Andrew John Radermacher was born December 28, 1930, in West Union, MN, the son of Andrew and Helen (Fink) Radermacher, Sr. Junior was raised in West Union where he attended school. Following his schooling, he helped his father on the farm until he joined the United States Army. While working as a cook in the Army, Andy developed a love of cooking that served him well throughout life.
Andy tried several jobs following his military service. He worked in a bed factory in Alaska and as a bus driver in Chicago. While working in Minneapolis he met Alzira Fischbach at a dance. The two were married on June 10, 1961. They made their home in Alexandria, MN where they were blessed with two children. Andy began working for Herzog Roofing. He later started his own roofing company which he owned and operated for many years.
He was married to Yvonne Solvie on March 12, 1988. They enjoyed many wonderful years together traveling south in the winter, entertaining friends at their home and spending time with family.
Andy was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the American Legion. Andy volunteered his time towards Meals on Wheels and donated fresh apples to the food shelf from his garden.
Andy enjoyed spending time golfing and playing horseshoes with friends and in various leagues. For twenty-five years he spent his winters in Arizona, Texas and Florida. He was a fan of high school sports and enjoyed watching softball, volleyball and basketball games.
Andy was an outdoorsman. He loved to go deer and duck hunting in the fall. Andy liked fishing in the summer and winter. In his younger days he spent his winters trapping. He trapped as a young kid and continued until he was sixty-five years old. Gardening was also a great joy for Andy. He kept a large garden and liked canning his produce and making applesauce and sauerkraut. Andy kept three chickens so that he always had fresh eggs daily. He also had a rooster that would wake him up at dawn.
Music was important to Andy; he loved attending music jams and going dancing with his lady friends. He played cards and loved going to the casino. Women found that Andy had a very charming personality and he was fond of their company.
On Monday, August 31, 2020 Andy died at the age of eighty-nine years. He was preceded in death by Alzira and four sisters, Eleanor Messer, Dorothy Radermacher, Helen Marthaler and an infant sister, Genevieve Radermacher. Andy is survived by his son, Jon Radermacher of St. Michael, MN; his daughter, Judy Breiter and husband, Duane, of Long Prairie, MN; grandchildren, Zach, Chelsey, Jessica, Matthew and Michael; and great grandchildren, Lance and Aubrey.
A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at the Anderson Funeral Home. Reverend Father Steve Binsfeld will officiate. Entombment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Alexandria. The Alexandria Veteran's Honor Guard will provide military honors. Masks, social distancing and building occupancy limits are required at the funeral home.