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Andris “Andy” Baltins

Andris “Andy” Baltins

CALLAO—Andris “Andy” Baltins, 80, of Callao, passed away on September 6, 2023.

Andy was born on August 7, 1943, in Riga, Latvia. Shortly after his birth, his family was forced to flee their home country, living as refugees on the run until the end of World War II.

In 1950, after five years of living in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany, the family immigrated to the United States under the Displaced Persons Act of 1948. Crossing the Atlantic on a Liberty ship, they came through Ellis Island, then on to Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and finally settling in Silver Spring, Maryland.

While in high school and college, Andy worked in supermarkets and after graduating from the University of Maryland, he chose to make that his career.

In 1967 he married his high school sweet heart, Patricia.

In 1968, he was drafted into the Army and proudly served as a medic in the 44th Medical Brigade in Plaiku, Vietnam.

Upon his return from Vietnam, the couple moved their young family to Gambrills, Maryland. There, Andy continued his work in the supermarket industry; managing stores and territories for Grand Union, A&P and Superfresh. In 2005 he retired; however, he was not finished working.

After retirement, Andy remained active and committed to serving his community and adopted nation. He enjoyed volunteering as an Anne Arundel County Police Reserve Officer and, after moving to Callao, as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 3-10, culminating as flotilla commander in 2019.

When not busy pursuing his career or volunteering, Andy made time for his favorite past times. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid skier and mariner. Participating in these activities with his family brought him the greatest joy of all.

He leaves behind his wife, Patricia; his two sons, Arnis (Diane) and Aleksandrs; four grandchildren, Alise (Dalton) Quinn, Elina Baltins, Michael Sterling and Jaden Stephens; and two brothers, Aldis Baltins and Maris Baltins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthurs Baltins and Xenia Kinder.

In accordance to his and his family’s wishes; there will be no funeral service and a private memorial will be conducted at a later time.

Welch Funeral Home of Warsaw handled the arrangements.

Rappahannock Record Staff
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