Howard Raymond “Ray” Andrews Jr.
April 09, 1930 ‒ March 25, 2015
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 www.snyderfuneralhomes.com