Thomas Andress


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Posted Online: April 24, 2013, 6:06 pm
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Thomas P. Andress, 67, of Rapids City, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 29, at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Those wishing to attend will need to meet at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, 202 N. Main, Port Byron, at 9:45 a.m. for the procession to the cemetery.
Tom was born April 3, 1946, in Moline, the son of Percy and Madeline Seys Andress. He graduated from United Township High School. Tom married Marvella Frels on July 11, 1982, in Clinton, Iowa.
He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of Moline American Legion Post No. 246. He was a sheet metal worker with Union Local No. 91 in Rock Island. Tom enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening.
Survivors include his parents, Percy and Madeline Andress, Silvis; wife, Marvella Andress, Rapids City; children (and their spouses), Thomas (Leigh) Andress, Moline, Robert (Kathie) Andress, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sheri Martin, Rapids City; siblings, Marie, Donald, Barbara, Gary and Rita; and grandchildren, Zach, Kiera, Madison and Jaiden Andress and Nick and Brandon Martin.
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