Andrew L. Andre

June 17, 1932 - July 27, 2022
Andrew L. Andre

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Retired Navy Commander “Andy” Andre passed away on July 27, 2022, in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was born June 17, 1932 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Dena Ruth Erhardt Andre and William Andre and was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Mackey Andre of Locke, New York in 1993. He is also preceded in death by his sister Ruth and her husband Ron, sister-in-law Lorraine, and son-in-law Jim. He is survived by his second wife, Nancy Starkey Andre, a brother Carl (Jo) of Hudsonville, MI, children, Ellen of Fairmont, WV, Stephen (Melissa) of Suffolk, VA, Jonathan (Christine) of Emerald Isle, NC, stepchildren, Tracy Foltz of Harrisonburg, VA and Vicki Gaboury (Todd) of Fairfax, VA, 5 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons. Andy graduated from Calvin College in 1954. He received his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1956 and served many years in carrier aviation including combat flights during the Vietnam War. Prior to his military retirement, he served with the North American Air Defense Command as Director of Training. After earning a MBA Degree from Old Dominion University, he taught at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC until illness forced his retirement in 1994. Andy loved the church. After receiving a “firm foundation of faith” through the Grand Rapids Christian School system, he later in life served many years as an ordained Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church. He was active in many national, state, and local organizations and charities. During his later retirement years in Williamsburg, VA, he took up the game of golf at the age of 80. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 11 am at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, St. Olaf Catholic Church in Williamsburg, or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial Service

Saturday, August 27, 2022
11:00 AM

Williamsburg Presbyterian Church - Directions
215 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • September 23, 2023
    Judith Vroegindewey says:
    I remember Andy and his family very well years ago while worshipping with them at Oceanview Christian Reformed Church. We also were neighbors for many years while living in Virginia Beach as well. Andy was one of the nicest people you’d want to know and I send belated Christian sympathies to his family.

  • August 08, 2022
    Nena Ray says:
    Aunt Nancy, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers have been with you and the family. I had only met Andy couple of times, but he was a kind and thoughtful man. Let me know if you need anything.

  • August 06, 2022
    Deana Sun says:
    Andy, You will be greatly missed by your fellow "balcony buddies" at the 9:30 Sunday service at WPC. So glad Elliott and I were able to visit with you there not long ago.

  • August 01, 2022
    Roch and Elaine Smith says:
    Elaine and I first met Andy back in 1985 when he was putting the finishing touches on the wonderful beach house he was building in Emerald Isle. He and Carolyn soon became our good friends as we had our own house built across the street and got to know them and their three children over the next several years. Andy, a true gentleman, was invariably kind and thoughtful. We enjoyed sharing moments of pride and joy with him and Carolyn as Ellen, Steve, and John grew into adulthood with families of their own. We were also deeply saddened to learn of Carolyn’s illness and, all too soon, to join the family in mourning her loss. But we were also delighted to learn life still would hold comfort and cheer for Andy when he and Nancy married. It was a privilege to serve as their best man and matron of honor. We last saw them about year ago on one of their visits to Emerald Isle and were not really surprised to learn then that Andy had taken up golf. His was an eventful life and he lived it fully. We shall miss him.