Andrew Wharram
April 9, 1983 - August 2, 2015

Andy Wharram son of Robert L. & Peg (Paige) Wharram, died suddenly of natural causes in his home at the Woodward Resource Center on Sunday August 2, 2015 at the age of 32.  He was born on April 9, 1983.  Andy lived on the family century farm near Stanley, Iowa in his childhood. Andy had developmental disabilities that required extra care which led to his placement in a group home/congregant living facility. Andy had lived at the Woodward Resource Center (a state run facility) since August of 2000. At WRC Andy thrived and was able to manage with help from a loving staff. He was happy living at WRC. The staff and peers became like family. Andy enjoyed being outside. He loved hiking, biking, and even some winter sports.  It was heartwarming for his parents to know that he was healthy, safe, and developed many friendships.

Andy’s parents are truly thankful for the many family, friends, neighbors, school personal, and staff members scattered all over Iowa who were truly concerned about his health and well-being. When his parents were greeted with a sincere earnest, “How’s Andy Doing?”, it meant that he had not been forgotten. Many of the same people would take time to make sure he was not forgotten at Christmas, his birthday, or other special occasions.

In lieu of flowers his parents request that memorials be sent to The Family & Friends of WRC, Woodward Resource Center, 1251 334th Street, Woodward IA 50276. The Family & Friends is a private advocacy group that spends it’s resources educating government policy makers about the benefits of Iowa‘s Resource Centers. F&F of WRC also provides needed funds for celebrations and special projects to benefit the residents on the WRC campus. Bob and Paige also invite you to contact your elected officials about funding the “safety net” for individuals, like Andy, who need an extra level of care. The latter would be greatest tribute you could give for celebrating Andy’s life.

A celebration of Andy’s life is set for 2:00pm, Saturday, August 8, 2015 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Waverly, Iowa.  A lunch will be served the following funeral at the Eisenach Village Klubhaus. 

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Rose (Opperman) Hilsenbeck on April 30, 2017 at 4:41 PM said:

So sorry for your loss.
Robert Wharram on September 10, 2015 at 11:01 AM said:

Thank-you all, who have left notes on this web page. A month has passed, and some of the "fog" is starting to lift in our brains. But we will always have that "empty" feeling.
The Wharrams
Janet Swanson on August 12, 2015 at 7:11 PM said:

Bob, I am so sorry to hear about your son. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Susie Fairchild Jensen Ricchio on August 12, 2015 at 5:47 PM said:

Dear Paige and Bob, So sorry to hear of Andy's passing. Our most sincere sympathy for you and your family. Prayers to you all. Sincerely, Mark and Susie
Wayne & Marianne Maley on August 9, 2015 at 1:53 PM said:

We were greatly saddened to learn about Andy. Our prayers give thanks for the good years he had at Woodward and are with you, Bob & Paige.
Bill and Jeanne Baerg on August 7, 2015 at 9:52 AM said:

We just wanted to express our sadness at the passing of your son. It brings back memories at the Stanley Union Church.
Deborah Pitt on August 6, 2015 at 8:42 AM said:

My condolences to you. I am sorry you lost your son. I first met Andy while working as a teacher's associate at the Grandwood school on the WRC grounds. He was an enjoyable student. He had a good sense of humor also. By 2008, I became employed as an RN at WRC. To see how much he had grown and matured made me happy and proud of him.
Again,I am sorry for your loss. He will be remembered.
Jud Freeman on August 5, 2015 at 7:27 PM said:

Aunt Paige,
I am thinking of you and praying for Andy.
Jud
Jr & Deb McManigle on August 5, 2015 at 11:38 AM said:

Bob and Paige,

Please except our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the both of you.

Jr & Deb
Todd, Tina, David & Maggie Woodson on August 5, 2015 at 6:57 AM said:

Bob & Paige,

We are so sorry to hear about Andy! We remember him coming with you, Bob, to our house when he was a little boy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead! God bless!
Gail Treat on August 4, 2015 at 5:17 PM said:

Bob and Paige,
I am so very sorry to see that Andy passed away. I am keeping both of you in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God will bless you with His strength and comfort.

Fondly,
Gail

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