Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 17, 2013

Richard Lynn Andrews


SUTTONS BAY — Richard L. Andrews, 62, of Suttons Bay, died at his home on Jan. 15, 2013, due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was born on Nov. 7, 1950, in Lansing, to late Henry and Doris (Gingway) Andrews.

He graduated from Escanaba Area High School and from Michigan State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration.

On Oct. 13, 1997, Richard married Kathleen Marie Harris in Las Vegas.

He lived and worked in Lansing for many years, including work during the Governor William Milliken administration for the Michigan Commission on Indian Affairs. As an independent voter he was able to work with all Michigan Legislators to get the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Bill approved. He lived in Suttons Bay and worked at the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in various capacities and the GTB/EDC as the chief financial officer until retiring in April 2012.

Rick was a proud member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and worked tirelessly to help make the tribe a success.

Survivors include wife, Kathleen; son, Michael; daughter, Sarah; nieces, Amy, of Saginaw, and Emily, of Lansing; special cousins, Christine Gilmore, Michael Reed, of Mears, and Beverly Clay, of Fort Worth, Texas; special friends, Dave and Sharon Brown, of Mesick; and several other family members and friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, Henry Andrews; mother, Doris (Gingway) Andrews; and brother, Ronald Jon Andrews.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Cherryland VFW Post #2780 on Veterans Drive in Traverse City. Cremation has taken place.

Burial will be at the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at a later date.

A special thank you is extended to our family, friends and the VFW for their help and support in making this a memorable day for everyone.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Cherryland VFW Post #2780.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.