Andre’ LaGrone Haltiwanger was born on September 13, 1965, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Geraldine L. Haltiwanger and Donnie Ray Haltiwanger; he was the third of their three children. His parents, grandmother, Albirtha Long, and step-grandfather, Phillip P. Maddux preceded him in death.
Andre’ was raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Andre’ went to the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka when he was 7 years old. He received some special education and vocational training while attending KNI. Andre’ retuned to Kansas City, Kansas, to Bethpage in 1997, when he was 32 years old. In May of 2002, he remained in the same home, but with a new provider, Theresa’s Tender Care, taking over the home. In that same month, Andre’ also began attending ResCare Day Program, (where he continued attending until his death). Andre’ lived at that home until January 1, 2003 when he moved to a new home, and a new residential provider, ResCare. Since receiving residential services through ResCare, Andre’ has moved several times, at the time of his Homegoing, he was living in a home with his housemates Jason, Chris and James. Andre’ got along well with his housemates.
His hobbies included listening to music, bowling, going to the arcades, the Tee Bone’s games, attending picnics and cookouts, going to the movies, and going out to EAT. Andre’s favorite food was fried chicken. He loved eating at Golden Coral, and Chinese buffets, Andre’ especially enjoy spicy foods.
Andre’ helped out around the house, he was able to make his bed, and take out the trash independently. Andre’ was a Baptist and attend Church when the staff was available to take him (Thank You Ms. Brenda).
Andre; was non-verbal but was able to communicate through body language (gestures and facial expressions). Andre’ was very good at using his non-verbal cues to communicate his wants, needs, and desires.
Andre’ departed this life on December 24, 2018. He leaves to cherish his memory four brothers, Frederick LaGrone; Eddie Johnson; Albert Johnson; Patrick Haltiwanger, Sr. all of Kansas City, Kansas; two sisters, Diane Haltiwanger of Kansas City, Kansas and Lisa Bell (Sam) of Atlanta, Georgia; one aunt Merlene Franklin (Clarence) of Austin, Texas; three first cousins, 14 nephews, 11 nieces and a host of grand nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He is also remembered by one half-brother, Earl Swaggart, two half-sisters, Donna Roberts, Paula Cleveland all of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
God saw the road was getting rough; the hills were hard to climb. He gently closed your eyes, and whispered peace be thine. The weary hours and days of pain. The sleepless nights are passed. The ever patient worn out frame has found sweet rest at last. God saw that you were getting weary, so He did what He knew was best. He came and stood beside you; And whispered, “COME AND REST”