News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 10, 2014

Richard Andrews


TERRE HAUTE — A celebration of life of Richard Andrews, 70, of Longview, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Greggton United Methodist Church, Longview, with a visitation the hour prior. Mr. Andrews lost a seven-year battle with cancer on Sunday.  He was active in the manufacturing industry and the local community.

Richard was born in Olney, Ill., in 1944, to Benjamin and Jane Andrews, and was raised in Vincennes, Ind. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University and studied for an MBA degree from Butler University. He worked in industry in Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas for 41 years.  He and his wife moved to Longview in 1996 to join Stemco, where he became president and remained until retiring in 2007. Also, he was division president of EnPro Industries, Inc., Charlotte, N.C., the parent corporation of Stemco. He was active in many associations of the heavy duty truck industry. In 2012 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Heavy Duty Truck Industry, and in 2013 he was selected as distinguished alumni for Vincennes, Lincoln High School. Locally he served on the board of directors of Longview Economic Development Corporation for five years and was board president for two years; also he served on the Longview Chamber of Commerce for three years. He was a member of Greggton United Methodist Church, Welmaker JOY Class and Pinecrest Country Club. His hobbies included golf and physical fitness, in addition to remaining active in business as a management consultant and board member of several corporations.

Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nancy Andrews; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Jason DeWitt of Westfield, Ind., and grandchildren, Grant, Olivia, Rachel, and Natalie; son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Irma Andrews of Whitestown, and grandchild, Sophia; brother, Raymond Andrews and family of Pittsboro, N.C.; sister, Linda Andrews of Terre Haute; brother, Jeff Andrews of Terre Haute; brother, Patrick Andrews of Vincennes; and brother, Dan Andrews of Somerset, Ky.; stepsons, Scott Thomas and family of Richmond, Va., and Brett Thomas and family of Roanoke, Va.; aunt and uncle, Karen Sue and Joe Clow of Olney, Ill.; and aunt, Mary Ellen Smith of Olney.  He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Andrews; his mother, Jane Andrews; and brothers, Mike Andrews and Mark Andrews.

The family would like to express special appreciation to Dr. Lewis Duncan, oncologist, nurses and staff of Texas Oncology, Longview Cancer Center and Baylor University Medical Center, in Dallas.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greggton United Methodist Church, or the Longview Cancer Center, where he received care for many years, in Richard’s name.

A memorial guest book may be signed online at: