Honorable Colonel Ret. Andrew Nisbet Jr. 91, Leavenworth, KS and Sequim,WA passed away February 24, 2013 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Andrew was born on September 10, 1921 in Oakland, CA the son of Andrew and Edith Pearl (Savercool) Nisbet. He grew up in the Bay Area and gold mining towns of the Sierras. As a teenager he worked on a cattle ranch and with his father, a mining engineer, in the gold fields. He attended Stanford University, the University of Georgia, and received his Masters Degree from Columbia University in New York City. In 1947 he married Haroldine Hart. They were married for 65 years and had 4 children.
Andrew joined the Army as a private in 1942. After attending Officer Candidate School he was commissioned as an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant. He proudly served his country for 33 years, retiring in 1975 as a Colonel. During his military service, he served in Okinawa and China after WWII. He commanded an Arctic Infantry Company in the Territory of Alaska. He was a Russian Foreign Area specialist. He served in the 502 regiment of the 101st Airborne and taught at the JFK Special Warfare School. He served in Thailand with the Military Assistance Group. While there he earned his Thai Jump wings. He also served two tours in Vietnam, in 1963 as a Military Advisor and in 1969 as the head of Psychological Operations. He commanded Support District Sud Bayern in Europe and was the head of the Military Group in Paraguay. His awards and commendations include: WWII VM, ACM, AOM Japan, APCM, VSM, NDSM(one oak leaf), Purple Heart, Legion of Merit (2 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal, SR Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantry Badge.
Upon retirement Andrew and Haroldine settled on the Olympic Peninsula in Sequim, WA. Andrew went on to serve as a State Representative in the Legislature of Washington State for two sessions. He was also a Port Commissioner in Port Angeles for 12 years.
Andrew was a member of ST Paul’s Episcopal Church in Leavenworth, KS. He was a life time member of the American Legion as well as the Washington State Grange. He was a member and past president of the Sequim Rotary and a member of the Leavenworth Rotary Club. He embodied the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.
Andrew is survived by his wife of 65 years Haroldine Hart Nisbet. Daughter Gwyneth Hawk (Michael) and sons Andrew Nisbet (Cecilia Eng) of Portland, Ore and Kevin Nisbet (Julie) of Fripp Island, S.C. He was predeceased by his son, Phillp Clark Nisbet. Grandchildren Jennifer Davis(Craig), Brooke Plemmons (Paul), Andrew J. Nisbet, Jonathan Z. Nisbet, Kathleen Nisbet, and Abigail Nisbet, Nathanial Nisbet, Aaron Nisbet and Benjamin Nisbet. Great grandchildren Hayden, Abigail and Grace Davis and Julia, Elora, and Pierce Plemmons.
A memorial service will be held Saturday March 9th 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be at a future date in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his memory may be directed to Rotary Foundation in care of Leavenworth Rotary Club, PO Box 605, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel. Condolences may sent to www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com