Andrew Michael Cebuhar, of Franklin, Wis., was born February 8, 1981 to John P. and Christy (Simons) Cebuhar, in Des Moines. He died tragically while visiting friends in Oshkosh, Wis. on July 10, 2012.
Andrew (Drew) attended schools in Indianola and Adel before moving to St. Francis, Wis. in 1997, where he graduated from SFHS in 1999. Andrew continued his education at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). He sought part-time work in customer-service related venues-as a meat cutter, a tire service representative, a respected server in several of Milwaukee's finer restaurants. Andrew took great pride in bringing satisfaction to those he served.
Andrew received specialized training through the WI National Guard and the US Army Reserves. He completed basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla. Andrew had recently earned certifications to drive/operate all modes of motor vehicles/heavy machinery known to the Army. He was detailed to Company B452 at the time of his death. Andrew loved his country and had requested assignment to full-time active duty.
It would have been Andrew's preference to live outdoors. He was in his element when he was fishing, boating, camping or hunting. Although he would seldom acknowledge this talent, Andrew was blessed with an amazing baritone voice; he entered vocal solo competition in high school. From the time he was young, Andrew demonstrated an uncanny ability to identify songs titles and musicians. He was particularly drawn to the "oldies" and to all things country.
If asked about his legacy, Andrew would predictably answer, "Colten", born February 20, 2001. Andrew was able to spend quality time with his son this spring when he returned to live with the Stovers and Colten, attending his son's fifth grade band concert, watching him play baseball, and proudly taking Colten and his uncle to the Army base for "family day".
Andrew married Jennifer Melcher at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, February 7, 2010.
The one constant in Andrew's young adult life was his relationship with his Savior, Jesus Christ. Andrew would talk openly and with conviction of his deep faith with those who knew him well, and with those whom he had just met. Andrew, baptized as an infant on February 8, 1982, reaffirmed his baptism at Elmbrook Church in August, 2011. At the time of his death, Andrew remained a member of Apostle Presbyterian Church in West Allis, Wis. Amidst his life-long struggles related to mood instability, God nurtured in him a compassionate, generous spirit that endeared him to people of all ages, particularly the elderly. He bonded with people easily and detached from relationships reluctantly.
Those who loved Andrew dearly in this life and into the next include his son, Colten Noah, 11 (Franklin, Wis.), his mother and step-father Chris and Steve Hopkins (Grimes), brother and sister-in-law Adam and Callie Simons (Grimes), aunt and uncle Elayne and Walt Stover (Franklin, Wisc.) and family, step-brothers Mike and Dan Hopkins and their families (Des Moines), Jennifer Melcher Cebuhar and her four children (West Allis, Wis.), his father John P. Cebuhar (West Des Moines), uncles Mike and Tom Cebuhar and families, and a host of extended family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents Clyde and Elva Simons, Steve and Margaret Cebuhar.
Service will be held at Nain Lutheran Church, Newell, on Thursday, July 26 at 2 pm.