Howard Raymond “Ray” Andrews Jr.

April 09, 1930 ‒ March 25, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

Howard Raymond “Ray” Andrews Jr., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Willow Brook at Delaware Run surrounded by those whom he loved.

Born on April 9, 1930 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Howard and Juanita (Armstrong) Andrews. A proud Eagle Scout at age 14, he followed the Scout Oath throughout his life; with duty to God, country, and family. He served his country as a member of the United States Army in Taegu, Korea where he was in charge of the photo lab earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

He was raised in Logan, West Virginia and graduated from Brilliant, OH High School where he learned to play the clarinet and continued to play as a member of the All Ohio Band. He played clarinet while attending Ohio University and West Virginia University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his Law degree from West Virginia University in 1956. He was President of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity while at West Virginia University and also received the Mountain academic honors.

In 1952, he married his beloved wife of 62 years Alice (Roush) Andrews. He practiced law from 1956 – 1998 and helped shape Charleston, WV by serving on the Municipal Planning Committee in 1978. He was currently on the Board of Trustees for the VanAndel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was a 50 year member of the Bar Association.

Ray moved to Delaware in 2009 and was a member of the William Street United Methodist Church.

Ray was an avid and award winning photographer loving all aspects of photography and built his own darkrooms to develop the film. He used this art to benefit his family by creating unique Christmas cards each year, and documenting vacations in Europe, projects in his home and work as a lawyer. He enjoyed sailing his own boat on Lake Michigan and fishing in Canada with his father. He also piloted his own Cessna airplane to facilitate working in five states for Columbia Gas.

Following his love of classical music, Ray served on the board of directors for two symphonies in Charleston, WV and then, Grand Rapids, MI after moving there to work as the in-house attorney for the Amway Corporation.

In addition to his wife Alice, he is also survived by a sister-in-law Dorothy Roush, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved sons John Howard in 1980 and Thomas Chester in 2001.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Monday March 30 at 2:00 pm at the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William Street, Delaware, OH 43015, where a reception will follow and military honors will be provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services. Ray’s final resting place will be at a later date on the banks of the Ohio River in Kirkland Memorial Gardens in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ray’s memory may be made to the Charleston, WV Symphony, Grand Rapids, MI Symphony or The Central Ohio Symphony.

Condolences may be expressed to the family and memories may be shared by visiting

  • Dear Alice,
    I am so sorry to see that your dear husband Ray has passed away.
    I will keep you both in my prayers. Every time I pass your house,
    you pop into my mind!
    Thinking of you,
    Ginny Weddell

  • To Mrs Alice Andrews, and the Family;
    Sorry for your loss. I want to share with you a comforting promise from God that he has given us at John 5:28,29 it gives us hope in seeing our loved ones again, God feels the pain we go through so he wants us to be happy, and it wasn’t Gods purpose for us to experience death so he is going to fix that problem soon.

  • Alice Ann–We just heard from Anna Lou that Ray passed away and want you to know that we are thinking of you and of our families’ long-standing connections and of what a fine fellow Ray was. He truly made a contribution to the lives and welfare of others, both personally and professionally. Many of us will miss him and share your loss. God Bless you and give you strength. Love, Bert and Audra

  • It was a privilege to know both of you as warm, embracing friends. Our deepest sympathy, Alice

  • Sincere condolences to Ray’s family and close friends. We worked for United Fuel Gas Company in Charleston WV during some of the same years (1960-1973) as Ray. I remember him well, intelligent, talented, quick wit and man-on-mission quick walk. We salute him for his service in all the right stuff. May he now rest in peace knowing he took care of his family, his career, his church and community.

