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In Memory of

Stephen Smith Andrews

November 28, 1948 - September 15, 2016

Obituary


Stephen S. "Steve" Andrews passed away peacefully on September 15, 2016, from complications of a spinal cord injury. He was 67 years old.
Steve was born in Grinnell, Iowa in 1948. He attended the University of Iowa High School where he was a standout athlete, excelling in football and basketball. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1971 with degrees in political science and psychology. While in college, he was the commander of cadets in the United States Air Force ROTC program where he earned the Governor's Cup Award. He attended the University of...

Stephen S. "Steve" Andrews passed away peacefully on September 15, 2016, from complications of a spinal cord injury. He was 67 years old.
Steve was born in Grinnell, Iowa in 1948. He attended the University of Iowa High School where he was a standout athlete, excelling in football and basketball. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1971 with degrees in political science and psychology. While in college, he was the commander of cadets in the United States Air Force ROTC program where he earned the Governor's Cup Award. He attended the University of Houston for law school, graduating in 1974. He served in the United States Air Force as an assistant judge advocate before beginning a 40-year career in private practice. His commitment to detail and control in the courtroom earned him a reputation as a top-notch civil litigator. In his later years, he ventured to the other side of the bench, serving as an associate municipal judge for the City of Spring Valley.
Steve was a beloved husband to his wife Diane whom he married in 1986. He was also a cherished father, an adored older brother, and a loyal and generous friend. Throughout his life, he enjoyed vacationing in Maine, reading - especially spy novels, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Steve is survived by his wife Diane, his daughter Caitlin and son-in-law Ryan, and his daughter Bridget. He is further survived by his sisters, Catherine (Blake) of Seal Harbor, ME and Elizabeth (Ron) of Tulsa, OK, along with 10 nieces and nephews and 8 great-nieces and -nephews. He also leaves behind a large network of colleagues and friends.
A vigil will be Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc Drive, Houston, Texas 77024 with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. A memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc Drive, Houston, Texas 77024 with a reception to follow.
Donations in his memory should be made to Friends of Acadia and their mission to preserve and protect Acadia National Park in Maine. Find them at friendsofacadia.org.