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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Donald “Sluggo” Andrews, 88 – Served Aboard USS Salem

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Donald W. โ€œSluggoโ€ Andrews, 88, of Pottsville passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born May 29, 1931, in Phoenix Park, he was the son of the late William C. and Margaret B. (Gwyther) Andrews.

He was a 1949 graduate of the former Branch Township High School. After high school he worked briefly at ALCOA before enlisting in the United States Navy. From 1951-1955 he served his country aboard the USS Salem as a 3rd Class gunnerโ€™s mate.

Donald was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville. He was also a member of Central Pennsylvania Teamsters Local No. 429, Humane Fire Co. No. 1.

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In 1952, he married the love of his life, Joan Felsburg Andrews, who preceded him in death in 2017.

Don worked as a truck driver for several companies including, Schuylkill Products, Felty Brick, and his last employer, Liberty Oil Co. until his retirement in 1994.

During Retirement, he volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels with his good buddy Charles โ€œChowโ€ Heffner and working at the Senior Center in Pottsville. During the summer, he enjoyed going to the JFK pool. He also enjoyed watching old westerns on TV, cross word search puzzles, and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by infant daughter, Debra Sue Andrews; brother, Russell Andrews; sister, Geraldine M. โ€œGeriโ€ Miller; and sister-in-law, Lois Walsh.

He is survived by daughter, Wendy Kline, Bethlehem; son, Donald W. Andrews, Jr husband of Donna, Pottsville; grandchildren, Alison Piripavel, Adam Kline, Jill Kline, Lindsay Andrews; great-grandchildren, Matison and Thomas Piripavel, Nathan Kline, and Londynย  Platts; son-in-law, Kenneth Kline Jr.; cousin, Shirley Truxelle.

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Funeral Services will be held 11AM on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 W. Market St., Pottsville with Pastor Chris Rothharpt officiating. Family and friends may call from 9AM until the time of the service. Interment with military honor will follow in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributes be made to National Alzheimerโ€™s Association 225 North Michigan Ave. Fl. 17 Chicago IL 60601.

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