  • Alice Ann,

    The Staff, Board and Foundation Members are very sorry to hear of the passing of Ray who was one of our members. We appreciate so much all you and Ray have done for the museum throughout the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jack Fowler
    Ruth Fout
    Martha Fout
    Foundation Board & Members

  • Dear Alice, Peace to soothe you, grace to hold you, love to comfort you. Thinking of you at this time with sympathy.
    Your Trinity friends,
    Bernie and Shirley Campbell

  • Alice,
    Bruce and I wish we could be with you. We loved Ray and the special times we had visiting with you over the years. It is with great sadness that we mourn his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    All our love,
    Bruce and Nancy

  • Even when the inevitable occurs, dear Alice, it’s not a bit easier. It was a privilege to know and work with Ray. No one will forget his wit. “It was nice of you to see me this morning” is one I’ll not forget. You and Ray bore more than your share of family loss. I’m glad you both were able to return to family roots, although we missed you here. I’ll be with you in spirit. ––Noel

  • Dear Alice and family:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve and mourn for your loved one, Ray Andrews. What wonderful memories I have of him and Alice when they were at Trinity United Methodist church here in Grand Rapids! Truly they were ” servants of God”. May God bring peace and comfort to your hearts. Lovingly Esther Van Hammen and family

  • Dear Alice,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was an amazing man. I will alway be grateful for how he took me under his wing when I started with Amway. He had such love for life and interest in so many things. He was always kind, and looked for the best in people. For me, Ray will always be the consummate definition of a gentleman. It is wonderful that he had so many years to enjoy this life. But I can only imagine how much you will miss him until you meet again in the next.

    Kim Mitchell

  • Dear Alice:
    Time passes so quickly that it seems just a few years ago that you two were happily here in Grand Rapids. The friendship we have shared has always given us special memories. In particular his service on the Board of the Symphony where he diligently kept the records and updated the history was and is of great service. He was a kind, thoughtful loving friend. I hope that you are in good health. love, Wally

  • Dear Alice and family- I was a colleague of Ray’s in the Amway Legal Dept. back in the late 80’s to the mid 90’s. Ray was a great guy who always had a positive outlook and upbeat attitude. He was thoughtful and funny and always good to work with; he never had a mean or unkind word for anybody. He even took me and my wife sailing on Lake Michigan. You have my deepest condolences; I hope that you draw a small measure of relief knowing that I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. With deepest sympathy, Mike Callahan.

  • Dear Alice and Family. So sorry to learn of Ray’s passing and for your loss. I worked with Ray years ago while at Amway’s Legal Dept. He was always so kind hearted and always went out of his way to make new people feel welcome. Have fond memories of sail boat outings.
    With sympathy,
    Cindy Chapman

  • Alice, I have such fond memories of working with Ray when he was with Amway, and continuing our friendship thereafter. He was a wonderful man. He was faithful to the Methodist tradition of heart felt service to others and to his community. It is comforting to know that in our own good time, we will reunite with Ray come out when there will be no more sickness, no more sorrow, and all tears will be wiped away. Please accept our condolences and prayers for your comfort and that of your family.

  • Ray was a terrific brother in Christ, friend, colleague, and attorney! Ray’s wit was joyful and uplifting; his creativity (particularly as expressed through is photography) was inspirational; and, his humanity was humbling. Our prayers and condolences go out to Alice and to all who were blessed to know Ray. Ray will be dearly missed.

  • Alice,
    Praying for you and I know God will comfort you in your time of need. Please call me when things have settled down.

    Elsie Anne

  • Dear Alice,
    We were so deeply saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. We continue to think of you very often with great fondness and affection. You have both been such wonderful friends, mentors and inspirations through the years here in Grand Rapids. You will be close in our thoughts and prayers, and in our hearts, in the days to come. With loving thoughts and heartfelt condolences, Gail and Jim Fahner

  • We were so sorry to hear of you loss. We hold our memories of Ray in our hearts. I will forever treasure our time in Rome, Christmases together and Jeff and I still are amazed at how he could clean a plate! The girls still talk of our trip to visit Uncle Ray. What victory and assurance we have in Christ’s victory over death! Love to you Alice!