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Fred "Fritz" Andrews

Mar 6, 1932 - Jan 7, 2018
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 Fred H. “Fritz” Andrews

“…to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 
2nd Corinthians 5:8
 
Fritz was born on March 6, 1932 in Gaylord, Kansas to Fred J. & Velma E. Andrews and died on January 7, 2018 at home in Anacortes, Washington. 
The family moved to Colorado while Fritz was very young where they lived in several small towns until settling in Loveland, Colorado where he attended both junior and senior high. Fritz lettered in both basketball and football and played American Legion baseball. He was active in student government, reported sports for the high school newspaper and was active in Boy Scouts for several years. He played baritone horn and twice earned the highest rating awarded to a soloist at the Colorado state music festivals. 
 
The family moved to Yakima in 1949 and Fritz attended Yakima High School his senior year. He acted in dramatic productions, played in the YMCA Church basketball league and graduated in 1950. 
 
He attended Yakima Valley College for two years where he was active in student government, reported for the school newspaper, played in the pep band, was a cheerleader and played leading roles in several productions of the Playmasters drama group. Fritz graduated with an A.A.B degree in 1952.
 
On June 27, 1953 Fritz married Marilu (Hollingbery) in Yakima. They shared more than 62 loving years together prior to Marilu’s death in 2016.
 
Fritz entered Gonzaga Law School in the fall of 1953. He worked full-time while attending classes at night. After graduating in 1957, he and Marilu returned to Yakima where he entered private practice. On January 1, 1962, Fritz was appointed Yakima City Attorney. For the next 25 years, Fritz served in that capacity and was a member of both the State Bar Association and the Yakima County Bar Association serving as President of the Yakima County Bar Association in 1981-82. Fritz was regarded highly by his peers and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys and as President of that association in 1966-67. He served two terms as the Washington State Representative to the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers; was appointed by Gov. Spellman to the Board on Prosecuting Training Standards and Education for the State and served as Chairman of the Statewide Advisory Committee on the drafting of the Optimal Municipal Code. Fritz wrote and presented several papers on various topics of municipal law and prevailed in several precedent setting lawsuits in the Washington Sate Court of Appeals & Supreme Court. 
 
Following retirement from the City of Yakima in 1987 Fritz began his “second-career” as a staff member of the First Presbyterian Church in Yakima. He served as Pastor’s Assistant and engaged in the ministries of small groups, Men’s Ministries and Adult Education. He was an ordained Elder and served as Clerk of the Session. Fritz was elected Moderator of the Central Washington Presbytery in 1997 and Moderator of the Presbytery Council in 1998. His sharp, detail oriented mind served him well in both his municipal career and in his ministerial career. Fritz was a dignified yet personable man as well as a mentor and father figure to many.  
 
Fritz was a member of both the Yakima Rotary Club and the YMCA since 1960 and served on the Board of Directors for both organizations. At the YMCA he played AAU Volleyball for several years. Fritz enjoyed backpacking and made several trips to Yosemite National Park and summited both Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier. He also enjoyed sailing, especially with Marilu, and voyaged the San Juan’s several times. Fritz was an avid reader especially of Christian Theology. He and Marilu enjoyed relaxing together at their cabin on Rimrock Lake. 
 
Fritz was preceded in death by his parents, Fred J. and Velma E. Andrews, his wife Marilu, his sister Joyce (Malakoff), nephew Brad Malakoff and niece Chris Hollingbery. 
 
He is lovingly survived by his brother, Don Andrews, sister, Verlene (Wilson), his sons; Barry (Pauline) and Doug (Sheila), granddaughter, Ashley (Jacob) Snoddy, grandsons; Lucas and Colton and great-granddaughters; Evelyn, Nora, Marilu, Ottillie. Fritz is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
 
Fritz was a man of integrity, generosity and wisdom. He supported his family in all possible ways and was admired by many. 
 
He had an unyielding faith and truly looked forward to his eternal life with the Lord in Heaven. 
 
A Celebration of His Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at Yakima Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church, 9 S. 8th Ave.  In lieu of flowers, Fritz would be pleased to have donations go to the Union Gospel Mission.  
 

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Feb 3, 2018:1:00 pm

Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church

9 S 8th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902

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