Andrew Paul Christopher Idol, age 36 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Round Rock, Texas, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
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Andrew was born on January 20, 1984, in Austin, Tx., the son of Lance Harris Idol and Marcia Lynn (Vitek) Hart.
Andy attended Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Tx., and on August 6, 2001, he made the courageous decision to follow his life-long dream of becoming a soldier and enlisted in the United States Army. He served his first term through August 5, 2004, then he reenlisted on April 28, 2009. Andy was a true patriot, having served in the United States Army Infantry, as well as the Army Airborne Rangers and the 101st Army Airborne Ranger Division. He served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his military career. For his service, he was awarded numerous decorations, medals and badges, including: The Expert Marksmanship Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, and multiple Campaign Medals with Campaign Stars, Service Medals, and Ribbons. Most notably, his bravery and courage were rewarded by receiving a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and an Army Good Conduct Medal. Sergeant Andrew P. Idol was honorably discharged from the United States Army on October 20, 2013. He was a dedicated man of honor, who always looked out for his fellow soldiers, family, and friends.
Andy was an avid sports fan. He was a very good baseball player and from a young age advanced through many teams in his youth, before playing for the Round Rock Dragons High School Baseball Team. As an adult, Andy collected countless pieces of sports memorabilia. Andy also enjoyed playing electric and acoustic guitar, a skill he taught himself while serving overseas in Mosul, Iraq. He had an ear for music, loved to listen to rock and blues music, and attended many concerts. A major movie buff, Andy watched anything from horror to comedy and could recite verbatim “Pink Panther” movies. His favorite place to travel was his home state, Texas, where he had family in Houston, Llano, Round Rock and Dallas. Andy was fiercely loyal, tough, fearless, and protective, but had a way of leading his life with love and generosity. His quick wit made him the comic relief of any crowd. Andy was empathetic, he would do anything for anyone. He showed this character trait in his relationships with family, friends, and perfect strangers. More importantly, at 17, Andy made a selfless decision to serve our Country, keeping us safe and free at home.
Survivors include: his mother, Marcia Lynn Hart of Jefferson City, Mo.; his father, Lance H. Idol (wife, Sharon) of Llano, Tx.; his sister, Charlsie L. Idol and nephew, Trever Bear of Houston, Tx.; a half-sister, Emori E. Hart of Austin, Tx.; two half-brothers, Tristan B. Hart of Austin, Tx. and Jackson H. Idol of Llano, Tx.; a great aunt, Maxine Meyer of Temple, Tx.; and his God Parents, Frank and Madelyn Vitek of Fayetteville, Tx.
Andrew was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Alphonse “AP” and Sybil (Gully) Vitek and his paternal grandparents, Ward and Mozelle Idol.
A Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Round Rock and Houston, Texas. Details for the service will be posted to this webpage when that information becomes available.
Andrew will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. following a committal service and military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to be made to www.patriotpaws.org please include “in honor of Andrew Idol” with your donation to ensure it is allocated to the appropriate fund.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.