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Andrew Voelmeck, 87, Ottawa, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa. The family plans to meet with friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Eureka, Kan., the son of Frank Voelmeck and Francis (Heusner) Voelmeck. He was one of five children.

He grew up on a small farm outside of Eureka, raising cows, chickens and always had a garden.

Andy attended school in Eureka through the eighth grade. When his father became sick, he had to quit school and help support he family.

Andy’s first full-time job, in 1940, was working for a laundry/dry cleaners for 15 cents an hour. Then he began working as a station helper for the Santa Fe Railroad in 1944 at Eureka. It was the beginning of a 44-year career with Santa Fe Railroad. He worked at the station until 1957 when he moved to the Ottawa station to work on the freight dock. He then moved to the Lawrence station in 1960, and for the next few years worked many positions at Lawrence and Emporia. He worked as a station agent until 1985 when the Lawrence station was closed. He then drove to the Olathe station until he retired in 1988.  

Andy also moonlighted selling advertising merchandise.

Andy spent a number of years actively working as an Assistant Scout Master in Ottawa. He helped organize the paper drive that became a yearly event. He was also involved in Jaycees and Ottawa Lions Club. He recently received the lifetime achievement award from the Ottawa Lions Club.

Andy also loved to travel with his wife all over the world, but his favorite trip they were able to take was to Hawaii.

Andy was united in marriage with Elsie Poe June 7, 1957, at the First Baptist Church in Eureka. Elsie preceded Andy in death in 2001.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Betty Johnson and Helen Voelmeck.

Survivors include a son, Wayne Voelmeck and his wife, Glenda, Avondale, Penn.; a daughter, Nancy Bristow, Ottawa; four grandchildren, Jenny Peterson and her husband, Elisha, Ellicott City, Md., Galen Bristow and his wife, Chelse, Ottawa, Sarah McCurdy and her husband, Justin, Ottawa, Melissa Ewbank and her husband, Bobby, Ottawa; eight grandchildren, Micah Peterson, Asher Peterson, Lane Bristow, Brooklyn Bristow, Jillian McCurdy, Addison McCurdy, Emy McCurdy and Hunter Ewbank; one brother, John Voelmeck and his wife, Carolyn, Clinton, Mo.; one sister, Margaret Gee and her husband, Kenneth, Eureka, Kan.; and one nephew, Leroy Johnson, Louisburg, Kan.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Ottawa Lions Club or the Old Depot Museum through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa KS 66067.

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