Friends and family gather at EQC to celebrate milestone birthday

  • Friends and family came out to the Emerald Queen Casino to celebrate the 100th birthday of a beloved uncle, father, brother, cousin and friend, Andy Query. (Photo By Kate Burrows)

  • (Photo Courtesy of Janice Sterud)

  • (Photo Courtesy of Janice Sterud)

  • (Photo Courtesy of Janis Sterud)

When Andy Query turned 100 there was much reason to celebrate, but he admits he did not do all that much to earn the praise he received during a party at Emerald Queen Casino on Sept. 23. "My secret is that I got up out of bed every morning, and kept doing that 36,428 times," he laughed. "And here I am!"

Described by his son, Dale, as "a true gentleman," Andy spent much of his youth skiing, camping, clam digging and staying active in a variety of ways. "It wasn't uncommon for him to catch a 50-pound King salmon," Dale said. "Fishing and golfing are two things he just loves."

As Puyallup Tribal Councilman Bill Sterud's uncle on his wife's side, Andy was born in Alderton and has lived in the area all his life.

Andy has found success in several different careers, as a grocery store manager and insurance underwriter. He also served in the Army in World War II in Okinawa and Saipan.

In his free time Andy has been an avid golfer, playing with the same foursome for more than 50 years. Although he has not been on a golf course in a while, today he enjoys spending time playing pinochle and poker with friends.


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