GARNER — JD Andrews, 78, of Garner passed away Friday March 1, 2019, at Mercy One North Iowa Hospice with his loving family by his side. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 5, at 10 a.m., at the Garner United Methodist Church in Garner with Rev. Paul Evans officiating. Burial took place at East Lawn Cemetery in Algona. Visitation was held on Monday at the Garner United Methodist Church in Garner from 4 to 6 p.m. Lentz Funeral Home of Burt is assisting the family, www.lentzfuneralhome.com.
JD, the son of James Dean and Mary Jean (Ludwig) Andrews, was born on June 20, 1940, in Burt. After graduating from Burt High School, he went away for school and joined the National Guard, and then upon returning to Burt to work at Farm Service, he was set up by friends to ask Mary out on a date and that was the beginning of the love of a lifetime. They were married in Algona on March 24, 1967.
JD was a well-known pillar of the Burt community. After working at various farm service organizations, he worked at the Burt Co-op for 30 years where he enjoyed seeing and getting to know all of the local farmers and their families. He was an active, long-time member of the Lion’s Club of Burt for 43 years and in Garner for four years. A very spiritual man, JD was also a devoted member and choir participant of the United Methodist Church for over 50 years.
Great memories were made during the summer weekends in Okoboji, water-skiing and boating. And traveling adventures with Mary and family brought JD to all of the 50 states as well as Europe and cruises to Panama, Mexico and Caribbean.
Upon moving to Garner to be closer to his daughter Nicole’s family, he immediately became involved in the Garner United Methodist Church. We will all remember JD enthusiastically cheering on his grandchildren at every possible sporting event, as he did when his own children were growing up, playing a wicked card game with anyone daring enough to take him on, and fiercely loving his family as well as providing a helping hand to anyone, anytime, anywhere. JD was known for his compassion, strong will, incredible appreciation for his friends and family, and deep joy in every moment he could spend with his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is joining his parents, Dean and Mary-Jean Andrews, and his elder sister, Rochelle Scott, in Heaven. He is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Andrews; their children, Jared (Heather) Andrews and Nicole (Martin) Furst; and seven grandchildren: Jett, Dean, Trevor and Carter Andrews and Drew, Ben and Avery Furst; sister, Pam Wall.
The family is eternally grateful for all of the love, support and amazing acts of kindness over the recent years, and the awesome offerings of well wishes and stories during JD’s last week with us.
Memorials may be directed towards the Garner United Methodist Church, 885 Maben Ave, Garner, IA 50438 or Mercy One North Iowa Hospice, 232 2nd Street SE, Mason City, Iowa 50401.