Robert L. Andorfer

September 28, 1921 ‒ March 28, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Robert L. Andorfer, age 94, of Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, died Monday, March 28, 2016 at his residence. He was born on September 28, 1921 in Lancaster, Ohio the son of James and Margaret (Miller) Andorfer. He graduated from St. Vincent DePaul High School in 1940 and spent seven years as a medical administrative officer in both World War II and the Korean War. After returning to Mount Vernon, he became a stock broker for numerous investment firms, most recently Stifel-Nicolaus.

He was secretary-treasurer of the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce first vice president and treasurer and served on the boards of Mercy Hospital, Knox Community Hospital, Kenyon Festival Theater and was board member and treasurer of both Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA. He was a two-time president of the Community Fund Board and fund drive chairman and served as vice president and fund drive chairman for the Easter Seal Society. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Elks #140, American Legion, Old Homestead Club, Kenyon College Parents Advisory Committee and a faithful member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Grand Knight and district deputy of the Knights of Columbus, as well as member and past president of the Mount Vernon Country Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Sophia (Benko) Andorfer; three sons, Gregory (Joan) Andorfer of Grantsville, Maryland, Jay (Amy) Andorfer of Durham, North Carolina and Michael (Nanette Black) Andorfer of Mount Vernon; four grandchildren, Alexandra Andorfer, Taylor Andorfer, Kaitlin (Nate) Sockman and Max Andorfer; and sister, Mary Ann Erickson of Mequon, Wisconsin.
Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by grandson Gregory Andorfer and a brother, William Andorfer.

Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home where a Rosary will begin at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Homer Blubaugh as celebrant. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Ronda Hathaway for her years of loving and compassionate care.

Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Robert L. Andorfer.

  • What s guy! So fun to be around. It is easy to see where his children got their sense of humor and appreciation for so many things. Our condolences to all the families.
    Dave and Lisa Seitz

  • Sorry for your loss. Lots of good memories over the years. Thoughts prayers and hugs.

    Lori Slaughter Kennedy and family

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of the family….. May he rest in peace.

    Peace – Love – Joy!
    Ed and Fran Schlairet

  • We have many fond memories of all the fun times the Humphreys’ family shared with the Andorfers. It seems like it was only yesterday… Blessings and love to you all during this difficult time and always.

  • Mike and Nan,
    Wishing you peace during this sad time. Cherish your wonderful memories.

  • Mike. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Rosemary Crunkilton Helmick

  • The Fosnaughts are feeling your loss. We have many fond memories of our cherished friendship. Sympathy and prayers to you all.

  • Mike,your dad was a great person. I have great memories of him always smiling. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Skip&Peggy

  • May he rest in peace in a better place. God Bless and comfort his surviving family and friends in this great loss.

    Bob was my basketball coach, my roll model growing up, a fellow “cutter”, a veteran brother, my inspiration in becoming a Brother Knight of the 4th Degree and a friend. I never saw him without a smile on his face and always with a kind word on his lips. Gisela and I looked forward to a visit with him & Sophia when returning to MTV. Our prayers are with them and all who know and love “BOB”.

    Jim & Gisela Laurent,
    Englewood, FL

  • Mike and Nan,
    My thoughts are with you both at this time. So difficult to lose someone you love.
    Cherish all the memories.

  • There are so many great memories with the Andorfers for us to look back on and smile about. Our memories become treasures to keep. We will be out of town but know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Chris and Dick

  • To the entire Andorfer family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Uncle Bob was such a wonderful man who knew how to live life to the fullest. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May you cherish all the years you had with him and may all your wonderful memories give you comfort in your loss.

  • On my office wall is framed a certificate of ownership in a Waddell & Reed mutual fund which was sold by Bob to my Dad, Bob Hall, on May 6, 1957. Thanks to that sale, I knew of Waddell & Reed and the securities industry. When I left the Air Force in 1985, I went to Waddell & Reed to begin my financial career. Today I continue that career with Waddell. I’m very sorry that I never thought to call and thank you. You brought to my family a 30-year career that supported four kids and six grandchildren. I know there’s a multitude of such stories because of you, probably all over the world. No doubt you now know the fruits of all your efforts. Thank you!

    Tom Hall
    Austin, TX

  • Greg, Jay and Mike – I was your babysitter many many years ago. Your father (and mother) were such nice people that I never forgot them. Coming to your house was FUN and I always enjoyed the job. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. We’ve lost a great generation of men who helped make Mt. Vernon a wonderful place in which to live. I sincerely am sorry for your loss.

    Sally Tanner (George Tanner’s daughter)

  • To Jay & Mike & Nan & the whole family, Bob was a rare dude. He never knew a stranger. You could always count on his warm smile. And good times were abundant when he & “Bennie” were around. No wonder Jay & Mike are such upbeat good people. My condolences to Bob’s family and so many friends.

  • Sophia, Greg, Jay and Mike –

    We were so sorry to hear about Bob. So many fond memories. Keep a hold of those. He will live forever in your hearts. You have lots of family and friends that surround you. Lean on them/us.

    Peace and Love,
    Michael and Laura Abell

  • To the best most wonderful family, I am so happy to say I was part of a family who loved deeply ( Bob shed plenty of happy tears ) enjoyed life to the fullest, and shared their home and hearts with a lot of people who they called friends and family! What a blessing it was to be a part of it all! Will fondly remember the great times we shared! My Dad has his Buckeye buddy with him now and in honor of them , GO BUCKS! He was the best! I love all of you so very much. Andy

  • So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Bob and Judi Arnholt Curtis

  • Our deepest sympathy to you and yours. We were so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. I’m so sorry to have missed your celebration of his life last night and this morning.
    We were delighted to have been able to see Bob around Christmas and have the girls bring a smile to his face with their singing. He always blessed me so much through our visits.
    God bless you all!
    Jonathan, DeAnn, Jadie, Gabbie & Kinley Meade





  • Dear friends and family,
    Please accept my condolences for your loss. Bob was a fine member of the Mount Vernon community. Peace and strength be with you.
    Joyce Skocic

  • To the Andorfer family

    I have many fond memories of your parents spent on a group trip to France in 2001 along with my late husband. That’s the first time I really became acquainted with them and enjoyed seeing them over the years. You have my sympathy.

    Carol Navin