| Andrew Walker Colebank was born January 10, 1908 in Somerville, Tennessee to Ora
Octave and Frances Crawford Colebank. Andrew was only 6 years old when his mother died
from leakage of the heart. Andrew attended grade school in Williston, Fayette County,
Tennessee where his father taught. When Andrew was 14 the family moved to a dairy farm
near Germantown, Tenessee where they raised, bred and milked Guernsey cattle and
showed them at fairs. Andrew attended and graduated from Germantown High. Andrew was
a graduate of the University of Tennessee, majoring in agriculture. He received his
bachelor's degree with the class of 1931. He then went to work for the Department of
Agriculture in Washington D C as a marketing specialist. In 1935 he enrolled at the
University of Wisconsin and worked 3 years toward his PhD which he never received
because he did not write a thesis.
Andrew married Celia B. Blasezyk in Madison, Wisconsin on June 24, 1939. She was a
local girl, born November 21 in Dells, Wisconsin. Celia was a graduate of the University of
Wisconsin class of 1930 with a BA degree. In 1940 Andrew and Celia moved to the Chicago
area where Andrew had obtained employment as a federal milk market administrator. They
lived in Chicago, Elmherst, Downer's Grove and River Forest, Illinois. Andrew's military
service from 1943 to 1945 was the only interruption in his 32 years as milk market
administrator. Celia was in her 40s in 1960 when she returned to school to get her MA
degree in library science. She worked as a public school and small college librarian from
1960 to 1971.
Andrew was tall, 6' 2", about 170 pounds, good bone structure, and by Celia's testimony
handsome. His interests were golf, gardening, bridge, reading and sports spectating. Celia
shared Andrew's interest except for golf and they enjoyed traveling together.. They also
shared their Methodist faith in which they were active through their prime years.
When they retired in 1972, Andrew and Celia moved to San Antonio, Texas. Andrew lived to
be 76 without ever entering a hospital as a patient. He died suddenly of cardiac arrest at
home on November 17, 1984. Celia followed him in death February 22, 1994.
Andrew Walker and Celia Blasezyk Colebank had one child:
Robert Andrew Colebank - born April 18, 1943 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He
married Christine Bradley in September 1968. They had one son, Mark Vincent Colebank.
Mark married Lynn Thornton and they had children John Mark, Sarah and Jenna. Robert
died October 10, 2008 in New Braunfels, Texas.
|PETER COLEBANK, Father of
JAMES COALBANK, Father of
JANE COLEBANK HANEY, Mother of
THOMAS JEFFERSON COLEBANK, Father of
ORA OCTAVE COLEBANK, Father of
ANDREW WALKER COLEBANK