, community, and family. He was a faithful and caring husband who adored his wife. He was an incredible role model who inspired his sons to be terrific fathers, caring citizens, and honorable men. He enjoyed life, family, music, travel, golf, cards, and, as a shareholder, the Green Bay Packers.
His faith in the Lord was strong and steadfast. He was always quick with a smile, loved to hug, and offered words of wisdom and gentle guidance to many throughout his lifetime. He had a sharp wit and an arsenal of funny sayings. He was a warm, kindhearted, generous man who exemplified integrity.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Shirley (Richard) Andrews. He is also survived by his five children, Curt Andrews (Jean), Keith Andrews (Xian), Glenn Andrews (Sara), Craig Andrews (Sue), and Brian Andrews (Laura). He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Albert Andrews, and sisters-in-law, Marie Klein, Lou Skarban, and Chris (Marc) Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his son, Chad Andrews, and his sisters, Ruth (Braun) and Alice (Richard).
A celebration of Dexter “Bud” Andrews’ life will be Monday in Two Rivers.
Memorials can be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, Two Rivers, Wis., is assisting the Andrews family with arrangements.