July 5, 1929 ~ August 10, 2008
Rudolph Andry, a 66 year resident of the South Bay, passed away Aug. 10, 2008 at the age of 79 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Rudolph was born on July 5, 1929 in the parish of New Orleans, Louisiana. In his early years he worked in the French Market. He was an avid horseback rider and enjoyed many pets including his favorite, a king snake that he wore around his neck. He fondly recalled receiving free haircuts in exchange for leaving his snake at home.
At the age of 20, Rudolph joined the Navy and proudly served on the USS Dixie, working with the artillery team and serving as a chef. He had the privilege of cooking for many dignitaries - among them future U.S. President Richard Nixon.
After serving his country, he pursued a 40 year career as a union meat cutter working at grocery stores and specialty meat markets throughout the South Bay, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills.
At the age of 27 he married Susan Montgomery of Los Angeles, California, and together they had three children.
Throughout life he enjoyed good times with his friends, thoroughbred horse racing, dancing, and cooking for friends and family. Among his most popular and frequently requested dishes were his delicious red beans, lima beans and holiday hams. He enjoyed making people laugh with his numerous jokes. Later in life, Rudy also enjoyed activities with PWP friends and dancing at Alpine Village.
He eagerly came out of retirement to help his son, Vincent Andry, open and manage Genuine Maytag Home Appliance Center in Torrance.
Rudolph Michael Joseph Andry is survived by his three children: Roseanna Berndt of Cypress, CA; Alan Andry of Redondo Beach, CA; and Vincent Andry of Torrance, CA. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Alan Berndt and daughter-in-law, Mariaelena Andry: four grandchildren; Daniel Andry, Megan Berndt, Austin Berndt and Nicolas Andry: and five sisters; Barbara Sissac, Beverly Vaughn, Jackie Key, Anne Andry and Brenda Hardickes.
His loving companion, Belle Andres, was by his side at the time of his passing.
Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM, on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. (310) 792-7599. Reception to be held after in the onsite reception room.
Interment will be held on Monday, August 25, 2008 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA. A brief military veteran's ceremony will be held at 11am.
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