Gary Andress

Gary Lynn Andress, age 74, entered into eternal rest on Aug. 26, 2021. Gary was born on Sept. 17, 1946 to J.T. and Ruby Naomi Andress in Miami, Az. and was the youngest of three children. After graduating from Grants High School in 1964, Gary immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force to avoid the uncertainties of the draft. Staff Sgt. E6 UASF Gary Andress served with the 850th Air Commando Squadron in La Trang, Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand, landing in Vietnam the day before the Tet offensive launched. He served as a crew chief on an A-26 attack plane. His military brothers and flight crew affectionately referred to him as “Andy.” Gary, like many veterans of that era, found the memories of his time in the military difficult to share; however, he remained steadfastly proud of serving his country.

Gary returned to the Globe-Miami area in late 1969 and in 1970 began working for Inspiration Copper, where he worked as a heavy duty mechanic and safety coordinator until his retirement in 2007. Gary remained committed to his goal of furthering his education and was determined to be an example of the importance of a college education. Gary graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, obtaining his degree the same year his daughter graduated from high school.

Gary Andress married the love of his life, LaVerna Hatch, on Feb. 13, 1971 and in 1976 welcomed their only daughter, Desiree Andress-Ihrig. Gary was an active member of the community for more than 50 years, involved in various organizations and clubs including the Vigilantes, Globe Gun Club, VFW, Charter Member of the Elks Club, American Legion, former Miami High School board member, Globe-Miami Community Concert Association and Gila County Historical Society. Gary valued people and his friendships. He was known for his ability to make friends easily and maintained many treasured lifelong friendships.

Gary took great joy in spending time with his grandson and best buddy, Braedyn Andress-Ihrig, dancing the night away anytime the opportunity presented itself, camping with family, ATV riding with friends, hunting, playing golf and listening to his favorite music on his patio.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerna Andress, parents J.T. and Ruby Naomi Andress and sister Billie Somerville. Gary is survived by his daughter Desiree Andress-Ihrig (Billy), grandson Braedyn Andress-Ihrig, brother Ron (Ruth) Andress and special friend/adventure companion Robin Wurst.

 A Celebration of Life with lunch will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1910 E. Maple St. in Globe. A burial will follow at Globe Cemetery at 5 p.m., where Gary will be laid to rest with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gary's name to Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education P.O. Box 2656 Globe, Arizona 85502.

The family was assisted by Bulman Miles Funeral Services Miami. Guestbook can be signed at