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Friday, March 23, 2018

Andrew "Andy" Schofield

Andrew “Andy” C. Schofield, age 95 of Glendive, formerly of Jordan, Mont., passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care with his daughter by his side.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. with funeral service to follow at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the First Congregational Church in Glendive, with Brother Guy Pontoriero officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018 in the family lot in the Steve Fork Cemetery west of Jordan. Following the interment there will be a reception at 4:30 p.m. at the Summit Corral in Jordan and everyone is invited. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Andy was born in Scott City, Kan. to William and Augusta (Hebrew) Schofield on March 12, 1922, the eldest of six children. He was raised in the Scott City area, and graduated from Shallow City Consolidated High School in 1940. At the age of fourteen Andy began working as an irrigation farm laborer, which he continued beyond high school. During the off season, Andy decided to continue his education by attending a sheet metal school learning to become a riveter. This allowed him to work for Boeing and Beechcraft.  Every spring and summer he returned to the farm to work.  He continued this until 1946 when he vacationed in Montana and decided not to leave.  Later that year Andy met the love of his life, Elsie Mae Wheatcroft, and they were later married on April 9, 1952 in Hamilton, Mont.  In 1954, they returned to the  ranch at Steve Fork (Jordan). Less than a year later they welcomed their daughter, Andeen. They continued to farm and ranch until 1990, at which time they sold their ranch and moved to Glendive. This allowed them to be near their daughter and her family. Due to this move, Andy was able to strengthen his bond with Andeen and continued this until the time of his death.

Andy’s family was the center of his life. He cherished the time that he spent with his daughter and Bruce, but especially the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The stories he shared with loved ones will always be engraved in their hearts and memories. He had a great sense of humor and was known to pull pranks and tell jokes, though he was never mean about it. Andy enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.   He had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his cat, Dolly. Later in life he was able to spend time with his grandchildren watching sports, coin collecting, and talking about antiques.  Andy was well known for the agate jewelry that he made. He loved sharing his special gifts with many friends and family.

Andy started his journey as a Master Mason 72 years ago, beginning in Kansas and continuing in both Jordan and Glendive. He held positions as secretary, treasurer and Worshipful Master. In 2002 he was inducted into the Montana Masonic Hall of Fame, an honor he was very proud of. Andy was also a member of the Eastern Star and First Congregational Church in Glendive.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elsie; all his brothers and sisters, James, Walter, Emma Alice, Viola and Vernon.

Andy is survived by his daughter, Andeen (Bruce) Raymond of Glendive; his grandson, Daniel (Jennifer) Raymond and their daughters Shayna and Callie Jean all of Lacey, Wash.; his granddaughter, Vicki (Mike) James of Glendive and their children Brendan (Silvana) James and their son Benjamin of Miles City, Connor and Mikah James both of Glendive; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Andy’s name are suggested to the First Congregational Church in Glendive, the Grandview Retirement Home in Glendive or The Masonic Lodge #148 in Jordan, Mont.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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