Obituary: Andrew A. Bach

Andrew A. Bach of Exeter, Calif. passed away quietly in the presence of his sons Steve and Bruce and niece Lisa, in the early morning of Sept. 17, 2018 after battling Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84 years old. Andy, as everyone knew him, was just an all-around good guy. He was always willing, able, and available to help anyone who asked. He was especially helpful to his sons.

Andy was born in a small town in Minnesota on Nov. 29, 1934. Having left home at an early age, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years. After he was Honorably Discharged he left the service and met and married Ruth “Tootsie” King. What was so amazing about Andy was he not only married Ruth, but also took on the responsibility of raising the five boys she already had from a previous relationship. Anyone who makes that type of commitment is truly a saint, as described by his sons.

Never having a child born to him he raised the boys as his own, teaching each the labors of auto mechanics. He was a solid, good provider who was loyal to his wife and family. A lifelong professional auto mechanic, he was a devoted employee who worked for the Marine Corp Recruit Depot for 28 years and retired with over 1,300 hours of sick leave. Upon retiring, he and Tootsie moved to Ardmore, Okla. for a brief couple of years before finally re-locating to Exeter, Calif. Here he lived out his days, enjoying the company of his fishing buddies and bantering with his colorful brothers-in-law Donny, Cecil and Doc King. Andy was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles where he enjoyed an occasional beer and playing Texas Hold Em’. Andy was also an avid supporter of his local blood bank no matter where he lived and donated blood throughout his life.

Andy was preceded in death by his wife Tootsie, son Duane Williams, granddaughter Sherri Williams, and brothers-in-law Doc King and Cecil King. Survivors include sons Steve, Larry, Bruce, and Ron Williams, along with several great grandchildren. He was especially close to his niece Lisa Newton and her children who were a tremendous help in the final years of Andy’s life.

Cremation has taken place, no services have been announced, but a future memorial service is being planned.

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