APRIL 3, 2001

Thomas F. (Tom) Andrews left the arms of his family to take the hand of the Lord and go home Tuesday, April 3, 2001. He died after a long struggle with cancer.

The fourth of eight children of Leo and Hilma Andrews, he was born in Lewiston July 11, 1943. He attended school in Lewiston until his graduation in 1961. He attended college part-time and worked part-time for his father’s trucking company until, as a summer hire for Alaska Lumber & Pulp in Sitka, Alaska, he met his future wife, the girl who worked in payroll, on a blind date. He and Carole Haavig were married shortly thereafter on April 10, 1968.

Returning to Lewiston, Tom was employed by Pacific Fruit and Produce. He was transferred to Port Angeles, Wash., as a branch manager in 1972. In January 1974, he was promoted to manager of the Pasco branch of Pacific Fruit. In 1980, Tom started Andrews Produce, a wholesale produce company that continues to operate.

Tom had a whisky laugh, but did not drink; a booming voice full of fun and good cheer; a sturdy shoulder to lean on; large hands made for helping and holding; and a tender heart with the strength of steel. Tom was a faithful local high school sports fan and an avid golfer.

Tom is survived by his wife, Carole; and two children, daughter Stephany Andrews and her husband, Blake Call of Anchorage, Alaska, and a son Tate and Amy Andrews of Kennewick. There is a very special granddaughter, Ander Carolyn Call, age 3, and three wonderful stepgrandchildren, Brendan, Shannon and Learen Call.

Hilma Andrews, his mother, still lives in the family home at Lewiston; sisters Bonnie and Earl of Sitka, Alaska, Ann Rae Semler of Bellevue, Judy Andrews of Walla Walla, Linda and Frank Bauer and Terry Fetner, all of Lewiston. Tom has two brothers, Tim and Louise Andrews and Michael and Sandy Andrews, all of Lewiston.

Other survivors include Carole’s parents, Joyce and Neland Haavig of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Cynthia Haavig of Houston, Texas, Leslie and Richard Hansen of University Place, Wash., Kristi Haavig and her husband Jake Allmaras of Anchorage and Maren Haavig of Juneau, Alaska; also two brothers-in-law, Steven Haavig and his wife, Paula Scavera of Juneau and Paul Haavig of Sitka. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Leo Andrews.

In honor of Tom, please be committed and devoted to your families. To show respect for his life, please be the kind of friend that he was. In memory of Tom, please reach outside your circle, extend yourself to be there for a child. A small gesture can make a big difference in the life of a young person. To celebrate Tom’s life, invite the Holy Spirit to walk with you always.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church on Kennewick Avenue and Dayton Street in Kennewick. Services will conclude at the church. Mueller’s Greenlee Funeral Home in Pasco is in charge of arrangements.