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Obituary: William "Bill" Andrews, Columbus

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William “Bill” Andrews, 86, of Columbus, IN, passed from the arms of his loving family into the arms of his Savior on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Bill was born July 13, 1926, on a farm in St. Louis Crossing, to Earl and Berniece Andrews and was one of seven children: Earl Andrews Jr. of Port Orchard, Washington, Betty Matthias of Indianapolis, Lois Flinn (deceased), Phyllis Westerfield of Columbus, Donald Andrews of Columbus, and infant sister, Bonnie (deceased).

Bill served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of SAE Fraternity at Franklin College where he graduated in 1949 with a degree in Pre-Law/Business Administration. He then went on to a 35-year career as a service manager at Cummins where he made many, lifelong friends.

Bill was an active member of Camon Masonic Lodge No. 343, for 64 years. He served as Past Master of the lodge, was a Scottish Rite member, a Shriner, a member of Order of the Eastern Star and was involved with High 12 at local, state and international levels. He was a member of Hope American Legion and a member and docent of the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum. He was a faithful member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

The funeral service celebrating the life and legacy of William “Bill” Andrews will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Columbus,  with Pastor Dave Blystone and Paul Johnson officiating.

Calling hours will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street and from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service on Thursday at the church. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted by members of Camon Masonic Lodge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church Music Department or Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Bill is survived by the love of his life, Joyce Essex Andrews, his devoted wife of 57 years. He is also survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Dana Stickans of Columbus, Ginny and Mike Floren of Trafalgar, and Lori and Sheldon Sorensen of Cologne, Minnesota; his 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and beloved family dog, Peaches.

Words cannot begin to express how much he was loved and will be deeply missed.

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