John Peter Andreasen, 91

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John Peter Andreasen, better known to all who knew and loved him as “Jack,” passed away in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on February 22, 2017 at the age of 91, surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was born on December 26, 1925, in Mound, Minnesota. He graduated from Mound schools and served his country during WWII. After his service, he attended college at the Minneapolis School of Music (now the MacPhail Center for Music) where he met Carol. They were married in Crookston, Minnesota on September 1, 1948. Shortly afterward, Jack began his teaching career at Mound High School. Within just a few years, he was asked to develop a band, choir, and classroom music program at Shirley Hills Elementary and spent the rest of his teaching career there.
Although Jack could play any instrument he was handed, the instrument he was best known for was the trumpet. When he wasn’t teaching, raising his family, or serving his community, he was playing in bands throughout Minnesota. He was Commander of the Mound American Legion for many years, elected to several terms as a Mound councilman, and directed Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church choir. After leaving education in 1970, Jack and Carol ran a printing business in Mound and eventually moved to the Comfrey area where they published the Comfrey Times and Darfur Gazette well into their eighties. Jack and Carol were very active in the Bishop Whipple/St. Cornelia’s Episcopalian Church of Morton. He became a deacon of the church and was responsible for introducing hymns in the Dakota language into the service.
Jack’s life was full of fun, hard work, and music. Everyone who knew him commented on his infectious laugh. He was a tomato “fiend” who also loved learning new things, playing cards, reading, gardening, and traveling. Jack will be deeply and forever missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. The music of Heaven is glorious now that he has arrived.
He was preceded in death by Carol, his beloved wife of 64 years; his parents Peter and Rose; sister, Margarethe Vanecek (Bob); and brother Raymond. He is survived by his children, Barbara Riddle (Merle); John (Yancey Thrift); Christine Hamilton; and Peter (Cathleen); his granddaughters, Samantha Nissen (Jason); Courtney Wozniak (Todd); and Heather Hamilton, as well as seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Betty Miner of Tustin, CA; Rosemary Parker (Bill) of Burnsville, MN; and Vernon Andersen (Shirley) of Spring Park, MN, as well as many nieces and nephews.

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