Andy the Goose grave marker.

Andy the Footless Goose

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Hastings, Nebraska

Died 1991

Pet Cemetery.

Because he hatched with stumps for feet, Andy could neither walk nor swim like other geese. So his caretaker, a local manufacturer and inventor named Gene Fleming, designed shoes for him.

Andy's fame was assured in 1989 when he appeared on "The Tonight Show," and he was featured in People magazine. He went on to make hundreds of appearances, delighting schoolchildren, especially disabled children for whom he was something of a role model.

Horribly, in October of 1991, Andy was kidnapped and murdered. Although his head and wings were missing when he was found, he died with his trademark boots still on. His neck apparently had been broken.

Who killed Andy? The sheriff's office was bombarded with tips and suggestions. Some thought that a disgruntled former employee of Fleming's might be responsible. Others thought the dismemberment pointed to a satanic cult. Andy fans sent in $10,000 in reward money, but the murderer was never found. Some locals wanted to use the cash to erect a statue of Andy in a local playground. Others said it could be put to better use. Hastings hosts an annual art fair, and the Chamber of Commerce has asked permission to invite participants to submit sketches of an appropriate monument. But the reward money remains in a local bank.

Sketch of Andy's shoes.

Before Gene Fleming passed away in 2000, Jan and Ed Fowler from Holdrege donated a large black granite monument to mark Andy's final resting place on the old Fleming farm east of Hastings. It is sandblasted with Andy's likeness, briefly tells his story, and mentions his media appearances in Reader's Digest, People magazine, and on the Johnny Carson Show.

Also see: Mascots | Roadside Pet Cemetery

Andy the Footless Goose

4389 E. Hadco Rd, Hastings, NE
Southeast of town, on the Army National Guard Training Site. Drive east on US 6 between two and 2.5 miles from downtown. Turn right at the Central Community College entrance, onto Technical Blvd. Drive two miles south, then turn left onto Hadco Rd/CR-72. Drive east about a half-mile. On your left will be four metal mailboxes. Turn left (north) onto the small driveway and drive until the road runs out. You will be in the front yard of the old Fleming farm, which is where the monument stands.
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