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Andrew Schaefer

March 22, 1935 - September 12, 2020

Visitation - Wednesday

September 16, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Prayer Service - Wednesday

September 16, 2020
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Mass - Thursday

September 17, 2020
- 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior

Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo

The services will be live streamed at the bottom of this page starting 15 minutes prior to each service.

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Boulger Funeral Home

Andrew Schaefer

March 22, 1935 - September 12, 2020

Obituary

Andrew’s Prayer Service can be viewed below starting at 6:30 P.M.:

Andrew J. Schaefer, 85, Fargo, entered the heavenly gates surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 12, 2020, following a lengthy cancer battle.

Andrew was born March 22, 1935, in St. Could, MN. Following high school graduation, he entered the Army and served in the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, KY. After his honorable discharge Andy worked as a tool and die maker.

On June 10, 1961 Andrew married Phyllis Hanson in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Mound, MN. They spent their early married years in Minneapolis, MN working and raising a family. Andrew and Phyllis, with their 3 daughters, moved to rural Moorhead, MN in 1973. Andy ran a family trucking business for 25 years. After retiring they moved to West Brook Village, Peoria, AZ where he enjoyed hiking, piloting his plane, traveling, and many community activities including a mean game of pickle ball.
Andy was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, beekeeping and hiking all terrains. He was happy to put his mechanic skills to work whether the problem be with a car, bike, chainsaw, or household appliance. He also enjoyed many hours cheering on the grandchildren in all their activities.

Phyllis died in 2010 and six years later Andy returned to Fargo residing at Riverview Place. He enjoyed the community and people at Riverview and was happy to keep them supplied with home-raised honey.

Andy is survived by children, Corinne (Kent) Busek, Deborah (Paul) Kukowski, Andrea (Tom) Balluff; grandchildren, Cade, Katherine, Carson Busek, all of Fargo; Emily, Jared Balluff, all of Nowthen, MN; siblings, Edmund (Joyce) Schaefer, Louise (John) Shaughnessy, Dorothy (Lee) Gilyard, Darrel Keske, and JoAnn Schmiesing. Andy was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; parents, Anna and Ben Keske; granddaughter, Carolyn Balluff; brothers, Willis Keske, Harold Keske, Palmer Keske; sister, Lorraine Paggen.

A prayer service will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. with visitation one-hour prior at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo, ND. The church requires attendees to wear masks. The services will be live streamed available on Boulger’s website. Burial will be at Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery, Mound, MN.

Memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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19 responses to “Andrew Schaefer”

  1. Ron Ragan says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing! I worked at Riverview Place and was always glad to spend a few minutes every day talking to him. I was always amazed when he talked about all his many hobbies and interests! Always busy, he seemed that he ” hit the floor at a full run, and never looked back”. A gentleman and all-round great guy…he will be missed!

  2. Peggy Schaefer Whitby says:

    What a great tribute to a wonderful man. I always chuckle when I think my dad learned to down hill ski in his 70s and would go with his older brother Andy. May your memories bring your family peace.

    Peggy Schaefer Whitby

  3. Robert Sauer says:

    Andy and I shared many hours together building airplanes, piloting our planes, playing pickleball and just hanging out together. His warm friendship will be sincerely missed. God Speed my friend, FLY HIGH!

  4. Sheila Tierney Jamieson says:

    Phyllis and Andy were a wonderful couple and so nice to be around. I always remember Andy with that fantastic smile on his face. They were so helpful to my parents Margie and Jim and Tierney when they all lived in Arizona; it meant so much to us.

  5. Frank and Jo Parker says:

    Frank and I were very saddened to hear of Andy’s passing. He was a wonderful friend. We always looked forward to our weekly card games and thoroughly enjoyed listening to many interesting stories of his life. He will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt sympathy to the Schaefer family.

  6. Jim Boulger says:

    Chad & Phyllis Osgood
    Phyllis and I are so sorry to hear about Andy passing and we hope the best for you, your sibs and all of the Schaefer family.
    Stay safe and healthy,
    Chad

  7. Jim Boulger says:

    Denice Osgood Gadacz
    So sorry to hear this. Sending love and prayers and hoping you will be comforted by all the wonderful memories of the times you shared.
    Love, Denice

  8. Jim Boulger says:

    Pam Osgood Ohman
    I’m so sorry for your loss, Doloris. I am picturing him smiling down on all of us, enjoying all the kind thoughts.
    Take care,
    Pam

  9. Jim Boulger says:

    Colleen Tierney Barta, Dan Barta & Family
    So sorry to hear about Andy. He was such a great guy! Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  10. Jim Boulger says:

    Maretta Tierney Clausen
    Thank you, Doloris. He’s been on my mind and remembering how helpful he was to our parents, especially Margie after Dad passed. He was special to us. Prayers for all of you. May he rest in peace with Phyllis.
    Maretta

  11. Jim Boulger says:

    Pat Tierney Crean
    Thank you for letting us know. He was a really nice person. Our sympathies to the family.

  12. Jim Boulger says:

    Geraldine & Gary Fiereck
    So sorry to hear this, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Jim Boulger says:

    Nancy & Kenny Fiereck
    Thank you for letting us know. So very sorry.
    Andy always had a beautiful smile.

