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Andrew Martin


Andrew Michael Martin was born in Wichita, KS on August 19, 1988 to Tim and Rhonda (Oathout) Martin. He passed away in a tragic construction site accident on June 21, 2024 at the age of 35.

 

Andrew grew up in Andover, KS. He loved to hunt with his Pap and bake and cook with his Grandma Oathout. He once shot a squirrel and asked his grandma to cook it and everyone had to have a taste. Andrew’s favorite food, though, was his great-aunt Karen Atkinson’s homemade deer jerky. He and his dad were also the designated fish frying team at his grandma “Nikki’s”, the name he gave her as a toddler that all of her grandchildren still refer to her as. His younger brother, Justin, was born in 1992 and they, along with their parents, loved being outdoors and spent many weekends on nearby lakes boating, fishing, and camping. He and Justin spent many hours riding bikes and eventually dirt bikes and motorcycles. He also loved video games and was an avid gamer. Andrew graduated from Andover High School in 2007 where he played football and was on the wrestling team (having a younger brother to practice with was helpful!). He also had a creative side and enjoyed doing ceramics and pottery.

 

After high school, Andrew started working with his dad (something he had done often growing up) to learn more about the construction business. He was a natural at it and did not shy away from learning new skills. He could weld, work a backhoe, was a skilled carpenter, and could do just about anything needed. He was also good at creative decisions to help make a finished product not only work as intended, but look beautiful too. He worked in the construction and landscaping industry his entire adult life. In addition to gaming, Andrew loved to play golf and was proud to be able to teach his young nephew, Noah, to play. He loved following sports and liked going to see the Wichita Thunder play hockey (although his favorite team was the Chicago Blackhawks). He loved to cheer on the KU Jayhawks and the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Andrew was a big dog lover and always had at least one pet. His Doberman, Cooper, was his constant companion for the past nine years. He had recently added Chance, a four-month-old Blue Healer mix, to his home.

 

Andrew was deeply loved and will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him. He is survived by his parents Tim and Rhonda (Oathout) Martin, brother Justin (Marta) and his nephew, Noah. His paternal grandmother, Bobbie Wasko (Nick) and his maternal grandmother Betty Oathout-Schmidt (Dave) and great aunt Karen Atkinson (Burt). His uncle Todd Martin (Dawn) and cousins Sarah (John) and Shanie, his aunt Michelle White (Brian) and cousins Erin Winn (Ryan), Jordan White (Jessica), and Haley Pomarico (Sam). His aunt Tammy Ford (Steve) and cousin Chase. As well as many more cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandfather “Pap”, Michael Oathout, his grandfather Garey Martin, his great-grandparents Betty Smith (BJ), Eldon and Beulah Oathout and Henry and Peggy Buresh.

 

Andrew loved his dogs and they will miss him. Cooper, his 9-year-old Doberman, is going to live with Andrew’s aunt Tammy and uncle Steve on their ranch and will be well loved and cared for. Chance, his new puppy, is going to travel back to Pennsylvania with his younger brother Justin, and his wife Marta.  However, this is a big and unexpected expense for Justin and Marta. For those who would like to contribute, a memorial account has been established to help with travel expenses and the ongoing care of Chance.

 

 Donations may be made via Venmo to @Michelle-White-3 (please put Andrew Martin in the memo) or a check made out to Michelle White (Andrew Martin in memo) can be sent to Shaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, KS 67022. A donation to your favorite animal shelter is also an option should you choose.

 

Following cremation, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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samrey
Jun 27

Our family has been blessed by having Andrew in our lives, we will all miss him and pray that the many memories and time can carry the family onward. Rest in peace our friend.

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John & Mary Feaster
John & Mary Feaster
Jun 27

There are no words that can comfort grieving parents after the loss of their child, no matter the age. I am so sorry for your loss.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 139:13-16.

Mary Feaster

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