Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of his saints (Psalm 116:15) Alan Vincent Andries was released from his body on February 10, 2021. He was then escorted by angels holding both hands into eternal life where he was greeted by family and friends with hosannas, joy and laughter. He was born November 24, 1945 in DeQuincy, LA and grew up in Alexandria, LA. He lived a short time in Greely, CO and most of his life in Baton Rouge. Alan bravely faced nearly six years of struggle with ALS. This disease is a cruel thief, but we are amazed at how Alan faced it with grace and courage that inspired everyone who knew him. Though ALS stole his physical strength, Alan had more than enough love, faith and composure to keep it from stealing his joy. Reflecting on his diagnosis, Alan had this to say: "One may say when faced with this news, 'Why me?' Please know that God has blessed me for 70 years with a wonderful life and very good health and I hope to stay active for as long as I can. With His grace and strength, I pray I can say 'Why not me?'" Alan's passion in life was helping family, friends, neighbors and strangers. He could fix anything and everything. He was always the first to offer help with a project or offer needed advice. He loved to travel and had a special place in his heart for Colorado where he found contentment and peace. In his latter years, he played tennis and cards with two wonderful groups of life-long friends until his diagnosis. Alan attended Menard Memorial High School in Alexandria and earned his BS and Masters in Economics from Northeast LA State University (ULM). Alan spent nearly five decades in the financial services industry. Whether in banking or brokerage, he served hundreds of clients throughout his career guiding individuals and families towards their financial goals. His calm demeanor, integrity, and character made others trust him easily. He handled the intimacy of his clients' finances with care, wisdom, and responsibility. Alan leaves behind a devoted wife of 25 years, Maureen, who heroically cared for him every single day of his illness. Alan is survived by his three sons, Chris (April), Eric and Scott. He loved his sons and was always concerned for their well-being, always admiring of their talents. He is also survived by stepson, Kyle Duncan (Martha); and stepdaughter, Kelly Duncan; his grandchildren, Madelyn, Lily, Joseph, Aidan, Thomas, Michael, Rosemary and Andrew; his brothers and sisters, Ronnie Andries, Kala Meadows, Alice Cosenza, Lynn Andries (Janette), and Terry Andries (Lorilee). He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ruby Myers Andries; brothers, Donald and Mike; and sister, Candace Gammill. Alan was a member of First Presbyterian Church. His faith was real and he trusted in the sufficient and saving work of Jesus. He believed in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. We know that Alan is whole now and is at peace in his heavenly home. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Memorial Park, 9595 Florida Blvd. Due to stormy weather, services have been moved to Friday, February 19, 2021 . Visitation will begin at 8:30 am until funeral service at 10:00 am at Greenoaks Funeral Home. Burial will follow at St. George Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Abernathy, Joseph Duncan, Kyle Duncan, Thomas Duncan, Joey Nola and Steve Taylor. Our family would like to express appreciation to Hal Holloway for his devoted kindness and loving care in Alan's last years. We are also grateful to Notre Dame Hospice and nurse Zhanna Bennett. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The ALS LA/MS Foundation and Notre Dame Hospice. For those that are unable to attend, a livestream video will be provided via Greenoaks Facebook page. Please visit www.greenoaksfunerals.com
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