Andy Nemec's Funeral and Family Support Fund

For: Beth Anne Hawkey
Organizer: Ronda Perks
of $25,000 goal
96% Complete
Raised by 178 donors
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The Story

As many of you have already learned, we lost a great guy on December 11th by the name of Andy Nemec.  What some of you might not know is the extreme challenges this family has faced, and will continue to face, as they deal with this unimaginable loss.

Andy had always been a hard-worker, oftentimes working 2-3 jobs to support his family. In the last few weeks of his life, he had been commuting back and forth between Los Angeles and San Diego to assist with Beth Anne's (his wife's) grandmother's ailing health and dimentia. As usual, Andy was the first to step forward when someone needed to clean out grandma's house and get her moved into assisted living. 

While Andy was commuting back and forth, kissing his six-year old twins as he would wake at dawn to drive North, news was received that Beth Anne's stepfather had passed of cancer. True to Andy form, he drove out to Valley Center immediately to be with his mother-in-law as she was grieving her husband's passing.  While staying with her at her home and helping to prepare the funeral services, Beth Anne returned to their home in San Diego with the twins to get them back for school the next day.  

The following morning, Andy's mother-in-law found him in bed.  He had passed in his sleep, likely of a heart attack.

The family has been coming together to not only console Beth Anne's mother and be with her for her husband's service this Sunday, but also to be together as the children are informed of the news and plans are being made for Andy's service.  He will be buried in Gillette, Wyoming, where Beth Anne and Andy first met some 30 years ago, near his buddies Dave Jackson and Lane Scott, who also passed far too soon.

Many of you have asked how you can help.  This fund is being put together to not only assist with all of the immediate costs associated with the service and transportation, but also the ongoing costs to keep all the kids in their schools and in their home.  This would mean so much to Beth Anne, as her greatest fear right now is how she will continue on without him and be sure that the kids are taken care of.

Thank you in advance for your compassion and assistance. Happy Holidays to all of you. Let's allow this very difficult time for the Hawkey/Nemec family to remind us all of how lucky we are to have our loved ones with us, and squeeze them a little tighter this holiday season.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 18, 2013

Posted on December 18, 2013

Wanted to pass along the obituary and all the updated information for Andy's viewing and funeral services:

Funeral Services for Andrew Thomas Nemec will be held at 1:00p.m., Friday December 20, 2013 at High Plains Community Church in Gillette, Wyoming, with Pastor Dan Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Gillette Memorial Chapel.

San Diego resident Andrew “Andy” Nemec, age 42 passed away peacefully in his sleep of a heart attack on December 11, 2013 in Valley Center, California. Andy was a great man who loved his family and worked hard to provide for them doing construction work. Andy attended most of his school years in Gillette and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1989. From 1989-1993, he was a Crew Chief on a UH-60A, UH-60E Sikorsky Blackhawk Helicopter in the US Army and served in the Gulf War.

Andy was an amazing man whose kindness and benevolence were experienced by all those who were lucky enough to know him, and frequently was the first on the scene in times of need. Andy’s hobbies included cooking, following the Minnesota Vikings, and exploring everything life had to offer him and his family. Andy’s passion for cooking was well known, and he would often spend hours in the kitchen inventing new recipes, which he would share with his family. Andy was an active member and usher at St. Paul’s church in San Diego, and actively participated in his children’s kindergarten class. Despite living in San Diego, Andy was always keeping in touch with family and friends from far away places, and would always make room in his schedule to chat with an old friend or far-away family member.

Andy is survived by his wife Beth Anne Hawkey of San Diego, California; his six-year old twins Palmer and Paxton Nemec also of San Diego, California; his son Patrick Hawkey who attends the University of California at Santa Barbara, his son Jason Nemec who lives in San Antonio, Texas, his parents LaVon and Tony Nemec of Gillette, his brothers Kevin and Jason Nemec of Gillette, and his sisters Toni Marjerison of Columbus, Montana and Bobbi Mitzel of Sheridan, Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers a fund for the children and family has been started at or can be sent in care of the family to Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 W. 5th Street Gillette, WY 82716 for those who would like to contribute or express their condolences. Condolences may also be sent via the internet at

Posted on December 15, 2013

Posted on December 15, 2013

Funeral services for Andy Nemec will be held Friday, December 20th at 1:00 in Gillette, Wyoming at the High Plains Community Church, 3101 W. Lakeway Road.  307-685-0044  

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