Larry Gene Andrews, age 78, of Watertown, died peacefully at Marquardt Health Care Center in the early hours of Monday, May 13, 2019, after being diagnosed with dementia about eight years ago.
He was born to Otto and Marie (nee Hillyer) Andrews on April 13, 1941, in Macomb, Illinois. Following graduation from Spalding High School in Peoria in 1959, Larry served two years in the U.S. Navy and four years in the Reserves.
Larry married his high school sweetheart, Geralynn Pauli, in April of 1963 at St. Cecilia's Church in Peoria. They lived in Richmond, Virginia, for five years, where he worked at Philip Morris and attended classes at the University of Virginia for two years. They later moved to Brookfield and then Watertown. Larry worked at Miller, Harnischfeger, Bishop Woods, Grace Cocoa before retiring in 2009 from Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee after working 10 years as a systems analyst.
Larry was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan since the age of 6, and also followed the Packers. He had a huge giraffe collection.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Geralynn; sons, Patrick Andrews of Fort Atkinson, Christopher Andrews of Wauwatosa, David (Jennifer) Andrews of Wauwatosa, Stephen (Shawn) Andrews of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and son-in-law Fred Wilson of Virginia Beach, Virginia; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Nick, Randy, Jessica, Ricki, Dylan, Molly, Alison; eight great-grandchildren, Hailey, Mariel, Callie, Kael, Liam, Amelia, Olivia and Sawyer.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard and his daughter Lynn Wilson.
There will be visitations held on Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home & Cremation Service and on Tuesday from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church up until the time of the Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m., with Father Patrick Wendler officiating.
Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.watertownwifuneralhome.com.
If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association in Larry's name, or to the charity of your choice.
Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home & Cremation Service
500 Welsh Road Watertown