August 10, 2017
- 2:00 PM
August 10, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Andrew J. Pedersen, 69, passed away Sunday evening, August 6th, 2017, at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND from cancer, surrounded by family and his best friend, Roland.
Andy was born on October 6, 1947, on a farm near Harvey, ND to Vigo E. and Mary M. (Thomas) Pedersen. He was the fourth of seven children. The family moved to Fargo in November of 1953. Andy graduated from Central High in 1965. His first job was at K-Mart Foods in 1964. He traveled South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota for over thirty years selling after-market automotive accessories. He currently worked at Luther Family Buick – GMC. Andy had a strong work ethic and believed in treating people fairly and with respect.
Andy and Deb Arends eloped in Watertown, SD on June 30th, 1979. They had just celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. They raised their three children: Brenna, Brooke and Joe in Fargo.
Andy loved the state of North Dakota. He especially loved The Badlands and our “Ranchers” where he went on many successful mule deer hunts with family. Andy enjoyed muskie fishing and detailing cars. He loved going to all the car shows with his buddy, Roland and seeing all the ’70’s cars. Andy was a huge fan of the Vikings, Twins, Bison and NASCAR. Andy made great meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy. He loved cooking for his family. Andy loved being “Papa” to his granddaughter and best friend, Paige; he loved tickling, coloring, reading and just snuggling with her in his big chair.
Andy is survived by his wife, Deb; daughter Brenna ( Nick) Wasche, GA, daughter Brooke, Fargo and son Joe, Fargo. He is survived by three grandchildren; Paige Pedersen and Lily and Quinn Wasche. He is survived by his siblings; Linda (Ron) Johnson, Watertown, SD, Elaine Pedersen, Fargo, Vigo (Jan) Pedersen, West Fargo. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Dick Gutknecht and several nieces and nephews and his critters Leo, Kota and Phillip.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Evelyn Guktnecht, Bernie Lavin and Pam Fowler.
Andy requested that everyone come casually dressed – “Jeans and a polo shirt are just fine with me.”