Randel Scott Andrews
Nov. 5, 1954 - Aug. 1, 2017
McCOOK, Neb. — Randel Scott Andrews, age 62, of McCook, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at home.
Randy was born in McCook on Nov. 5, 1954. He was the son of Howard Don and Merlyn Joy Andrews. He was very close to his brother, Steve and sisters, Susie and Judy.
He was an Eagle Scout and a vigil scout, which was the highest honor of Order of the Arrow. He attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree and World Jamboree in Idaho.
Randy attended McCook High School and graduated in 1973. He was second attendant Homecoming Royalty, he played varsity football and was in school plays. He attended the University of Nebraska and earned a bachelor of science degree in economics. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.
Randy married Kathy Allen in 1977, and to that union, a daughter, Shannon Elizabeth, was born in 1979. Randy worked as an insurance underwriter for Philadelphia Insurance Companies until he retired in 2003 at the age of 49. To his great joy, he now had the time to become a full time runner. He returned to McCook in 2003 and married Peg Augustyn in 2005.
Randy had passion for sports and he especially loved to run. He was a runner. He ran hundreds of races all across the United States, including 100-mile races and 50-mile races. He ran about 70 marathons. He loved to bike, and he always participated in BRAN - Bike Ride Across Nebraska - with several of his dear friends. He participated in NUMBRide this summer, a Methodist bike ride that raises money to fight hunger in Nebraska.
Randy was an avid alumni of McCook, and always promoted McCook and all that his hometown had to offer. As a young man, he lived in Summerville, S.C., with his young family, and always missed McCook and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He had a very successful career as an insurance underwriter in Charleston. A few years after he returned to McCook, he became the director of the Bison Alumni Newsletter. He poured everything he had into the newsletter for seven years and was very enthusiastic about connecting McCook alumni. He knew the graduating year of almost every alumni that he came into contact with. He loved to help people organize their class reunions. Randy launched the Bison newsletter into the digital and Facebook age.
Randy was active for a time with Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association. He played the lead in "Harvey” and "God's Favorite." He also performed in "South Pacific" and "Bus Stop." Every Wednesday, he had lunch with his good friends at Loop's Brewery. He was involved in TeamMates for five years, and was a mentor to Dallas Fletcher. He was a member of the Methodist Church in McCook, and was a member of the choir for a time. He took part in several church plays for Christmas and Easter. He participated in the Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institute in 2012. He was on the YMCA Board, and was currently on the board of the KRD Credit Union.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Howard and Merlyn Andrews; and his beloved dog, Holly. Those surviving are his wife, Peg Augustyn Andrews of McCook; daughter, Shannon Pike and husband, Aaron of Layton, Utah; three grandchildren, Morgan, Paul and Elizabeth; stepson, Michael Carter and his wife, Christine of Belleville, Mich.; stepdaughter, Becky Clingman and husband, Billy, and two grandchildren, Kaelyn and Ian; Randy's brother, Steve Andrews and wife, Sue of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; niece, Stacy and nephew, Scott Andrews; sister, Susan Andrews Thomsen and husband, Lanny of Grand Island; niece, Dawn Stock and husband, Brian of Doniphan, Neb., and nephew, Braden Manolidis and his wife, Trisha of Grand Island; sister, Judy Andrews McKee and husband, Mike of Parkville, Mo., and their son, Howard; and beloved dog, Abby Bear.
Randy will be greatly missed.
If he was your friend, he was devoted to you. He loved his family, friends and neighbors.
He was a runner.
Memorials may be given in his name to be designated at a later date.
Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m., with the family greeting friends, at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Kelley officiating and Father Gary Brethour with remarks.
Friends may send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.