Andrew John Palko

Andrew John Palko, 63, was called and came running home to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 13, 2023. Andy was born in 1959 in Streator, Illinois. 

Andy joined the Marines in 1977 and was later stationed in Virginia. He was offered a job in the apprentice program for welding at NNSY. He graduated from the program in 1984 and retired in 2015. He proceeded to share his knowledge as a Welder Instructor at QED. 

Andy is survived by his wife, Tanya Palko, of almost 40 years; daughter, Megan Crabtree (Cory) and son, Drew Palko (Andrea); five grandchildren: Della, Lola, and Brennan Crabtree, and Noah and River Palko; sister, Sue Wenzel (Tom); brother, Danny Palko (Tammy).

He was an active member of Real-Life Christian Church since it was established. As a devoted follower of Jesus, he spent time uncovering God’s Word, sharing it with all those around him. Andy made it a priority that his family was rooted in faith and truth. He was also an avid boater who enjoyed quality time with his family and friends. As a family man, he enjoyed his grandchildren, who lovingly knew him as “Grandpy”.

His celebration of life will be held at 11:00am at Real Life Christian Church, on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Address: 900 Centerville Turnpike N, Chesapeake VA 23320.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Real Life Christian Church at ( Please share condolences with the family at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.