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Andrew James Findley

July 14, 1970 - July 7, 2020

Andrew James FindleyMuch loved son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend ...Andrew James Findley peacefully passed away unexpectedly on July 7, 2020 in Salem, Oregon.  His family name was Andy, though most people outside of family new him as Andrew.  Andy was born on July 14, 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He started school at Walker Elementary in Florissant, Missouri.  After his family moved to Salem in 1978, he transferred to Pringle Elementary and then when on to Judson Middle, and graduated from Sprague High School in 1988. He attended both Oregon Institute of Technology and Chemeketa Community College. He served in the United States Naval Reserves.
While attending community college Andy worked for a modem manufacture in Albany OR. There he taught himself Network Administration and later, more generally, Information Technology.  He went on to work for a Help Desk Service provider (Portland), Fugro (Houston and Austin TX), Xerox (Austin) and Northwest Seniors and Disabilities Services (Salem).
Along the way he worked for Dr. Munchies Pizza Parlor (Salem) where he cultured a lifelong preference for pepperoni pizza and for spicy foods in general.  For a short while he DJ’ed at a country music radio station in Lebanon, OR. One unforgettable night, working alone, at the station when over the wire came the bulletin of Princess Diana’s death.  He read it on the air. His Dad and Mom heard it live, then were praying the story was not a hoax while hoping the story wasn’t true.
Andrew had a passion for lively discussions, great food, good music, sports, trivia and stories.  While living in Texas he become somewhat of an expert on Tex-Mex food and BBQing.  He was careful to point out the difference between BBQ and grilling.  He loved to BBQ brisket and ribs and share it and some beer with friends.  He enjoyed talking sports with his Dad, cooking with his Mom, and politics with anyone who would listen.
One of Andy’s closet friend said, “Andy had a way of making the people he talked to, feel as if they were the most important person in the room, even in a group discussion.”
 Our Andy is deeply missed, he was deeply loved, may he rest in peace released from the burdens of diabetes and kidney failure.
Andrew left behind his parents Connie and Jim Findley; three sisters Alisa Korenek, Erin Johnson, Amy Findley; two nieces Callie and Katie Korenek; several uncles and aunts and cousins; and, his beloved Dachshund, “Doxie”.
An outdoor Celebration of Life service will be held August 8, 2020, 10:00am at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1770 Baxter Rd SE, Salem, OR 97302.  Masks and social distance will apply, bring your own chair.
Donations to the Kidney Foundation and / or Our Saviors Lutheran Church Children / Youth Ministries. 
Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services is assisting the family.


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Andy is my cousin and he is such a funny guy. I cherish the time we spent together hanging out in our 20s. I enjoyed our conversations and especially liked when he would chuckle telling a funny story and he could certainly tell a funny story! God bless Andy, Uncle Jim, Aunt Connie, Alisa, Erin and Amy. We love you all.

Andy was our cousins fantasy football league organizer and he did a great job of it.  I enjoyed playing against a different cousin each week.  I think we all had a turn at being the champion of the league in different years.  It will be so sad not to have Andy and Uncle Iven playing any more.  They were both such good sports!  Thank you Andy for all you did keeping us organized.  May you find peace in the Fathers Mansion.

Andy was always so likable and friendly.  He seemed to be so consistently even-keeled and ever polite.  We have many fond memories of him through the years of family events, especially during his childhood And activities with our own children.  The adversities of diabetes and kidney failure over the years were very unfortunate, but he never burdened others with complaints or personal laments.  Andy will always be remembered as someone who enjoyed a good laugh and family visits.  I will always remember the special day that Ina and I spent with Andy during a visit to Austin, Texas when he lived there and spent the day with us proudly showing us the city and explaining many of its unique sites and stories.  We will miss our nephew Andy and forever treasure the times we had together.

I met Andy in 1991. We worked together at Dr Munchirs Incredible Pizza at Lancaster Mall. Many nights after closing down the restaurant he and I would go to the drive in theater near the mall. We drove to Tacoma together for the Guns N' Roses concert. He was a really great guy and I am sorry to see that he has passed.