John Andreas Sr. was born January 22, 1929 in Bishop, California. John passed away March 6, 2016 in his home in Bishop, California surrounded by his family. He was one of eight children born to William Andreas and Esther Collins Andreas. With John’s passing, the Andreas family says goodbye to a generation, as John is preceded in death by his parents and all seven of his siblings including his brothers Harry Andreas Sr., Robert Andreas, Richard Andreas, Clarence “Jefty” Andreas, and Dan Andreas, and his sisters Virginia Davis and Mary Manriquez.
John served for a short time in the U.S. Marine Corp, but thereafter served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic in the Korean War. He was a proud lifetime member of the V.F.W. Upon honorable discharge, John returned home to Bishop and met his wife Felicia Stone Andreas of Big Pine. The couple had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together the couple raised four wonderful children.
John loved to go fishing and hunting with family and friends in the Owens Valley, and was known to be very competitive to shoot the biggest buck of the season. He continued this tradition until his legs would no longer take him there. He then enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren continue his tradition and bring home their fish, bucks, and other upland game.
In John’s younger years he worked at Bishop Sawmill, Union Carbide Corporation, and was a ranch hand herding cattle around the Owens Valley, to name a few. Having done bronc riding in his younger days, John enjoyed watching local rodeos with his wife. John also loved playing guitar and singing with friends and family.
John was known for his yearly garden full of tomatoes, squash, watermelon, corn, and strawberries which were enjoyed by friends and family. It was a favorite task for his grandchildren to be able to pick and eat the strawberries.
As John grew older he enjoyed spending time with his family watching his grandsons play football or baseball, at family barbecues and holidays, and spending quality time with them.
John is survived by his wife, Felicia Stone Andreas; sons, John Andreas Jr., Charlie Andreas; son and daughter-in-law Dominic and Darlene Andreas; daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Darryl Tucker; grandchildren Jimi Andreas, Jasmine Andreas, Dominic “Brian” Andreas, Dominic “DJ” Andreas, Alisha Andreas, Anthony Tucker, Nik Tucker, and Ty Tucker; great-grandchildren Mary Andreas, Tiarney Andreas, Shelly Andreas, Natalie Andreas, Uriah Benally, Edan Andreas, Tyler Andreas, Peyton Andreas, Joaquin Hernandez, Braylon Andreas, Rayen Andreas, Alyssa Andreas, Sierra Andreas, Kendra Andreas and Thomas Gustie IV.
Funeral Services will be held at the Barlow Gym Saturday March 12, 2016 at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Sunland Cemetery and Pot Luck will be held after services at the Barlow Gym.