Harold F. Vandre Jr.


TORRINGTON – Harold F. “Butch” Vandre died Jan. 6, 2020, at Community Hospital in Torrington.

Butch was born in Norfolk, Va., the son of Harold E. and Audrey J. Vandre. He traveled with his family throughout the United States due to his father serving 22 1/2 years with the U.S. Navy.

Butch graduated from Rio High School in Rio, Wisc., in 1977. After graduation, he moved to Texas, where he started his career as a heavy equipment operator in 1978. He worked for several different construction companies from Texas to Wyoming and points in between.

In 1998 he met Carmen and they were married in Texas on Aug. 13, 2002. In 2004, they moved to Torrington and Butch went to work for McMurry Redi Mix, eventually becoming a supervisor, until an injury in August 2007 ended his career operating heavy equipment.

Butch was a very amazing, loving man. He was a wonder husband, brother, father, son, grandfather and uncle. He enjoyed each and every one of his family and friends.

Butch was always willing to lend a helping hand, even give a person a place to live and food to eat.

Butch spent his remaining years at home with his wife and family.

Butch is survived by his wife Carmen Vendre of Torrington, a brother Rick Vandre Sr. girlfriend Sheri Edwards of Poynette, Wisc., sister Chelly and husband Harry Menkhoff of Medicine Lodge, Kan., sons Harlan and Jamie Terry of Germany and Anthony and Bershadda Hernandez of Henderson, Texas, daughters Mareta and Brad Beaman of Torrington, Chelsea and Anthony Fabela of Torrington and Christina Garcia of Kilgore, Texas, six granddaughters Delany and Gianna Terry, Destiny and Jordan Beaman and Briana and Sadie Garcia, five grandsons Keenan and Urijah Fabela, and Jayden, Sean and Adrian Hernandez and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold E. Vandre, mother, Audrey J. Vandre and one son, Justin E Vandre.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Lighthouse Ministries in Torrington with Rick Carroll officiating.

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