Bill Andrews, formerly of Tecumseh, died July 14, 2008, at Freedom Village in Bradenton, Fla., where he had lived since 1994. He was born on Aug. 29, 1915, in Kalamazoo, the son of Dorence and Isabelle Andrews.

Bill served in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Army in WWII, where he received two bronze stars.  After returning to civilian-life, he worked as a product engineer for Ford Motor, Plymouth.  He attended Ford Business School and Jackson Business College.

Bill married Jane (Sutherland) Andrews in 1940 and they moved to Tecumseh and raised a family.  Jane died in 1974.  In 1976, he married Jane (Newell) Andrews and they moved to Venice, Fla. in 1977 after he retired from Ford. In 1994, they moved to Freedom Village, Bradenton, Fla.  Jane died there that same year. In 1997, Bill married Dorothy (Aja) Andrews and she survives.  

Other survivors include his three children, Jay (Cathy) Andrews of Hendersonville, N.C., Don (Bev) Andrews of Sturgis, Mich. and Mary (Jeff) Johnson of Palmetto, Fla.  Grandchildren include Lee, Justin and Kyle Andrews and great-grandchildren are Brooke, Leah and Dan. Step-children include Bill (Sue) Newell of Toledo, Ohio, Jim (Carleen) Newell of Dunlap, Tenn., Peggy (Lee) Taylor of Brooklyn, Mich. and Dot’s daughter, Jane Adams of Pownal, Vt.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date.

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