Andrew F. Brothanek 1921-2013

Posted November 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Andrew F. Brothanek 1921-2013

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Andrew Brothanek, 92, of Miller, S.D., passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 at his son’s home in St. Paul, Minn.

The funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Pastor Brian Jones officiating. Burial followed at GAR Cemetery, Miller.

Andy was born September 30, 1921 to Frank Joseph and Henrietta (Kruse) Brothanek. He graduated from Gann Valley High School. He married the love of his life, Jane Olson, on January 20, 1945. They were married until Jane’s passing May 22, 1965. To this union one son, Dale and one daughter, Sue, were born. Five years later, Andy and Earline Hurlbut took a second shot at marriage and were together until Earline’s death in 2000. Andy then honored both his wives by spending nights out dancing and entertaining all the other ladies in town, but decided a third wife wasn’t going to be part of his plans.

Andy loved his Rancho store and ran it from 1957 to its closing in 1990. He relished in all the boots and western wear and was always proud of his western store.

Andy enjoyed dancing, coin collecting, fishing, golf, cards, pool and playing quarters to see who paid for coffee every morning and afternoon with friends (we don’t think he paid for coffee very often).

Grandpa Andy “Dandy” is survived by his son, Dale (Linda) Brothanek; step-children, Bob (Ardella) Hurlbut and Vicki Faehnrich; granddaughters, Tami Sue Ulmen, Lindy (Mark) Stankey, Lisa (Adam) Holzemer and Lori (Greg) Hopper; great-grandsons, Walter (Lindy), Beck (Lisa) and Mason (Lori); his sister, Eleanor Viereck; nieces, Linda Ness, Nancy (Gary) Behrends, Joanne Grohs and Pat (Gayle) Krog; nephews, Larry (Paulette) Olson, Rick (Lisa) Olson; and first cousin, Stuart (Marianne) Irwin.

The people welcoming him home include Andy’s first wife Jane (1965); daughter, Sue (1997); second wife, Earline (2000); his father, Frank; mother, Henrietta; and two step-daughters, Mary Jo Stavick and Barbara Crossman.

Andy spent his last days a bit far from Miller but was surrounded by family and friends. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, and will be missed by many dancing partners and fisherman.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Andrew’s arrangements. Visit