Obituary: Roland “Gus” Andre

Roland "Gus" AndreRoland “Gus” Andre, 90, of Green Bay, passed away at St. Vincent Hospital on Nov. 8, 2015.  He was born October 1, 1925 in Norman, Wisconsin (Kewaunee County) to William and Selina (Defnet) Andre.

His family moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1927, where Gus resided for most of his life.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp Cadet Program in 1943, and graduated as a 2nd Lt. B-29 Flight Engineer.  In 1947, he sailed to Europe with Fred Peterson on the Utopia.

From 1950 – 1987, Gus owned and operated Andre’s Supper Club, which was a prominent gathering place in Sturgeon Bay for many years.  He is fondly remembered for hosting countless weddings, class reunions, family events, service club meetings, civic events, holiday parties, and the traditional Friday night fish fry.

He married Virginia Paul in 1951, who preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 1983.  Gus later married Bonnie DeGrave and they enjoyed many years together, living in Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay.  Gus enjoyed boating, travel, golf, bowling, cards, Packer games and time spent with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie, Green Bay; his son Mark (Madelene) Andre, Lake Oswego, OR; 3 grandsons, Derek (Emma) Andre, Portland, OR, Bret (Mijeong) Andre, West Linn, OR, and Tyler (Sara) Andre, Hillsboro, OR; 3 great-grandchildren, Linnaea, HaYoon, and Stellan; 4 step-children, Jim (Joann) Monty, Sandra (Greg) Turrick, Craig (Cecelia) Stone, and Linda May; step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Virginia, a brother Robert (Claire) Andre, two sisters, Shirley (Lawrence “Red”) Bongle and Lila Peterson.

In his honor, a Belgian tailgate party will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 15, 2015, at the former Andre’s Supper Club on Oak St. (now Benny D’z).  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.   The Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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