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William "Bill" Andrews

William Dale (Bill) Andrews, son of Perle J. and Maude Ann (Groves) Andrews, was born September 17, 1929, in his home in Lincoln Township, Diagonal, Iowa. Bill passed away peacefully Nov. 27th, 2021 at Greater Regional Hospital in Creston from Covid pneumonia.

Bill attended country school in Benton and graduated from Benton Community High School. Bill was drafted to the US Army in 1953 serving for 2 years, station in Colorado and Alaska, where he joined his brother Bob there.

On November 15, 1958, Bill married Phyllis Ann Hammond at the Clearfield Church in a private ceremony with Keith Walter and Donna Teply standing with them. They then made their home in rural Diagonal, Redding, and later settled in Benton where they called home.

On November 16, 1961, Bill and Phyllis Ann brought home their new baby girl Teresa Ann.

Bill, brother Bob, and their families farmed together their whole life in Ringgold County. Bill & Bob also operated Andrew’s Backhoe Service, and were inseparable – where you’d see one, the other was close by, this has continued at morning coffee in Benton. Bill took great pride in mowing cemeteries and yards, he was a 70-year member of the Odd Fellows, and was very involved in the Benton community, playing a big part in the building of the Waubonsie Community Center.

Bill and Phyllis’ family grew when Teresa had 2 children, Amanda, and then Adam. Along came great grands and they were all the highlight of Grandpa Bill’s life. He was also Grandpa Bill to many friends and acquaintances as Bill never knew a stranger. You’d never be at a sporting event that Grandpa wasn’t on the front row, proud as can be of grands, then great grands.

Bill will be terribly missed by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis Andrews; daughter Teresa (Mike) Crecelius of Sidney, Iowa; granddaughter Amanda (Tomie) Overholser of Benton, Iowa; grandson Adam (Liz) Jackson of Bondurant, Iowa; 5 great grandchildren Abbi Overholser and Brodie Overholser of Benton, Brayden and Brody Field, and Kasen Jackson of Bondurant, Iowa; brother, Robert (Bob) Andrews of Benton; nephews, Randy (Becky) Andrews of Benton, Rick (Vickie) Andrews of Lawrence, Kansas; niece, Karen (Mark) Roub of Alpharetta, Georgia; Nephews, Kevin (Tanya) Andrews of Leon, Iowa, Dwayne (Candy) Andrews of Unionville, Missouri, Kent (Denise) Andrews of Andover, Minnesota, Dick Hammond of Creston, Iowa; niece, Diana (James) Turner of Creston, Iowa; many great nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends of a lifetime who will miss his laughter, Facebooking and his hugs.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Perle and Maude Andrews; brothers Kenneth Max and Richard; sisters-in-law Rose Andrews, Martha Perle Hammond; mother-in-law Mary Hammond; brother-in-law Richard Hammond, and niece Sondra Andrews.

Bill will be missed by many and lived a wonderful 92 years.

A Celebration of Life may be held at a later date.

A memorial fund has been established for the Waubonsie Community Building in Benton.

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JuLee Caldwell Dec 21 2021 1:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Andrews

Barb Kennedy Supinger Nov 30 2021 7:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Andrews

Jodi Angus Nov 30 2021 1:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Andrews

Rich Swank Nov 30 2021 11:14 AM

Phyllis Ann, Teresa Ann, Adam and Amanda and families-was so very sorry to hear Bill passed. He was such a sweet man with a huge heart. He loved you all to pieces. You are blessed to have memories upon memories. Use them to help with the pain during this time. Love, Callie and family

Mike and Callie Bruce Family Nov 29 2021 5:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Andrews

Mike and Callie Bruce Nov 29 2021 5:07 PM

Thinking of the Andrew family during this hard time. Bill Andrew's was always kind & lended a hand to the Hall family for 3 generations. He was a bright light for all of us. Bill will be missed by many. Sending thoughts & prayers from the entire Hall-Marlow-Watson Family.

Debbie Marlow-Legan Nov 29 2021 3:46 PM

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a wonderful friend to Joe and Bertha Campbell and their children. Zelda Campbell Winslow.

Zelda Winslow Nov 29 2021 3:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Andrews

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A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Andrews

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