Armand Lavalle Andry, 63, of Oak Park, died on June 6, 2013, after his battle with multiple myeloma cancer. Born in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1949 to Virgil and Charlotte Andry, he was raised on the West Side of Chicago. When he was 11, his father died, leaving the family in challenging circumstances. They rose to those challenges, thanks to the determination of his mother.
After four years of courtship, he married Sally, his childhood friend, and their 44-year marriage produced three sons. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and his law degree from Columbia University. He operated his own law firm for more than 30 years and served his community as a member of the Oak Park chapter of the Jaycees and the first African American appointed to the Oak Park Fire and Police Commission. He was also a practicing Jehovah's Witness.
In May of 2011, he was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, but family and friends say he had no regrets, taking life as it presented itself and turning bad situations into good.
Armand Andry is survived by his wife, Sally Mae Andry; his sons, Armand Jr. (Ebony), John and Virgil; his grandchildren, Leeann, Charlotte, Armand III and Theodore; his brother, Duane; his sisters, Dorothy Dahe and Mamie; his aunt, Beatrice Hunter; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Stanley and Charlie.
Funeral services were held on June 17 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 238 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.