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Dr. Edward Patrick Andries, 95, of Aberdeen, SD passed away April 18, 2018. Dr. Andries, also known as Ed, Eddie, Doc, Dad and Grandpa, was born in Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada on September 24, 1922. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Muriel McGuirk Andries. Those who knew Ed will remember him for his strong values, devotion to family, and zest for life.
Ed was the son of Dr. Albert and Nellie Andries. As a high school student in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, he played saxophone, and excelled in baseball, track and hockey. Ed graduated from veterinary school in 1948 from the University of Guelph Ontario following a poignant interruption in his education to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. It was during his flight training in Winnipeg that he met and fell in love with Muriel McGuirk. Following the war, he returned to Guelph to complete his education. After graduation, Ed and Muriel married and emigrated to the US. Ed joined a veterinary practice and they made their home in Aberdeen. Together, Ed and Muriel raised six children. His devotion to his family was evident in all he did. His role as a father was guided by his steadfast faith and was marked by optimism, humility, and, above all, a sense of humor. Ed was a cherished member of the Aberdeen community. He led an active lifestyle thanks to his love of golf, hockey, hunting and fishing. As a veterinarian, Ed was closely connected to the farm community and was deeply respected by those with whom he worked.
Blessed to have shared Ed’s life are his wife Muriel, his children: Barbara (Paul) Ching of Dallas, TX, Pat Howell, Monona, WI, Peggy (Steve) Atwood, Alexandria, MN, Nancy (James) Cullen, Independence, MN, Jean Andries, Lakeville, MN and James (Wendy) Andries, Dallas, TX; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy (Jack) Peterson, Regina, Saskatchewan. He was preceded in death by his brother Father Norman Andries, and son-in-law Brian Howell.
Ed’s family expresses deep gratitude to the people in Aberdeen who shared their friendship and offered wonderful care and kindnesses. They wish to extend a special thanks to his caregivers, Julie Streitz and the staff at the Apple Valley Villa.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 3rd Ave SE, Aberdeen, and with Father Mark Lichter as celebrant. A luncheon and time of fellowship immediately follows Mass at the church fellowship hall. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Services are coordinated by Schriver's Memorial Mortuary & Crematory, Aberdeen, SD.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Aberdeen Catholic Foundation/Roncalli Teacher Endowment, 202 South Main St., Suite 314, Aberdeen, SD 57401 and Northern South Dakota Chapter #77 of Pheasants Forever, PO Box 933, Aberdeen, SD 57402-0933. Messages may be sent to Mrs. Muriel Andries, 14610 Garrett Avenue, Apartment 402, Apple Valley, MN 55124.
Aberdeen Catholic Foundation-Roncalli Student Tuition Assistance Fund
202 S. Main St. Suite 314, Aberdeen SD 57401
Northern South Dakota Chapter #77 of Pheasants Forever
PO Box 933, Aberdeen SD 57402-0933