Andrew Antekeier

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM.

Andrew Joseph Antekeier, age 72, of Eastpoint, died Friday, June 6, 2014, at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville from complications of treatment for advanced prostate cancer.

The world lost a magic man when Andy left it. He was a force of nature with great zest for life and a love of people. He was a great cook who could never understand why anyone would need a recipe. He enjoyed a game of golf, pool, or cards, loved fishing and growing things. He was a runner until he had to walk, a sailor until he chose instead to live by the sea, a hiker unafraid of what lay ahead on the trail, and the king of the campfire. He was a great hugger and inventor of the hug sandwich, loved by his grandchildren.

Andy never met a stranger. He bestowed special names on his loved ones, and was known by several himself, from Jose Gaspar to Mr. Weekend to his favorite of all, Popster the Wopster.

He was a regular blood donor with 260 recorded donations over many years. Since retirement Andy has been a volunteer at the Franklin County Food Pantry.

Andy loved sports and was a dedicated fan of the Michigan State Spartans. Anyone who met Andy quickly learned about the Green and White. He rooted passionately for all of the Spartan teams in good times and in bad, and always wore his colors.

Andy was born Dec. 23, 1941, in Muskegon, Michigan to Arnold and Alberta Dion Antekeier, both of whom predecease him.

He graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central High School, Class of 1960. He attended Muskegon Community College, Michigan State University, and Grand Valley University where he earned a bachelor of science degree with high honors in psychology in 1976. He worked full time during his 10-year pursuit of a college degree.

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