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Andy Ray Spliethof

Andy Ray Spliethof (age 51)

July 29, 1968 – December 23, 2019

Andy Spliethof passed away on December 23rd, 2019.

He is survived by his daughters Jasmine Spliethof (30) and Sofia Spliethof (14) and his granddaughters Lyra (7) and Sabine (5) Spliethof. He is also survived by his extended family including his brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and his mother Opal Spliethof.

Andy was adopted as an infant into the Spliethof family who loved him, and he loved in return. He grew into a child with artistic skills. He went to Rogue River High School and took art classes with A’s every year. He had a rare combination of qualities, being artistic and brooding but also outgoing and hilarious.

When he was 18, he traveled abroad to Germany where he lived for a year. That experience influenced him for the remainder of his life.
Andy was open-minded about other cultures and languages. Most beloved was anything in the arts, including music, poetry, novels, painting, sculpting, singing (he was always singing), etc. From fine art to simple doodles, he appreciated it all.


Perhaps the only thing he loved more than art were his daughters Jasmine (me), Melody, and Sofia. We are blessed by God with such a sensitive soul to tuck us in as little girls and comfort us as women.

To his friends and family, he was fiercely loyal. Each person was valued individually. If anyone ever needed anything, and he was able, he would help.

He had a gift for laughter and making others laugh, a genuine love for those around him and a love for tis country. He was forever singing old country music and had a passion for Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. He often would go on barefoot walks to help himself feel grounded and connected to nature as is reflected in his talent for taking beautiful photos.  He would often have a pocket full of found objects from his walks that stemmed from his years as a boy in Selma Oregon.

As his good friend Russ expressed, “His artistic achievements were only an expression for the love and curiosity Andy had for this world.”

We are thankful for the outpouring of support we have received. He is dearly loved and missed and is now free.  

His services will be held Thursday, 1/09/2020 at 11 am followed by a graveside service.


 


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Guestbook

I'm so sorry for your loss. I cleaned house for him and Shelley for a couple of years. Andy was always pleasant. He gave me a great banana bread recipe that I still enjoy. He was creative for sure and a real man's man. May he rest in peace.

Sandra Watson Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

Andy was such a joy to have around as a baby and then growing up. This is his Aunt Linda Lowden, and as I was saying, he was even hilarious back then. Oh my, what that boy could come up with! My son was exactly 1 year younger than Andy and the things these two did together as children! The BB gun incident in my bathroom window (still there) to the catapulting Lincoln Logs in the chandelier light in the living room!
His dad was my brother and we were a close knit family. Our families camped together, hunted & fished together, always doing outside things. But in the midst of all this Andy would be filling his pockets with all sorts of treasures, from rocks, sticks, to frogs & snails. Once he brought home an empty bird nest & put it in a tree by his house. He said he had saw some birds flying around his house that didn't have a home! To all of our astonishment a little bird did take up residency!
Andy, I am missing you so much & will cherish our last phone visit about three weeks before you took on those angel wings & you told me how much you would like to come home, just move back to Selma & your roots, dear one, I am so sorry you were not able to even come over one last time to just wander back in time & walk the childhood trails & hillside, barefoot while singing a Merle Haggard tune. But by Grace are ye saved through faith.... you are home with your loving ole Pop & beautiful daughter Melody, plus Uncle Andy & so many more. You are in my heart forever!

Linda Lowden Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Andy Spliethof

Robin proctor Jan 4 2020 12:00 AM

I cherish the chuckles and laughs you brought to my world, and your creative view on the world will be with me always. Love you like a brother, dear friend.

Julian Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM