Jay Andrews, 92, died Jan. 9, 2018, at home in Boise, Idaho. Jay was born July 10, 1925, in The Dalles, Ore., to Frank and Bessie Andrews. As a teenager, Jay showed an ability for golf and enjoyed the game most of his life. He graduated from The Dalles High School in 1943.
He entered the United States Army Air Force in September of that year and was stationed in England. Jay flew 32 missions with the Eighth Air Force 447 as a tail gunner on the B-17 "Blonde Bomber." After returning from World War II in March, 1945, he lived in Vancouver, Wash.
It was there that he met and married Jean Bailiff in July 1947. The couple moved to Yuma, Colo., that summer and lived there for 10 years. In that time, they were blessed with two daughters, Sharolyn Sue born July, 1948, and Peggy Lynette born November 1949.
Jay worked with his father-in-law at Yuma Gas and Equipment.
The family moved to Treasure Valley, Idaho, in 1958. Jay worked as an insurance agent with Mutual of New York and Farmers Insurance Group. He was a member of the Caldwell Elks.
During retirement, Jay made custom golf clubs. He continually played golf and especially enjoyed the game with golf buddy, Clinton Yaka.
He liked spending time at his cabin in Featherville, Idaho, where he and Jean enjoyed fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and playing cards.
Jay was a kind and loving man and although he was often quiet, he had a quick wit and good sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jean, of 60 years; daughter, Sharolyn Cox; grandson, Cameron Yaka; and six siblings.
Survivors include daughter, Peggy Andrews and Bruce Dunn; granddaughter, Melissa (Torrey) Bollinger and family; grandson, Ted James and family; son-in-law, Darrell Cox and three siblings.
Special thanks to caregiver, Shelly Jackson, the staff at Newborn Personal Care Services, and Treasure Valley Hospice.
Please honor Jay and veterans everywhere who have kept us safe and free.
A celebration of his life in Boise will be announced at a later date.
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