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Andrews, Ira E

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September 4, 1940 - August 15, 2016

Andrews, Ira E
Ira Edward Andrews, Jr., age 75 of Houston, Texas passed away at Houston Methodist Hospital on 15 August 2016. 

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Ira was born on 4 September 1940 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to his parents Ira Edward, Sr. and Lenora Andrews. Ira grew up in Pine Bluff and attended Watson Chapel High School. His friends and family knew him as “Sonny”. After graduation, he enlisted in the Arkansas National Guard in 1959 then quickly transitioned to Active Duty and earned the nickname “Andy” spending nearly 21 years of dedicated service to our nation. During his time on Active Duty, Ira was a member of the prestigious Army Security Agency and held multiple assignments in the National Capital Region, West Germany, Turkey, Japan and Texas. A combat veteran, Ira proudly served two tours in Vietnam from 1967 through 1969 stationed in Hue and Phu Bai during the Tet Offensive. Following his retirement from the Army in 1980 as a Sergeant First Class, he moved to Houston and it was there that he attended the Harris County Police Academy and later finished his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Ira served once again in civilian law enforcement and dedicated over 20 years of his life to protecting the local community in which he lived.

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Ira leaves behind his first wife, Nancy Andrews, and his current wife Lisa as well as his sisters Jean Graves and Sue Devine and her husband J.L., his daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Mike Maltzahn of California and his son and daughter-in-law Lt. Col. Mark and Hillary Andrews and his four grandchildren, Faith, Emma, Jack and Max of Belgium. Ira is preceded in death by his sister Judy Cox and his second daughter, baby Natalie.

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Ira will be given full military honors and will be laid to rest on 6 September 2016 at the Houston National Cemetery (10410 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038). Please arrive no later than 11:00 and park in Lane 2 next to the Public Information Center. 

Service Information

Military Honors: A Presentation of Flag was held on 2016-09-06 at Houston National Cemetery. Graveside service with full military honors rendered by the U.S. Army.


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