Thomas Alvin Bandy, 89, Colby, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Prairie Senior Living Complex, Colby.

He was born July 20, 1925, in Calhoon, McMinn County, Tenn., to W.L. and Sarah (Swafford) Bandy. He graduated from high school in Cleveland, Tenn.

He moved to South Carolina, where he worked in ship building until he was 18. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II on the patrol craft tender USS Willoughby in the South Pacific.

He married Betty Jane Gates on Aug. 14, 1948, in Amarillo, Texas. After the war, he graduated from McMurry College, Abilene, Texas, and Iliff School of Theology in Denver with a master's of theology. He was a pastor at United Methodist churches in Texas, Colorado and Kansas before retiring in 1990, when he retired in Colby.

He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, Philip Bandy and wife, Debbie, Vallejo, Calif., Bruce Bandy and wife, Leatte, Colby, Brad Bandy, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Kirk Bandy, California; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Opal, Lois, Wiladene and Lucille; and a brother, Gene Bandy.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Colby; burial in Kansas Veterans Cemetery, WaKeeney.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Baalmann Mortuary, Colby.

Memorials are suggested to the church in care of the mortuary.

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