Saturday, Jan 27, 2018
December 12, 1923 - January 15, 2018
Captain Andrew Serrell, age 94, died on Monday, January 15, 2018 at his home. Born in Dobbs Ferry, NY, he was the son of the late Harrison and Jeanne D’Metre Serrell. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 71 years, Beverly Ann Francis Serrell in 2015. Surviving, are his children, Geoffrey Serrell and his wife Julie of Reston, VA, Philip Serrell and his wife Carrie of Belair, MD, Laura Beahm and her husband John of Berlin, MD and Holly Fritts of Lewes, DE. He was an adored grandfather to seven grandchildren, Wesley Dellinger, Matthew Beahm, Hannah Serrell, Philip Serrell, Lauren Serrell, Mikayla Serrell, Harry Serrell, and three great-grandchildren, Ashley Dellinger, Michael Dellinger and Parker Beahm. Also preceding him in death was a brother, Philip Serrell.
Andy completed his student-pilot certificate in 1941 at the age of 17 and enlisted in the Navy directly after graduating from high school. He served his country for the next 32 years beginning in the Pacific Theatre in WW II after completing Naval Flight Training. Along the way he received his BS in Military Science from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s degree in Administration from George Washington University. He also studied aerial photography in preparation for aerial reconnaissance and was an air-intelligence officer in the Sixth Fleet under Admiral George Anderson. In 1962 Andy became commanding officer of VP-44 Squadron based in Patuxent River, MD. His squadron flew reconnaissance for President Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in Lockheed’s P-3 Orion antisubmarine and surveillance aircraft. He was tapped to go to the Pentagon in 1963 as Chief Briefing Officer to the Chief of Naval Operations. He received his final rank as Captain during that time. After retiring from the Navy in 1974, Andy joined the staff of White Engineering in their anti-submarine warfare division.
Andy became a lecturer for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Foundation in conjunction with opening “Ocean City Aircraft, Inc.” based at Ocean City Municipal Airport. From that base he operated his flight school and his aerial photography business, “Aviair”. He served several years as the President of the Aviation Association. Andy was able to maintain both his pilot and flight instructor licenses until the age of 90.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday January, 27th at 1:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin. Rev. Michael Moyer will officiate. Friends may call before the service. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. A donation may be made in his memory, to PBY Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 941, Oak Harbor, WA, 98239. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com . Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.