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.