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Orient (Andy) Anderson Muse
January 30, 1930 - January 6, 2019

NEWTON, N.C. - Orient “Andy” Anderson Muse, 88, of Newton passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

He was born January 30, 1930 in Gotebo, Okla. to the late Lonnie Earl Muse and Ona Mae Ogle Stockton. Andy was a United States Navy Veteran, a member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton, a member of Catawba Masonic Lodge #248 in Newton and an Oasis Shriner. Andy’s career as a Heavy-Duty Mechanic/Welder, where he worked heavy construction and mining operations, took him and his family to places such as the Alaska Pipeline, the coal mines in Wyoming and Arizona and various other locations. He worked hard and also played hard. He was able to obtain his private pilot’s license in order to commute and travel in his own Cessna 172. He was an avid trap shooter, taking a Wyoming state championship one year. Other activities he enjoyed with his family were skiing, hunting, fishing, camping (mostly camping by motorhome). He was fortunate to visit all 50 states plus many wonderful National Parks and Lighthouses. He was a very supportive and loving father, to his daughter, Michelle and her many activities. He was the only one she could hear cheering her on during her competitive swimming races.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Ann Muse; brothers, Charles Muse and Ernest Muse; sisters, Willma Ruth Muse, Patricia Puccini and JoAnn Couto; brothers-in-law, Leslie Puccini, Tommy Couto and Elmer Leinaar.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 53 years Beverly Jean Phelps Muse of the home; his daughters, Michelle Yancey and husband Michael of Newton, N.C. and Paulette Kliewer of Kerman, Calif.; his sister, Vinnette Leinaar of Ocean Shores, Wash.; sister-in-law, Ann Muse of Ocean Shores, Wash.; grandson, Corey Kliewer of Kerman, Calif.; and many loving and supportive nieces and nephews.

We want to thank our wonderful Church Family at Friendship UMC and other very special friends including Vickie Stolns of Saratoga, Wyo. We also wish to thank Andy’s caregivers at Abernethy Laurels, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Kindred at Home and Carolina Caring for their outstanding services. He was grateful for the care he received from his primary medical physicians: Dr. Garland Hughes and Dr. Brian Steg.

A memorial service to celebrate Andy’s life will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton. Rev. David Hamlyn will officiate. Inurnment with military/masonic grave rites will follow in the church cemetery. A reception will be held in the Family Life Center following the inurnment.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 and Carolina Caring of Robinson Road, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

Condolences may be sent to the Muse family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, N.C. is serving the Muse family.

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