Gordon Andreasen, 85, father of SV woman
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 4:20 AM
The memorial service for Gordon Andreasen, 85, of Stewartville, will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating.
Mr. Andreasen died Thursday, March 28, 2013, of natural causes at his home.
He was born on Oct. 15, 1927, in High Forest Township, Olmsted County, to James and Ruth (Poppen) Andreasen. He grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville, attended country school and Stewartville High School, graduating in 1945. He served two years in the U.S. Army, serving overseas in Germany. Following his discharge in 1952, he returned to Stewartville, where he was employed at All-American Co-op and as a bulk tank driver for Greenway Co-op, both in Stewartville.
He was married on Oct. 25, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland, Minn., to Elsie I. Krueger. The two lived in Stewartville before moving to rural Stewartville where they farmed for a number of years and raised their children. Mr. Andreasen owned and operated a feed milling and grinding business for a number of years. In later years Mr. Andreasen was employed as a custodian in the Stewartville School District and drove school bus. Mrs. Andreasen was employed at Rochester Equipment and was then employed in the accounting department with Olmsted County for a number of years. After retiring, the Andreasens moved to a lake home near Park Rapids, Minn., enjoying 16 years there. They moved to Mankato for a time before returning to Stewartville.
Mr. Andreasen was a past member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and Park Rapids. He also was a member of the Stewartville V.F.W. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, woodworking, cribbage and having dogs as pets. He enjoyed time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters and one son, Richard (Janine) of Mankato, Gwen (Randy) Stier-Freitag of Spring Valley, and Barbara Andreasen of St. Louis Park, Minn.; three grandchildren, Ella Andreasen, Gabriel (Lisa) Stier, Christopher (Leah) Stier; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Nathaniel and Aiden; his sister, Jane Hoeft of York, Neb.; and brother, Norbert Andreasen of Chatfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister-in-law, Arlene Andreasen, and brother-in-law, the Rev. Robert Hoeft.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. A private family burial will take place at a future date.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.