There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, January 23, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, at the Washington High School auditorium in Cherokee, with a tribute at 2:00pm.
There will be a family gathering on Saturday, from 9:30am to 10:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City, followed by a graveside memorial service at 10:45am, at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City, with the Rev. Harlan Van Oort officiating.
Peter was born on January 15, 1941 in Orange City, the son of Dick and Annie (Van Gelder) Andringa. He was raised and had his early schooling in Orange City.
After graduating from high school, he first attended Dordt Junior College in Sioux Center and then graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After attending Calvin Theological Seminary for a brief time, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Northwestern College in Orange City.
"Mr. A", as his students called him, was a completely-devoted Iowa high school English teacher, first at Sioux Center High School, then at Rockwell City - Lytton, and finally in Cherokee, where he spent most of his career working with the students of Washington High School. He especially enjoyed coaching the activities involving speech and drama.
Peter also loved music, gardening, reading, and everything associated with Christmas. Finally, he had a kind-hearted concern for all animals, especially his cat, Merlin.
Survivors include a sister, Jeanette De Groot, of Orange City; a brother-in-law, Delmar Netten, of Pella; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Van Heuvelen, and her husband, Ben; and Renzella Netten: two brothers, Marion Andringa, and his wives, Harriet Jean and Alma; and Raymond Andringa, in infancy: and a brother-in-law, Clarence De Groot.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Peter Andringa Scholarship Fund, Post Office Box 801, Cherokee, Iowa 51012.
You may express your sympathy at www.oolman.com.