Stephen S. “Steve” Andrews

flagHOUSTON, TEXAS – Stephen S. “Steve” Andrews passed away peacefully on Sept. 15, 2016, from complications of a spinal cord injury. He was 67 years old.

Steve was born in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1948. He attended the University of Iowa High School, where he was a standout athlete, excelling in football and basketball. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1971 with degrees in political science and psychology. While in college, he was the commander of cadets in the United States Air Force ROTC program, where he earned the Governor’s Cup Award. He attended the University of Houston for law school, graduating in 1974. He served in the United States Air Force as an assistant judge advocate before beginning a 40-year career in private practice. His commitment to detail and control in the courtroom earned him a reputation as a top-notch civil litigator. In his later years, he ventured to the other side of the bench, serving as an associate municipal judge for the city of Spring Valley.

Steve was a beloved husband to his wife, Diane, whom he married in 1986. He was also a cherished father, an adored older brother, and a loyal and generous friend. Throughout his life, he enjoyed vacationing in Maine, reading – especially spy novels, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Steve is survived by his wife, Diane, his daughter Caitlin and son-in-law Ryan, and his daughter Bridget. He is further survived by his sisters, Catherine (Blake) of Seal Harbor and Elizabeth (Ron) of Tulsa, Okla., along with ten nieces and nephews and eight great-nieces and -nephews. He also leaves behind a large network of colleagues and friends.

Donations in his memory should be made to Friends of Acadia and their mission to preserve and protect Acadia National Park in Maine. Find them at


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