Richard Lee Andes, 84 of Bloomington, IL, passed away 1:54 AM, Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Bloomington, IL. His funeral service will be 1:00 PM Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with military rites accorded by the Bloomington -Normal American Legion Honor Guard. The Rev. John McIntosh will officiate. Private family burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be made to the Community Cancer Center, Normal, IL.
Richard was born April 10, 1928 in Maroa, IL, son of Harry and Gwendoline Hedger Andes. He married Joanne Graening on August 12, 1951 in Pekin, IL. She passed away January 14, 2012.
Surviving are four children, Pamela (John) Hartman, Corona, NM, Richard (Mary) Andes, Celebration, FL, Diane (Roger) Andes Finney, Normal, IL, David (Karen) Andes, Cheshire, CT; 15 Grandchildren; two Great-Grandchildren; two Sisters, Marge Swartz. Denton, TX, Beverly Baker, Denton, TX; two Brothers, Donald (Barbara) Andes, Payson, AZ, Larry (Judith) Andes, Aubrey, TX
He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, George Edwin Andes and Harry Andes, Jr.
Richard attended schools at Sibley and Clinton, IL. He served in the US Air force for 3 years, and then graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1953. He was employed at State Farm Automobile Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL and Columbia, Missouri for 39 years and was proud to have been among the earliest pioneers who installed the first electronic computer equipment in the State Farm Automobile Company. He retired in 1990 as an Assistant Vice President in the Service and Systems Department. Richard organized the Blue Sky Investment Club. It has functioned continuously since 1970. Richard enjoyed family gatherings, travel, sports and genealogy and volunteered at the McLean County Historical Society Museum and the United Way of McLean County. He was a long time member of and involved with the First United Methodist Church, Normal.
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