The family suggests memorials be sent to the Lake Morena Community Church c/o building fund, Primrose Drive and Sage Drive, Campo, CA 91906.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Bernardo "Benny" Andres, 96, of Brawley, who died Monday in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. The Rev. Evergisto Bernaldez of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Brawley will officiate.
Mr. Andres was born Aug. 20, 1904, in Bacaraca, Philippines. He was the son of Ancelmo Andres and Christina Yanuaria Andres. He sailed to Hawaii from the Philippines at age 17, where he began working for a dollar a day in the sugar cane fields.
He then worked in the naval shipyards in the San Francisco area during World War II. In 1947 Mr. Andres and his brother, Tony Andres opened the Panama Cafe in Brawley.
During the 1950s with Mr. Andres as a cook, the Panama Cafe was a meeting place to enjoy fine Filipino cuisine. He later worked as a steak and lobster chef at the South Gate, Las Palmas, Palm Palm, Town Pump and Adobe restaurants, all in the Imperial Valley. He married Agustina Burgueño in El Centro in 1967.
During his many years in the Valley, Mr. Andres contributed to the growth of the Valley's Filipino heritage through his participation as the Filipino Community Center's treasurer. He married Tina Andres in 1967.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Maxine Weston Andres.
Survivors include his wife, Tina Andres of Brawley; children, Maxine Henriques of Walla Walla, Wash., Benny Andres Jr. of San Diego and Vincent Andres of Long Beach, Miss.; grandchildren, Arlene and Lawrence Henriques, both of Seattle, Stephen and Margaret Henriques, both of Walla Walla, Benny Andres of Brawley, Denisia Chatfield and Eric Andres, both of San Diego, Roman Andres of Albuquerque, N.M., and Christine Andres of Providence, R.I.; brothers, Tony Andres of San Francisco, Florencio Andres of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and Vicente Andres of Honolulu; sister, Consolacion Andres of Kauai, Hawaii; step-brothers, Jun, Liborio and Elpido Andres, all of San Francisco; step-sister, Leticia Andres of San Francisco; stepchild, Yolanda Valdez of Brawley; and 14 great-grandchildren.