Tombstone Tuesday–Richard Carl Andrews

Richard Carl Andrews, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Richard Carl Andrews, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Richard Carl
May 1931-Jan 1939

Richard Carl Andrews was born at home in Elkhart, Indiana, on 16 May 1931, the son of Victor Earl Jr (1906-1977) and Beatrice Alice (1908-1977) (Esterline) Andrews. The family resided at 1240 Johnson Street in Elkhart and Richard’s father was a dairy truck driver. His mother was a housewife and this was the second child born to the parents. Richard’s father was born in Liberty Township and his mother was born in Pioneer, Ohio. [1]

Richard died in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 29 January 1939 of lobar pneumonia. He was 7 years, 8 months, and 13 days old. [2] Zion’s records indicate that he also had an enlarged liver, pneumonia, and heart trouble. The family was living at RR #1 Rockford at the time of Richard’s death.

Richard was buried on 1 February. Ketcham’s was in charge of the arrangements and Egger was in charge of the embalming. Richard was survived by his parents, a brother, 3 grandparents, and 4 great-grandparents.

Richard’s brother was Victor Earl Andrews Jr (1928-2015) and a third child, Roger Paul Andrews, was eventually born to the Victor Sr and Beatrice Alice.

The surname Andrews was originally spelled Andres in Zion Chatt’s early records. According to the church records Richard’s father Victor Earl Sr was confirmed at Zion Chatt in 1921 but had been baptized at St. Paul Lutheran, Liberty Township. Richard’s father Victor Earl Jr was baptized at Zion Chatt in 1942.


[1] Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Indiana State Board of Health, Vol. 36-40, cert no. 19504, Richard Carl Andrews, 16 May 1931;; microfilm, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[2] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images,, Richard Carl Andrews, 29 Jan 1939; Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, reference no. 6913; FHL microfilm 3023676.

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