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12/20/2016


Bradley L. Andrews, age 63 of Gaylord died Tuesday, December 20th at his home.  Brad was born on December 1, 1953 in Gaylord, MI. to Tracy V. and Barbara (Ford) Andrews.  He attended Gaylord schools graduating in 1971, and married his other half Vienna on October 18, 1975. 

Brad lived in Florida for a numbers of years, but missed Michigan and moved back here in the summer of 2016.  He was a member of the Gaylord Elks Club, and was a big nature and animal lover.  His passion for current events and political issues were prevalent to all as well as his enjoyment of golfing and fishing. He enjoyed making those around him laugh and had a gift of storytelling (even making a joke or two.) However, most of all, he adored his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years  Vienna, children; Tracie (Mark) Bourgeau of Novi, Stephanie (Frederick) Mullins of Tennessee, and Magen Sides of Florida, grandchildren; Lauren, Aiden, Ashton, Ava, Haley, Bradley, and Mary Vienna “Macie”.  He is also survived by his siblings Elsa Andrews-Schaller, Steve (Karen) Andrews, Vincent Andrews, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 from 2-4:00 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home.  A celebration of life service will follow immediately after at the Gaylord Elks Lodge. 

Memorial contributions appreciated to the family through Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


Visitation To Be Held At: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service

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From: Connie Squires
Gaylord, MI
27-Dec-16

Dear Vi, Doug and I were so sorry to hear about Brad. We have some fond memories of him at the Little League fields. He will be missed. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls during this very sad time.

From: Roy & Judy Hart
27-Dec-16

Steve & Karen, don't you remember basketball and the after-get-togethers, especially out at Toby'? That season-end afterglow was so much fun. Brad helped make those times fun-fun-fun. He always made us feel so welcome to the gang. We passed the auction last week-end on our way through town and spoke of him and our good times. What a kind man.

From: Wayne & Diane Tebo
Mt. Pleasant, Mi
27-Dec-16

Vi & Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers on this difficult day. Brad was a great guy with such a sense of humor. He was taken too soon and will surely be missed. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

From: Chris Amborski
Gaylord , Mi.
26-Dec-16

So sorry to hear of Brads passing, my thoughts & prayers go out to your & your family.

From: Randy Drzewiecki
26-Dec-16

I am saddened and shocked about the loss of a dear friend, I've always thought the world of Brad, Vi, and the girls and know your faith will keep you strong. Also, Elsa, Binny and Steve, know your all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I wish that I could be with you tomorrow, but I have an out of town commitment that I couldn't avert, but be assured that I'll be thinking about all of you tomorrow and always.

From: Sharon Regan-Brown
Gaylord, Michigan
24-Dec-16

Vienna and girls, This is so shocking and I am SO SORRY. I have been "re-living" the memories of our "old" friendship. It started before the kids were all born! There are so many of them--I can hear Brad's voice and comments. He could always make me laugh. One memory I have to share was the year we put the kids into 4-H and the fair. I had worked all summer to raise a beautiful duck--determined the kids would get a blue ribbon. The opening day of the fair Brad went and caught one of the fat ducks you were feeding on Otsego Lake and took it in and registered it. He LOVED it when he got the Grand Champion Blue Ribbon and we came in second. We laughed and laughed. I still laugh every time I go to the fair--and tell the story. He was FUNNY. He was a good husband and dad. He would help if you asked for help. He loved all of you SO MUCH. I am thinking of all of you especially on Tuesday.

From: Mike, Mitch & Lloyd james
cheboygan, Michigan
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24-Dec-16

So sorry to here this. So many memories for so many years. Our thoughts and prayer's are with all your family and loved ones.

From: Mike Sheridan
2683 N. Garner Rd. Fairgrove, Mi. 48733
24-Dec-16

" A legend has gone to Heaven " My deepest sympathy to Vi, Tracie, Stephanie, and Megan and your entire family. I cannot even comprehend the hole that this has left in your family to lose such a great man but just thank God and cherish the memories that you were able to have with " Sir Bradley " for all these years.

From: Billy Borst
St.Ignace, MI
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24-Dec-16

Dear Vi and Family I am truly heart broken to hear of Brad's passing. He was a true friend and great person. He made our world a better place and always had away of picking a person up with his sense of humor and compassion. You all are in my prayers at this time of mourning God Bless You All Billy

From: Helen & Don Crandall
Tucson, AZ
23-Dec-16

So sorry to hear about Brad's death. He always brought a smile to his classmates and was a great Senior Class President. He was a kind, gentle person. We are sorry about your loss.

From: Susan and John Walters
Vanderbilt, Mi
23-Dec-16

Vi and girls, we will miss his witty, fast sense of humor and his mile wide grin. We will think of him each time we step in to the Pigeon River he so loved.

From: Ed & Kathi Heath
Gaylord, MI
23-Dec-16

Dear Andrews Family So very sorry for your loss. Brad was a great guy and will be sorely missed by all. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed, Kathi, Matthew, & Rachel Heath

From: Darlene Andrews Bentley
Thornton, CO
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23-Dec-16

Dear Andrews Family, Can not tell you how shocked I was when Laura Grace called to tell me. You all are in my thoughts. Dar

From: Keith & Pat Reid
Sebring, FL
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23-Dec-16

We are deeply sadden by the sudden loss of our long time good friend Brad. Our sons now in their 50's worked for him at his ice cream shop. He will be missed by many friends. Our hearts go out to Vi, daughters and the rest of his family and pray for strength during these difficult days ahead. He's no longer in pain and resting in peace.

From: Yvette Chewning
Fredericksburg, Va
22-Dec-16

Vienna and family, Please know we were so, so sad to hear about Brad. Vienna, I Love you and if there is anything I can do for you, you know I will do my best. Mom loved you and Brad so much. She was upset that she didn't get to see you before you moved. Her heart would be broken for you, as mine is. Keep all your precious memories close to your heart ( that's what I've been trying to do ) I Love you my friend! Brad will be in my prayers????

From: Sallie Tolar
22-Dec-16

I know there are no words that will comfort right now but I want you to know my heart and prayers are with you.

From: Tiffany Davis
Bradenton , Fl
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22-Dec-16

Although we didn't always agree on things, I loved my Uncle Brad. He was a good man. I especially feel saddened and heartbroken for my Aunt Vienna, as she was his rock and he was hers. I am so sorry for your loss Aunt Vi and I will always love you and be here for you. To my cousins , Tracie, Stephanie and Magen, I love all three of you very much and my heart also breaks for each one of you. I know how very much you loved your Dad. I know losing mine still hurts after 19 years. I do know what it is like to lose your Dad. To Aunt Elsa, Uncle Steve and Uncle Binny I am so sorry. We love you all and will remember all the fun times we had growing up with him. A very sad, sorrowful time for us as well??Much love always, Tiffany