GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 14-year-old boy who died in a car crash last week was laid to rest Monday, the day he would have started high school.
His funeral service was at Trinity Lutheran Church off of E. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids. A luncheon followed at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
Andy wanted to become a pilot and would have started freshman year at the West Michigan Aviation Academy this week. He loved soccer, baseball and golf.
He was also a gifted singer and member of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys.
“He was just such a standout that from day one, he jumped into the performing chorus,” Scott Bosscher, the music director for the choir, said.
Bosscher said Andy quickly became a star, adding he found peace and happiness in song.
“Everything he always did was musical. He just had a gift,” Bosscher said.
His mother remembered Andy as an “amazing, amazing boy” as she shared cellphone video of him singing “Away in the Manger” with the choir.
She said that she was in such awe listening that she didn’t start recording until the last verse. Through tears, she and her husband, along with fellow mourners, sang the same verse at the luncheon.
Andy’s mom said that recently, he had been obsessed with his dad’s podcast going viral. She is now asking people to share the solo video so that Andy can go viral, sharing his voice with the masses.
Memorial contributions in Andy’s name may be made to:
Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys
P.O. Box 6152,
Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6152
The crash remains under investigation. Authorities are looking into whether it was caused by distracted driving.