Pete Andreas, born July 4, 1940 to parents Glenn & Vera Andreas in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Comfort House in Pella, Iowa. Pete grew up in Cedar Rapids and Pella, graduating from Pella Christian High School in 1958. He went on to graduate with a degree in Economics from Calvin College in 1962. He served in the Army from 1962-1965 and then gained a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Iowa in 1968. He went on to teach PE, become Athletic Director and coach basketball, soccer and golf at Eastern Christian High School in New Jersey from 1968-1977 where he won 3 state titles as a soccer coach. He moved to California in 1977 and held various positions in banking, education, sports reporting and playing the piano. He moved back to Pella in the early 2000’s to care for his mother until her death in 2007.
He was known as “Pistol Pete” as a young basketball player for Pella Christian, he was known as “Coach Pete” during his time at Eastern Christian, he was known as “Piano Pete” during his many years performing for many older audiences in California and Iowa. As a lifelong Christian, Pete was an inspiration to many people as he was known for his extreme generosity and admission of his own faults while helping others face and overcome their challenges.
Pete was married to Kay Pech from 1963-1987 and had three sons together, David (1964-1969), Jon (1966-), and Marc (1973-). Pete was married to Rosemary Biedebach from 1993-1997 whom he cared for until her death. He then married his long-time friend Maria Theresita Ruiz in 2006. Pete is survived by his wife Maria and his sons Jon Andreas of Chino, CA and Marc Andreas and daughter-in-law Shelby Andreas of Grandville, MI. He has seven grandchildren Adeline, Connor, Lovely, Elly, Jonah, Ivy & Willow Andreas.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:00 am at Second Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa. Visitation will be Monday from 9:30 am until the time of service in The Gathering Space at Second Reformed Church.