  14. Jim Boulger says:

    Corinne and family,
    Sorry to hear that Andy has passed on to be with Phyllis and other family members and friends.
    We have such great memories of Andy. Hiking, playing cards, teaching me to ski @ 75 and the many other things that we did.
    Going down the Grand Canyon. We stopped for a break, we had our small back packs on, pulled out our snacks. Andy had a GI duffel bag . He said you don’t look like you have any thing to eat. He took out a loaf of bread and brick of cheese, started slice off. His duffel bag had tp weight 4 times what we had.
    So many fond memories. He loved his family, many trips back home to witness grand children events etc.
    So thank full we had the time togather. God bless.

    Al Dieterle

  15. Doloris Hanson Wood says:

    My Adventures with Andy Schaefer

    I was ten years old when I first met Andy in 1959 when he was dating my sister, Phyllis. He was handsome with dark hair, a wonderful smile, beautiful white teeth and drove an Edsel Convertible. I learned a number of valuable skills from Andy while I was still quite young. Apparently, I’m not the only one Andy taught to play poker. My Dad taught me the basics of poker while Andy enhanced my skills with his many tips & tricks. I still use his methods. After Phyllis & Andy married in 1960, I spent a week at their home in Monticello. This is where he attempted to teach me how to shoot a rifle. Jesu Christi! The gun was about as tall as I was and he’s talking me through this while he’s standing behind me making sure I followed his directions to a “T”. He had forewarned me about the “kick” and then helped me with my stance. Now, I’m ready for the next big step and when he said “shoot” I pulled the trigger. I don’t know if I hit anything but that gun kicked so hard that it shot me backward into Andy’s arms. He held me upright for a few seconds so I could get my bearings before I ran back to the safety of my sister. That’s the first and last time I ever shot a gun.

    A few days later I learned about dogs and hunting from Andy. My Dad had purchased a German Short-hair we called “Lady”. Even though Lady was my brother’s dog, I loved that dog. Every Saturday morning when I finished my cereal, I added more cereal and milk to the bowl to take out to Lady. She loved me! The day came that it was decided that Lady would be better off with Andy where she could run in the field and enjoy being a dog. One day while visiting, I was outside petting Lady when Andy came home from work. He parked the truck, shut off the engine, and came running to the back where I was petting Lady. He hollered out, “Hey, hey you can’t be petting Lady!” Well, I was shocked!! “What do you mean, I can’t pet Lady?!” Andy tried explaining to me that Lady was now a hunting dog in training so I couldn’t pet her anymore. Shocked and crying I went back to the safety of my sister once again with tears rolling down my cheeks. I believe Andy learned to never tell a 10-year old she can’t pet the dog she used to feed and love! I have to admit I deducted a few points on my “ratings sheet” for Andy until he made amends.

    The following summer we had a large family gathering at my parents’ house. The day started at the lake where we took turns riding on a homemade surf board behind my Dad’s new boat. I was ten and when it was my turn I was given Position #1 on the board and “Person #2” stood behind me manning the rope. After our ride around the lake, we were taken back to the dock where it was expected we would get off. “Person #2” let go of the rope but failed to throw it “over” my head which allowed the rope to tangle around my waist. I am now being pulled slowly by the boat with the rope tightening around my waist. Unfortunately, the people in the boat thought I just wanted to go for another ride and sped up. Andy was watching from the dock and immediately knew I was in trouble with the rope and understood my plight. Andy dove in, swam out to where I was behind the boat, and took control of me while getting me back to safety. From the time Andy took control of me until I was back on shore, I do not remember anything. All I know is Andy saved my life that day!! The “points” he lost over the dog were added back to his ratings sheet and then some.

    Andy helped me when I was young and I like to think I helped him after Phyllis died. I understood his loneliness and how he hated eating meals alone. We spent many hours on the phone during those years and while he was “trying to put something together” as he called it with a new woman he had met. He so badly wanted a special someone in his life but a long-standing relationship didn’t happen for him. I admired that he never lacked energy during this time and was always on the go investigating something unfamiliar to him and/or doing something he had never done before. Ya gotta wonder if he’s playing pickle ball, hiking, flying a plane, keeping bees, playing poker or making pie crusts using flour tortillas with his friends in Heaven.

  16. Tony Spiesz says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He will be missed by many.
    Sending thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time. Take care…..

  17. Sharon Witthuhn says:

    Was sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. We all enjoyed him while he lived here in Westbrook Village. He was fun to play cards with. and enjoyed him at various parties and dances. he was missed when he moved away. Peace to all of his family.

  18. Claude and Anita Sabino says:

    Anita and I will miss this great man. A friend and a neighbor he was also a mentor to us and so many in the neighborhood.
    Always dependable and a hand always out to help. He has now reached the ultimate goal in heaven which he so richly deserves. To his family you really were blessed with the perfect example of a parent.
    May he look down on us all and guide us with that big loving smile.

  19. Millie Sigona says:

    I remember the day when Andy drove me up to my Cabin at Stoneman Lake north of Sedona. We had a great day walking around the lake He like to walk. Sorry to here about your lost Will miss him especially playing hand and foot God bless you Millie Sigona

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