Sept. 6, 1924-Feb, 4, 2007

HERMISTON - Andrew Charles "Andy" Aichele, a longtime Hermiston resident and Little League coach, died Sunday Feb. 4, 2007, at Good Shepherd Medical Center. He was 82.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at New Hope Community Church in Hermiston. A burial with military honors will follow at Hermiston Cemetery.

Mr. Aichele was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Milton-Freewater, to Frederick and Martha Aichele. He attended school and worked in Milton-Freewater. He moved to New York City where he was a taxicab driver until being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the Pacific during his four-year tour.

He married Dolores Faye McCollum on Sept. 17, 1946, in Lewiston, Idaho. They lived in Hermiston. Mrs Aichele died in 1983.

Mr. Aichele farmed with his father, worked at the mill in Pilot Rock, worked in construction and was a truck driver for BPA and the Umatilla Army Depot. The career he most enjoyed was selling real estate.

He was a member of the VFW, Fraternal Orders of Eagles, the Shriner's, the Pendleton Mainstreet Cowboys, the Oregon Association of Realtors and Laborer's Union.

He was involved in organizing the Laborer's Union for the mill workers and helped establish the Little League program. He also coached the first Pilot Rock Little League team.

Mr. Aichele enjoyed gardening, animals, hunting and fishing. His favorite was bird hunting with his dogs. He also enjoyed football, wrestling, boxing and especially baseball.

He is survived by daughters Andrea Follett, of Hermiston, Janice Dorsey, of Grandview, Wash., and Karla Giersch, of Omaha, Neb.; sons David Aichele, of The Dalles, and Donald Aichele, of Hermiston; sisters Ida Palmer, of Lynnwood, Wash., and Dorothy Kabanuk, of College Place, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Aichele was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters Hannah Kralman and Alpha Coffman; brothers Solomon Aichele, Victor Aichele, Karl Aichele and two brothers who died in infancy; and a great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

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