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Robert Lee Andrews was born September 3, 1928, in Iowa, on a farm south of the Union County line in Lincoln Township, to Perle J. and Maude Ann (Groves) Andrews.
Bob attended country school in Lincoln Township and when his family moved to Benton, he attended school there and graduated from Benton High in 1947 with three classmates. One of which was his lifelong friend, farming partner, and brother, Bill. Together after high school he and Bill started farming in the Benton area.
Bob met Rose Courtney and they were married on September 9, 1950, in the Methodist Church in Tingley, IA. Til death do us part this union lasted 54 years.
Being drafted into the United States Army in 1951, life took him to Alaska for 18 months with Army buddies Lloyd Jones and Gerold (Frog) Willey. Bill joined them for approximately the last six months of their tour of duty.
After the Army, Bob and Rose returned to Iowa and started farming north of Mount Ayr where their two sons, Rick and Randy, entered the family.
In 1959 Bob and Bill moved their families to farm near Redding. A few years later Bob and Rose’s daughter, Karen, was born. In 1972 brought the purchase of a farm property in the Diagonal area where he lived until his passing.
In addition to farming together their whole adult lives, Bob and Bill owned and operated Andrews Backhoe Service. With a multitude of friends, Bob and Rose enjoyed square dancing and card parties. Bob belonged to the I.O.O.F. Lodge, was a member of Farm Bureau and the Cattleman’s Association. He also believed in his community. He along with other area men saw a need for a place for the community to gather. The project began July 1992, and the Benton Community Hall was ready for use by October 1992.
Bob was a cheerful, generous, kind man who never met a stranger. He could carry on a conversation with anyone he met, and he made everyone who entered his home feel welcome.
Bob passed away on December 25, 2022.
Those left to cherish his memory include Alice Elliott (sister-in-law) Biloxi, MS, Maxine Fry (sister-In-law) Indianola, IA, Glea Andrews (sister-in-law) Leon, IA; sons, Richard (Vickie Schafer) Andrews of Lawrence, KS and Randy (Becky Schafer) Andrews of Diagonal, IA; daughter, Karen (Mark) Roub of Cleveland, GA; grandsons, Gustin (Cynthia) Andrews of Lawrence, KS, Jotham (Kelley) Andrews of York, NE, Charles (Stacey) Andrews of Mundfordville, KY, Michael Murray of Cleveland, GA; granddaughters, Tara (Shane) Brown of Gardener, KS, Nora Andrews of Diagonal, IA, Cody (Danny) Ray of Mount Ayr, IA, Courtney (Brian) Sheil of Mount Ayr, IA, great grandchildren, Asher Brown, Wrenner Brown, Gilan Brown and Poppie Brown; Hagan Andrews, Holden Andrews, Harper Andrews, Hawken Andrews, Henlee Andrews; Travis (Ashlyn) Clarke; Anson Andrews, Saxton Andrews, Maddisen Ray, Christopher Ray, Summer Ray, Jacob Murray, Carter Sheil and Kyler Sheil, Baby Girl Sheil on the way; great great grandchildren, Benton Clarke, Barrett Clarke and Berklee Clarke; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Andrews; parents, Perle and Maude Andrews; brothers, Richard Andrews, William (Bill) and Phyllis Andrews; Kenneth Andrews; in-laws, Charles and Maggie Courtney, Flora Courtney, Clarence and Jean Courtney, Cathy Courtney, Mary and Al Munson, Harold and Norma Courtney, Kelly Sue Layton, Carey Courtney Charles (Chuck) Elliott, Dwight Fry, Sondra Andrews and Abbi Overholser.
Visitation will be held at the United Baptist Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with services beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Burial, with military honors by Ringgold American Legions and the U.S. Army Honor Guard, will take place in the Benton Cemetery.
Memorials are to the Benton Community Center.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.

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