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Col. Charles W. "Chuck" Andy, Jr. US Army (Ret)

One of my boyhood and longtime friends.
Chuck was a role model and the big brother I never had. He will be greatly missed.

Art Thomas
Charles Wilbur Andy Jr., 79, of Piqua, passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, in Philadelphia, Pa.

He was born May 24, 1931, in Piqua, to the late Charles Wilbur Andy Sr. and Ilene Stewart Andy.

Mr. Andy is survived by his wife, Delores Andy, whom he married May 24, 1983; sister, Mrs. Imogene (Andy) Jones of Trotwood; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends, including special friends of more than 65 years, Ken Thorpe of Troy and Art Thomas of Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Holman Sawyer and William Andy; sisters, Evelyn Musco and Sylvesta Andy; and his first wife, Emma (Anderson) Andy.

Col. Charles W. "Chuck" Andy Jr. (Ret.) was a person of outstanding distinction and character from his days as a youth in Piqua through his career in the military where he retired from active duty as a colonel in the United States Army.

Chuck Andy was educated in the Piqua City School District; he attended North Street Elementary and Wilder Junior High, graduating from Piqua Central High School in 1949. During his high school days he was a three-sport athlete, where he quarterbacked the football team, was a second baseman on the baseball team and a point guard for the basketball team. He was very active in all student affairs and was the senior class vice president. Outside of his school activities, Chuck was a very important part of the youth groups at Park Avenue Baptist Church and the Boy Scouts.

After graduating from Piqua High School, Chuck attended and graduated from Central State University, Wilberforce in 1953, from where he obtained a regular commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army. While a student at Central State University, Chuck again demonstrated his leadership abilities holding class offices each year and as a member on the football and baseball teams. Also, while at Central State University, Chuck became a member of his beloved Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

During his distinguished 30-year military career, Chuck served in Korea, two tours in Vietnam as a member of the elite Special Forces. He earned many honors including one for bravery under hostile enemy fire and retired as a Judge on the Military Court of Uniform Justice with the rank of full colonel.

Following his military service and his wife's retirement from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. he resided in Mt. Airy, Pa., where he again demonstrated his leadership abilities as a member of that community belonging to and serving with several civic organizations.

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