Honoring a Legacy


Remembering Andy Hovanes, A Pillar of Andy’s Towing and the Community

As we reflect on the life and legacy of Andrew “Andy” R. Hovanes, one of the former owners of Andy’s Towing, our hearts are filled with a blend of sadness and pride. This week, we paid tribute to a man who was not just a business owner but a true pillar of our community. Andy’s final ride on Monday was not just a procession; it was a testament to the impact he had on all of us here at Andy’s Towing and beyond.

Andy’s Enduring Impact

Andy, along with his brothers Jerry and Steve, operated Andy’s Towing in St. Cloud until 2006. Under their stewardship, the business grew, but more importantly, it embodied values of service and dedication. Andy was a respected member of the Minnesota Towing Association, Wisconsin and Iowa Towing Associations, and took immense pride in being part of the Towing Hall of Fame. His commitment to service was evident in his long-standing involvement with the Sauk Rapids Fire Department, where he served in various roles, including Chief, for many years.

A Community’s Heartfelt Goodbye

On Monday, as a fitting farewell, tow truck operators from across the area and state gathered to honor Andy. The sight of numerous tow trucks in Central Minnesota was not just a mark of respect; it was a symbol of the unity and brotherhood that Andy always fostered in our community. His spirit of camaraderie and collaboration has been a guiding light for us at Andy’s Towing.

The Legacy of Andy’s Towing

Andy’s Towing, a business that has stood strong for over 75 years and now boasts more than 40 trucks in its fleet, owes much of its ethos to Andy’s vision. Located on Lincoln Ave in St. Cloud, we have always strived to reflect the values that Andy held dear—reliability, excellence in service, and a deep connection to the community.

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Reflecting on a Life Well-Lived

The overwhelming response on social media by residents wondering about the numerous tow trucks in the area was a heartwarming reminder of Andy’s widespread influence. He wasn’t just a business owner; he was a friend, a mentor, and a leader. He touched many lives, both through his professional work and his relentless community service.

Carrying Forward Andy’s Spirit

As we continue to move forward, Andy’s legacy remains a cornerstone of our identity at Andy’s Towing. We are committed to upholding the standards he set, serving the community with the same passion and dedication he exemplified. His journey may have come to an end, but his spirit lives on through each service we provide, every hand we lend in times of need, and in the lasting bonds we’ve formed in the community.

To our beloved Andy, you may have left us, but your legacy is everlasting. Your final ride may have been on Monday, but your journey with us continues in spirit. Rest in peace, Andy. You will always be a cherished member of the Andy’s Towing family and the community you served so selflessly.

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