David F. Andrews, 84, obituary 5-19-09

Dave’s son sent this to me; I didn’t think it should be buried deep in the previous Andrews thread

David F. Andrews, 84, Lewiston

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

David Foster Andrews passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, of natural causes. He was 84 years old.

He was born March 16, 1925, in Newark, N.J., the first of three children to William Parrish and Phoebe Foster Andrews. His father was in the steel business and the family moved often when he was young. He attended several schools, graduating from University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1943. He was accepted to Yale University for the following school year, but his Uncle Sam had a different idea, inviting him to join the U.S. Army. He served during World War II with the 14th Armored Division in France, Germany and Czechoslovakia. After the war he also served with the military police in New Orleans.

Discharged in 1946, David returned to Ohio, where he started his career in the firearms industry, working in a sporting goods store in Shaker Heights. He attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, along with his brother, Jack, and Jack’s roommate, an English major and aspiring actor named Paul Newman.

In 1949, Dad moved with the family to Phoenix, where he attended Arizona State College at Tempe (now Arizona State University), graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1951. While there, he met another student named Ida Mary Hanna, who had served as an Army nurse in Europe during WWII. They were married May 29, 1950. She passed away Sept. 6, 1985.
After college, Dave started work as a sales representative for Remington Arms. He covered the Southwest and was later transferred to San Francisco. Although it allowed and often required him to attend the shows and compete in the various clay target, rifle and pistol competitions he loved, the job required him to spend much time away from his family. He quit his job with Remington and went to work for Micro Sight Co. in Belmont, Calif.
In 1963, after several years with Micro Sight and several sporting goods stores in the Bay Area, Dad took an offer from Ray Speer to move his family to Idaho and start work with the Speer Products Co., a move he never regretted, since it allowed him to be closer to the great outdoors and the hunting and fishing he loved. He helped finish work on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 5, and through the years was the editor of the Speer Manuals, Nos. 6 through 11. As time passed through the Speer, CCI and Omark organizations, he wore many hats, including director of quality assurance and marketing services director.

After retirement in 1987, Dad stayed busy in the firearms industry in many capacities, including safety inspector at trade shows for the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI); technical adviser for the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE); and contributing editor for the American Rifleman magazine, where he answered gun and ammunition questions submitted by NRA members. He was also a consultant to law enforcement organizations all over the globe on technical matters related to ammunition.

Retirement also gave him time to devote to his collections. Whether stamps, coins or cartridges, Dad spent endless hours poring over his pieces and trading with other collectors worldwide. His interests took him to many trade and collectors shows across the country and Europe, and membership in collecting organizations around the world.

After Mom passed away, Dad reconnected with his old friend from Shaker Heights, Dorothy Ross. Dad and Dorothy spent many years with each other, both together and apart, sharing old memories and making new ones. He spent a lot of time in Shaker Heights but neither of them would agree to move to the other’s city permanently, so it was often a long-distance relationship. Though separated by miles, they were in nearly daily contact, whether by letter or phone.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; and his brother, Jack.

He is survived by his daughter, Chris Boyer and husband John of Twin Falls; son Bill Andrews and wife Paula of Lewiston; and sister Phoebe Therrien and husband Dick of Gilbert, Ariz. He is also survived by granddaughters Yecora Daniels and husband Greg of Payette, Idaho, and Jessica Boyer of Twin Falls, and grandsons Jared Moran of Bozeman, Mont., Justin Boyer of Boise and Jacon Boyer of Idaho Falls, along with three great-grandchildren. And last, but not least, love and soulmate for the past 17 years, Dorothy Ross of Shaker Heights.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Tri-State Hospital Wound Clinic and Lewiston Rehabilitation and Care Center for their care the past several months.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston. A luncheon reception will follow at the Pioneer Park band shell, 203 Fifth St. in Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Lewiston Library Foundation.