Andy Davis lived life with gusto
Andrew D. Davis was a man of many talents. He was a financial advisor, author, mentor, fundraise and volunteer. Andy was born on August 13, 1954 in Richland Center, WI. He was the youngest of seven children. The family moved to Kenosha, WI, where Andy attended St. Mark Elementary School, St. Joe’s High School, and Tremper High School, where he graduated in 1972. He was voted the most outstanding math student of his 800-member graduating class, an honor he remained proud of all his life.
Andy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BBA (Actuary Science) degree on May 25, 1977. He married his high school sweetheart, Rita, and the pair moved to Indianapolis, IN. where he began his actuarial career at American United Life Insurance Company (AUL).
After four years in Indianapolis, the couple moved back to Madison where he worked as a financial advisor at IDS Financial Services.
In the early 2000's, Andy became a partner in a new firm, adding offices in Reedsburg, Richland Center, Janesville and Rockton, IL. The company evolved into Capital Wealth Advisory Group, part of Ameriprise Financial. In 2017, he founded Remagiment Advisors, first under Ameriprise Financial Services, then under Commonwealth.
Andy passed away on Friday morning, January 6, 2023, following a 1 ½ year battle with prostate cancer. He fought courageously and never lost his positive attitude. Andy died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family.
Andy had many interests and passions. He was the author of a three-book series: Charlie’s Journey: A Leadership Fable. He also wrote and published Building a Fulfilling Aging Plan. Andy founded the Madison Youth Performing Arts Foundation (MYPA) with funds from his books.
Andy served on the Board of Directors for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp for many years. He worked as Executive Director during the 2004-2005 season, where he was instrumental in helping keep the group afloat financially. As part of this work, Andy and Rita hosted numerous international teens in their home and helped transform Brat Fest into the largest free music festival in the country.
Andy is survived by his wife Rita Davis (Schultz) of Verona, Wisconsin, daughter Nicki (Chris) Young of Brooklyn, Wisconsin, son Chad Davis (friend Miles Tschorz) of Detroit, Michigan, “son” Chewy (Yulia) Suzuki and their children Sofia and Kota of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and “son” Tyler Pollock and his daughter Tyasiah of Madison, Wisconsin.
He is also survived by brothers Dick (Sue) Davis of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Ken (Lavonne) Davis of Muskego, Wisconsin, sisters Edie (BJ) Shannon of Scottsdale, Arizona and Ginny (Ed) Scruggs of Alpharetta, Georgia. Additionally, he’s survived by his mother-in-law Sylvia (Wilson) Shierk of Kenosha, WI, and many wonderful nieces, nephews, countless friends, and his special drum corps “kids” worldwide. He was preceded in death by his father Charles (Chick), mother Mary, brother Bill, sister Mary Ellen Burke, and nephew Darren Burke.
A service to celebrate Andy’s life was held Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Nakoma Golf Club, 4145 Country Club Drive, Madison, WI.