NLJ Staff

Feb. 13, 1955–Nov. 11, 2022

Andrew N. Mitich was born on Feb. 13, 1955, to Pauline (Phillips) and Alex Mitich in Newcastle, Wyo. He graduated from Newcastle High School in 1974. While there, he played the trumpet in band, was in choir, played football, and was in one school play. Andy played the drums in his dad’s dance band every Saturday night and worked at the local grocery store after school. He met his future wife, Beverly Hawki, in his dad’s literature class when she was a freshman. They dated for five years and were married for 46.

Upon graduation, Andy was active in the Newcastle and Wheatland, Wyo., Jaycees. He was a member of the Weston County Special Deputies and was the only member who was allowed to carry his 44 mag. He enjoyed target practicing, reloading, hunting, fishing, music, and watching all Star Trek. Once married, Saturday nights had to be planned around the Star Trek television schedule for over 20 years. 

Andy worked as an auto mechanic for three years before being asked to be a service manager. In 1984 he won a trip to Hong Kong for being one of the top 10% of GM service managers in the Rocky Mountain region. He was Master Certified and had over 100 factory trainings. After leaving dealerships after over 30 years, Andy went back to school and got his Associate of Arts degree 30 years after graduating high school, and earned his bachelor’s degree a couple years later. He was an automotive instructor at Central Wyoming College when he retired. 

Andy and Bev had three boys to whom he was completely devoted. He enjoyed teaching them the important things in life and how to enjoy life to the fullest. 

Andy is survived by his wife, Bev; his sons, Justin of Riverton and Jeremy (Jori); granddaughter, Emilie of South Weber, Utah; sisters, Alexis, Joni and Connie; brothers, Alex, Jim, and Mike; his Uncle Marvin and Aunt Ruthie; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son James, his parents, and extended
family members.

A celebration of life was held in Riverton on Nov. 19. A short graveside rite will be held at Boyd Cemetery next summer, when his ashes will be buried.


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