Redden Thaddeus Andress II died February 20, 2018, in Minden, Louisiana. He was born in Minden on August 7, 1932, and was the first child of Harry Carter Andress and Treeby Miller Andress. Minden was his lifelong home, and the home of members of his family since the 1840s.
Thad graduated as co-valedictorian of Minden High School in 1950. Then he went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the US Army Corporal Guided Missile Battalion