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Robert Paul “Bob” Andrews

Robert Paul “Bob” Andrews, 92, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. He was a resident of Franklin.

He was born June 14, 1921, in Kingston, Tenn., to Joseph R. and Lura (Day) Andrew. He married Opal Lucille Parnell on July 1, 1949.

Bob is survived by his children, Karen (Steve) Robards of Bargersville, Heather Andrews of Breckenridge, Colo., and Lynn Price, Kevin Andrews and Valarie (Patrick) Zufall, all of Franklin. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Dixon, Joey Price and Sarah (Steve) Caldwell; and four great-grandchildren, CJ Dixon and Kaitlyn, Lia and Lauren Caldwell.

He was preceded in passing by his wife, Opal; his parents, Joseph and Lura Andrew; three brothers, Edgbert, Cecil and Gene; and a sister, Marie.

Bob was a 1940 graduate of Hagerstown High School and attended Tri State College. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1941. He served in the European theater as a member of the 1272 Engineer Combat Battalion and the 1008 Engineers Special Services Battalion, returning home in March 1946. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1981 as a chief warrant officer four.

He was employed by Perfect Circle, Chrysler and Allison Division of General Motors, receiving the GM Gold Medal for Community Service in 1982. He retired from Allison in 1982.

Bob was a member of the New Castle Masonic Lodge No. 91, F&AM, since 1951. He was a member of the Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and Legion of Honor. He was also a member of the Johnson County Shrine Club and was a Shriner of the Year. He was a past member of the Sojourners. He was a member of Greenwood American Legion Post No. 252.

He was a founding member of the Johnson County Association of Retarded Citizens (Gateway), serving several terms as president of the organization, and was instrumental in the acquisition and purchase of the current building location. Bob served as regional vice president and treasurer for several terms in the ARC of Indiana.

He was an honored life member and historian of the American Indian Council, having served as co-chairman and member of the board of directors for several terms. He was a member of the Midwest Cherokee Alliance and served as historian. Bob was also an associate member of the Cherokee Elders Council of Locust Grove, Okla. He founded and sustained their school fund. In 2010, he donated his library of books on Native Americans to the Cherokee Elders Council for a reference library, with some of the rare books dating back to the 1800s. The library was named in his honor.

A graveside service with military honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at South Mound Cemetery in New Castle. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Andrews requested donations to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or the Cherokee Elders Council, Box 163, 101 Market Place, Locust Grove, OK 74352.

Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.

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