The Passing of OGT's Vice President/CEO
It is with a heavy heart that Orphan Grain Train shares the passing of Clayton Andrews: CEO and Vice President of Orphan Grain Train. Clayton died peacefully on September 15, 2016 with family by his side. Clayton was 96 years old and dedicated his life to Orphan Grain Train since its start in 1992. Clayton passed away on OGT’s Anniversary date of 24 years.
Clayton was owner of Andrews Van Lines, which shipped goods, general commodities and moved military families worldwide. In 1992, Rev. Ray Wilke, Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, returned from a mission trip to Latvia. Pastor Wilke witnessed the poverty people suffered and promised them that he would help. He asked Clayton, because of his shipping knowledge, if he would be able to help get a shipment to Latvia and Clayton said “Yes, we can do that”. Within a year, the first shipment of clothes and quilts shipped to Riga, Latvia and OGT was born.
Clayton helped fund and establish Hope for the Starving LLC, which facilitates Mercy Meals and other food packing programs to feed the starving worldwide. OGT has shipped over 10 million meals throughout the world. He donated several warehouses for storage of OGT donations. Mr. Andrews donated numerous semi tractors and trailers to OGT and was instrumental in starting OGT Logistics. He financially supported OGT privately in many ways, which are known only to him and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Orphan Grain Train has shipped to 65 different countries and 28 states with more than 2,654 full shipments delivered to date. Mr. Andrews was very dedicated and believed OGT was his “calling” in life with helping needy people in Third World countries and in the US. OGT staff and volunteers will truly miss him.
He is preceded in death by his wife Vivian and leaves behind two daughters, Jean and Jane, their spouses, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandsons.