Our beloved father, grandfather, uncle and brother, Niles Andrus, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2006, surrounded by family. Niles was born in Holladay, Utah, to Raymond Orson and Carrie Christensen Andrus. He was part of a large family, the sixth of nine brothers and sisters and was preceded in death by four of his brothers; he has one brother living in Alaska and three sisters residing in Salt Lake City.
Niles was raised in Holladay, where he attended Granite High School and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in mining engineering. He served his country during WWII for three years as a supply sergeant in Assam, India. Niles married Constance Mae Cox on Friday, May 13, 1949, and together they raised eight children.
Niles’ career as a mining engineer spanned more than 40 years and culminated with Andrus Construction and Mining Corporation, which he started with his sons. His career took him to various locations throughout Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming Colorado and Guatemala, his wife Connie by his side.
He was the general manager of Park City Mining Company for 11 years where he became a leader in the community and had a tremendous influence on the development of the mining and resort operations between 1964 and 1975. During that time, he re-established the Park City Chamber of Commerce and served as its President for a number of years and was instrumental in the development of the Park City Community Park. He became Vice President of American Nuclear Corporation in Casper, Wyo. where he stayed until moving to Cripple Creek, Colo., where he managed the Levon Resources Gold Mining operation until retiring back in Utah.
He enjoyed traveling, walking, home improvement projects, and spending time with his large family.
He is survived by eight children: son Niles Christian (Debbie), son Terry, daughter Lori, son Brian (Sarah), son Michael Rory, son Robert (Cheryl), daughter Frances and daughter Rose; 11 grandchildren: Joel, Michael, Mitchell, Eric, Sam, Aliya, Natasha, Niles, Arianna, Riley and Ethan; sisters Gwen Pierce, Carol Hartle, and Beverly Handy and brother Gary (Shirlene). He is preceded in death by his wife, Connie, with whom he spent 48 full and wonderful years, his parents and brothers Don, Kirk, Buddy and Steele.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 8, 2006, 1 p.m. at Garner Funeral Home, 1001 11th Avenue, Salt Lake City, with a viewing prior to services at noon. Interment will be in Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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