Andrew (Andy) Lee Myers passed away Thursday, August 16 at his home in Hermiston at the age of 56. He had been a resident of Hermiston for the past 47 years. He was born June 7, 1956, in Pocatello, Idaho. The family moved to Hermiston in 1965. Andy attended Hermiston schools, graduating from Hermiston High School in 1975. In 1976, at the age of 19, he hired out with the Union Pacific Railroad and was a conductor out of the Spokane unit.
On July 17, 1976, he married Jackie C. Brangham. They were the parents of one daughter, Layci Myers Fuller. Layci and her husband Brent provided Andy and Jackie with two grandchildren, Sophia and Austen Buddy, who were the lights of his life. Andy was also actively involved in the lives of his nieces and nephews. The center of his life was very much his family. His love and devotion to his wife, daughter and grandchildren was obvious. It was nothing for him to jump in the car and run to Portland to pick the grandkids up to come spend a few days with Poppy and Mimi.
Andy was a man of many interests and talents. He had a deep love for all music. Andy was a gifted musician and performed with the Oregon East Symphony for several years, playing French horn, trombone and special performances on the harmonica. He taught himself to play the piano and banjo. He was also gifted with a beautiful voice and could sing opera. Andy was a passionate collector. He loved anything mid-century modern and had a great eye and appreciation for art. Art museums were favorite stops. Traveling was an art for him, also. He researched and planned trips thoroughly to make sure he and his traveling companions, whether family or friends, saw the most interesting and informative places. He was combo travel agent, tour guide and restaurant finder. Traveling with Andy was a blast and an education an unusual combination. Other hobbies included boating, fishing, and golf. Andy believed in living life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Ellen Myers, and his sister, Tori Myers Keller, and is survived by his wife, Jackie, daughter Layci and family, brother James (Jimmy) E. Myers of Hermiston, mother-in-law Dorothy, sister and brother-in-law Kim and Hunter Tibbals, uncle Tom Myers; nieces and nephews Whitney Hickman, Jordan and Kristen Tibbals, Carly Myers, Shayla Griffin and Avery Griffin; cousins Kathy Shircliff and Tommy Myers.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Hermiston Christian Center, 1825 W. Highland. Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon East Symphony through Burns Mortuary.