Monday, March 15, 2010

Uncle Andy Birrell's Funeral

Today we went to the funeral for Uncle Andy, Larry's Dad's brother. Each of his kids and grandkids wrote down special memories of their Dad/Grandpa. I thought it was a good idea and it really gave a real, more personalized look into the kind of man he was. He was greatly loved by all of them and will be missed, but you can tell they will take care of each other until they are all together again.
Andrew Robertson Birrell Jr.
1926 ~ 2010

Andrew Robertson Birrell Jr., 83, of Highland passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. He was born August 1, 1926 in Salt Lake City to Andrew R. and Thora Christensen Birrell. He married Patricia J. Bryan on November 20, 1949. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple by President Thomas S. Monson. Patricia passed away in 2003.

Andy grew up in Salt Lake and graduated from West High School. He served in the U. S. Army during the later part of WWII. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1954 with a degree in Business. With his cousin Bill, and brother, Joe; Andy owned and operated Birrell Bottling Company in Provo, Salina, Roosevelt, and had an interest in Admiral Beverage, operating in several states. Birrell's bottled 7-Up, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Squirt, Hires Root Beer, and other soft drinks.

Andy was an active member of the LDS Church and served faithfully in many callings. He enjoyed his time serving as an Ordinance Worker in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple.

Andy enjoyed raising 22 AKC Champion show dogs, raising and racing pigeons and Intermountain and Utah Champion running quarter horses.

Andy is survived by three children: Patricia A. (Larry) Huntsman, Pleasant Grove; Douglas B. (Charlyn) Birrell, Sandy; Kevin A. (Carolyn) Birrell, Lehi; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; brothers: Donald R. Birrell, CA and Joe R. (Betty) Birrell, Highland.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Alpine Tenth Ward Chapel, 285 North Matterhorn Drive (850 West) in Alpine. Family and friends may call Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove and at the church on Monday one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the American Fork City Cemetery will military honors conducted by American Legion Post 72. Condolences may be sent to the family at

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors in the Alpine 10th Ward and the Paradise LDS Branch in Alpine, Dr. Richard Olsen and other Doctors at the Central Utah Clinic,the River Meadows Senior Living staff in Alpine, and Alpine Home Health Care and Hospice for their kind care of our father.


Brittany and Scott said...

thanks for posting this; it was interesting to read about andy.

Becky said...

Sorry to hear about Joe's brother passing away. Please tell Joe and Betty they are in our thoughts and prayers...