In high school he played the cello, enjoyed sports, and was involved in youth political groups. Brian loved adventure, from working on a ranch in Australia to island hopping in the South Pacific and travelling the world. He attended Church College of Hawaii, where he enjoyed scuba diving. He also served a mission in Sweden.
On Jan. 25, 1972, he married Helena Mirjami Ponkanen of Joensuu, Finland in the Los Angeles Temple. He played rugby at Brigham Young University and graduated in business in 1972, and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1975. Brian and Helena had three daughters and four sons and lived in California, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, and Arizona. He moved to southwest Missouri in 1977 and returned later to Pierce City, where he lived until his death. He was a member of the Pierce City Arts Council.
Brian was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A bright, creative man with diverse friends and interests, he loved to read, design, plan, and create. He was an entrepreneur, an innovator, and an artist. Brian was a member of the California and Arizona Bar Associations. He loved life and humanity and was always fun and positive. He was very proud of his family and loved them very much. They were his greatest achievement. He will be sorely missed by his children, grandchildren, friends, and family.
Brian is survived by children, Karina Andelin (Karl) Brown, of Nibley, Utah, Tami Andelin (David) Owen, of Draper, Utah, Clark Olavi (Jessica) Andelin, of Mexico, Mo., Tanya Andelin (Dave) Gibson, of Baltimore, Md., Todd Olavi Andelin, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Joseph Olavi (Ivonne) Andelin of Draper, Utah, Brian Zachary Andelin, of Provo, Utah, and 20 grandchildren. He is also survived by Helena P. Andelin, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and siblings, Lane Andelin, of Springville, Utah, Dixie Forsyth, of Springfield, Mo., Kristine Hales, of Boise, Idaho, John Andelin of Williston, N.D., Virginia Leavitt, of Pierce City, Mo., Paul Andelin, of Pierce City, Mo., Merilee Saunders, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and their families. Brian was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Highway 37 and Circle Drive, Monett, Mo. Interment will be at the cemetery on the family farm. Funeral arrangements by Lakin Mortuary.
Thanks to Dr. Cunningham and staff at Oncology Hematology Associates in Springfield, Mo.; Mercy Hospital Aurora; his brother, Dr. Paul Andelin; his sister, Virginia Leavitt; and all nurses and staff who cared for him so kindly, including those at Cox South Hospital and Mercy Hospice.
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