Russell Andersen

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Russell Curtis Andersen, 71, Nevis, MN, formerly of Fargo, passed away on April 5, 2014.  Russell was born March 9, 1943 in Fargo, ND to Russell and Rose Andersen.  He grew up in Fargo and Maddock, ND.  He graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1961.  He graduated from Wahpeton State School of Science. 

Russell married Lucinda Folwick on August 24, 1963 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo, ND.  Russell was employed with LJA in Fargo, where he designed many industrial projects and various industrial piping systems.  In 1975, Russell and Lucinda moved to Bismarck and Russell was employed with Basin Electric.  While at Basin, Russell monitored the construction of the Headquarters building, and captured all the design and construction documents for the Unit 2 of the Leland Olds Station.  He was one of the first people on both the Laramie River Station and Antelope Valley Station sites.  Russell retired from Basin Electric in April of 1995.  During his time in Bismarck he was active and supported his children throughout their schooling by attending numerous sporting events and band and choir concerts.  Russell served as the President of the St. Mary’s Central High School Parents Music Association.  He also enjoyed taking his family on numerous trips thought out the U.S. and Canada.  After retirement from Basin Electric, Russell worked for the United Conveyor Corporation selling and designing ash handling systems.  He was an avid supporter of both coal and lignite.  Russell also worked for GPM, Inc. designing pump systems.  He so enjoyed working with the wonderful and talented people there, he made lasting friendships and was proud to be part of the GPM family. 

Russell and Lucinda retired to a home on Lake Belle Taine near Nevis, MN.  Russell was extremely devoted to taking care of Lucinda while she suffered from Alzheimer’s for over 10 years.  Even after her move to the nursing home, he spent every day with her, feeding her every meal, reading to her, and holding her hand.  Russell loved the lake and Northern Minnesota.  He became active in the Belle Taine Lake Association, was a member of the Family Board at Heritage Living Center and an active member of the local gun club.  Russell loved to socialize: he had many weekly coffee clubs and enjoyed being part of an all men’s singing group.  He was an avid reader and still enjoyed doing drafting projects.

Russell’s greatest joy was his granddaughter, Kennedy.  From pushing her on the swing he made for her, to cheering her on at one of her many sporting activities, sending her fun text messages, congratulating her on her many academic achievements, and just a few months ago being there to turn her class ring.  He was so proud of all she has accomplished.  Kennedy will miss her cheerleader, her Papa.

Russell is survived by his daughters: Lizabeth, Fargo ND; LeAnn (Mike) Hunke and granddaughter, Kennedy, Glenwood, MD.  He is also survived by his sister, Linda Hazel, PA and his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lucinda and his parents.

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  1. Bismarck North Dakota
    I got a great shock this afternoon when I met a fellow Basin Electric retiree at a local clinic and he asked if I had heard about Russ Andersen. I told him I had been in email and telephone contact with Russ recently to ask if he would be interested in working with my son-in-law, who intends to build a house in Bismarck. Russ agreed, and the young man drove from Ortonville, Minnesota
    to Russ’ home in Nevis and the two of them spent some hours discussing the project.

    Then I asked the retiree, “What about Russ?” and he said Russ had died and the funeral had been held. I couldn’t believe my ears.

    Russ was a phenomenal worker and designer, as I learned during my years with Basin Electric in Bismarck. He was one of the most interesting people I have ever known. Just knowing that Russ has died has really deeply affected me and everyone who knew him. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. Detroit Lakes MN
    To all of you as family, I was so sorry to read of Curt’s death. It was like reading part of my history. Curt’s sister, Linda, was my best friend as we grew up in Fargo and often had Curt as the older brother to pester us. Curt’s parents’ home was my second home. As I read of his love for Kennedy, I could see his smile.
    Sending you all loving thoughts.
    Linda Schell

    Liz I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Father. I know you two were very close. I never met your Father, but you shared a lot with your friends about his life. I hope you can find peace in the wonderful memories.

  4. Nevis MN
    Oh, Russ, we will miss you so very much. A helpful friend, a joyful man, a sharer of wise knowledge, a wonderful dinner companion, a neighbor in the truest sense of the word, a great listener and confidant when one just needed to talk. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love, Tom and Marilyn.

  5. Baldwin North Dakota
    I was saddened to read of Russ’s passing. We spent a lot of time on const projects at Basin Elec and at Lignite conf. I missed our time after he moved to Minn. Prayers to family.

  6. Maddock ND
    Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Russell was in my Sunday School class when he was a very young boy. His folks were very good friends of the older Rasmussens. We also shared some of the same relatives. God bless.

  7. Phoenixville PAMy Uncle Curt was one of the best uncles a girl could ask for. One of my favorite memories of him was the great mouse hunt at Lake Superior when the mouse got just a little too friendly with Curt while trying to escape certain death!
    Curt always knew where to find the best piece of pie or best meal anywhere you were going, and he was always happy to share that information in preparation for your travels. He gave the best hugs and always had a smile to share as well as a story to tell.
    We’ll miss you! Please make sure to give Auntie Lou a big hug and kiss from us!

    Love, Sarah

  8. Bismarck ND
    We are very sorry. Curt’s obituary is a fine tribute to an outstanding individual who enjoyed life and the challenge of his work – but above all came his wonderful Lucinda and their daughters, Liz and LeAnn, followed by son-in-law Mike, and granddaughter, Kennedy. Oh, how he loved each of you! We will all miss his warm smile and the annual Christmas update! Blessings, thoughts and love, Bernie and Mel Jacobs

  9. Bismarck ND
    We are very sorry to hear about russell’s death. He was truly a fine gentleman and it has been our honor and pvivilege to have known Russell and to have been allowed to be involved in his care over the past years.

  10. Bismarck North Dakota
    Sad to see Russ pass on. It was my pleasure to have worked with Russ at Basin Electric. Russ was a mentor and a good friend who taught me well. May he rest in peace.

  11. Fargo ND
    Liz so sorry to hear about your father. I truly wish I could be there for you Friday. Please know you will be in my heart and soul. I am here if there is anything at all. God Bless you my friend.

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