On Wednesday, December 30th at 10:07 PM the world became a darker place and Heaven exploded with celebration. Donald Andrus, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend, left this Earth after a hard fought battle with Covid.
Born Aug. 22, 1957 in Lock Haven, he was the son of Donald Andrus and Anna Meskell (Frank Meskell). Don attended Bald Eagle Nittany High School and entered the marines afterwards. He was employed by RC Bowman as a site superintendent.
On 7-14-1977 he married the love of his life Rosa Andrus. They have shared (43) wonderful years together. She was his world and he was her other half. Together they had four children: Don Andrus (Nichole) of Aaronsburg, Nashaye Fletcher (Beau) of Woolrich, Travis Andrus (Kelli) of Avis, and Chad Andrus (Brittani) of Philipsburg. He was the best grandfather in the word to 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Don was a loving brother to Anna Bathurst (Gary) Beech Creek, Pearl Gardner (Ashley) Beech Creek, Mary Laubscher (Gary Taylor) Lock Haven, Melody Bryan (Daniel) Vero Beach, Fl, Ethan Andrus (Bonnie) Vero Beach, Fl, and Larry Andrus (Juanita Bechtol) North Bend. He also had many nieces and nephews.
Don was truly one of the nicest, hardest working men you could ever wish to meet. He’s left a legacy in the construction industry. Don impacted many people he worked with, giving them someone to look up to and helping them to believe in themselves.
He was an amazing father who enjoyed talking about business ventures with his youngest son Chad. With Travis he loved spending time riding motorcycles together. Nashaye was her dads pride and joy, he was her protector and made sure she knew her worth and how proud he was of her. DJ and his father spent countless hours in the woods together hunting. They would spend lots of evenings bouncing solutions to construction issues one of them was having off of each other. He made every in law feel as if they belonged and treated them like one of his own.
Don loved spending time with his grandchildren! They made a marshmallow out of him. Whether he was making silly faces at them to get them to laugh, carrying them on his shoulders, or being their biggest cheerleader in the gym or on the field, nothing made him smile quite like they did.
But the light of his life was Rosa. They had a love that nothing could destroy. They enjoyed going to church together, doing projects around the house, going to breakfast, and spending time with their animals Tucker and Sophie.
Don was the backbone of our family. He could make the darkest days bright and without him the world is a less kind place. Until we meet again someday we will all make sure his memory lives on.
A funeral service honoring the memory of Donald J. Andrus, Jr. will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2020 at 1:30 PM in the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA with Pastor Craig Cross officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends will be received in the funeral home from 12:30 PM until time of services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Love Center in care of the funeral home.
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