John Andrew “Andy” Casagranda, 65, our beloved father, son, and brother died of natural causes Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Butte.
Andy was the first born to Clyde and Rita (McLaughlin) Casagranda on Oct. 17, 1948, in Butte. Andy attended Immaculate Conception and Butte High School.
In 1968, at age 18 Andy was drafted into the Army and served our county in the Vietnam War until 1970. He returned home a changed man.
Andy lived and worked much of his life in Alaska. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, and spending time at Georgetown Lake.
Andy married Laurie Hawe, and was blessed with two beautiful children, Gina and Sean, and four wonderful grandsons, JW, Jovan, DJ, and Zaak, all of whom he cherished.
Andy was preceded in death by younger brother, Glen Casagranda; grandparents, Guido and Gladys Casagranda and Michael and Katherine McLaughlin; uncles, Bill, Mick, and Jack McLaughlin; and aunts, Sara Godbout, Mary Murphy, and Louise Casagranda.
He is survived by his loving parents, Rita Casagranda of Butte and Clyde and Anna Casagranda of Townsend; children, Gina (Mario) Vargas, and Sean (Corry) Casagranda; grandchildren, JW Casagranda and Jovan Vargas, and DJ and Zaak Casagranda, and mother, Tanya Latham; brothers, Norman (Tammy) Casagranda and Bob (Kathy) Casagranda; sisters, Judy (Bill) Lobb and Rita (Kerry) Weightman; sister-in-law, Paula Casagranda; uncle, Earl Casagranda; aunts, Judy and Betty McLaughlin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Andy was a rare gem in a world that was difficult for him to navigate. Andy was a man of few words, but an incredible spirit with kind and beautiful eyes. He was a compassionate loving father, grandfather and beautiful person with no expectations of others. With his quiet personality, he was able to show his love and how much he cared for his family. Our lives are all so much better for knowing him. He will be missed dearly. Andy, we know you are not lost, but alive forever more!
Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, with a visitation at 11 a.m. and service at noon at Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Butte Rescue Mission.
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