Andrew Nicholas Kandis

Born: Tue., Jan. 15, 1924
Died: Wed., Jul. 12, 2017


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 18, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Tue., Jul. 18, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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 Andrew N. Kandis

Jan. 15, 1924 - July 12, 2017

GRANGER - Andrew Nicholas Kandis, 93, of Granger, Indiana, passed away in his home on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 5:00 a.m. He was born to Cleopatra and Nicholas Kandis on January 15, 1924 in South Bend, Indiana. He grew up in LaPorte and graduated from high school there in 1942. In 1933 he moved to Greece, where he lived for two years with his mother and brother in Tripolis, in the Peloponnese, visiting Athens and grandparents in Kandyla, learning Greek and attending school there. Back in LaPorte, he became a Boy Scout, had a paper route and ran track and cross country in high school. His only sibling, 12 year-old brother James, passed away in 1940.


Andrew attended Purdue University for a semester and then enlisted in the Army Air Corps in March of 1943. After flight training he received his wings and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1944 in Victoria, Texas. Following combat training in Florida he was sent overseas, joining the 316th Fighter Squadron, part of the 324th Fighter Group. Based in Italy, Corsica, and then France, he flew 101 missions in his P-47D Thunderbolt. While these were mostly ground attack flights, he became one of a small number of American pilots to shoot down a German Me-262 jet fighter.


After the war he enrolled at Indiana University, where he was a member of Acacia Fraternity and graduated in June 1949 with a degree in business and chemistry. He married Phyllis Roberts in LaPorte on August 29, 1948.


After graduation, Andrew joined the Upjohn Company as a manufacturer's representative. However, with the Korean War he was recalled to active duty by the Air Force as a captain in 1951. He flew C-46 transport cargo planes out of Columbus, IN, and eventually transferred to a fighter unit flying P-51's in Knoxville. His unit was sent to England, where he flew F-84 jet fighters from Manston airbase, near Dover. His wife joined him in England, and while other families lived on base they found housing on the North Sea, in a village called Cliftonville, where they enjoyed getting to know the English people and life. He was a flight commander and instructor. Andrew returned home in November 1953 because of the death of Phyllis' mother, bringing with him his English two-seat MG sports car. Leaving active military duty, he stayed in the reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1984.


Andrew went back to work with Upjohn, living in South Bend. In 30 years he made many lasting friends in the medical community. He and Phyllis were blessed with two daughters in 1954 and 1955. His father died in 1963, and his mother in 1999.

He was a skilled photographer and developed his own photos, particularly for family and friends. A strong believer in physical fitness, he led an exercise program at the YMCA well into his 80's. After retirement from Upjohn in November 1983 Andrew and Phyllis enjoyed traveling to Europe and particularly to visit their daughter and grandchildren in Hawaii.


Andrew was preceded in death by his loving wife, Phyllis, who died on June 22, 2010. He is survived by two daughters, Carol (Rex) Roeder of Indianapolis IN and Constance (David) Gregson Kakalia, of Kapaa HI. He also has three grandchildren, Lokahi (Justin) Vernon of Portland OR, Andrew (Kelly) Kakalia, and Liana Kakalia of Kapaa, HI. He has five great grandchildren, Kiana and Kaleo Vernon, Clifton and Eli Kakalia, and Makani Furugen.

Andrew's funeral service is set for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, Granger. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. A luncheon following the burial will be held 4:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1501 W. Cleveland Road, South Bend. Contributions may be made to the donor's choice. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

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