Dale C. Andreasen, 76, Fairview, MT
November 11, 2020
Dale C. Andreasen was born March 31, 1944 to Sigurd and Gladys (Kallevig) Andreasen in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dale was the 5th child of 12 kids (5 boys and 7 girls).
Dale spent his younger years working for his father in the family business (Bowie Industries) learning many skills as a welder/fabricator and machinist in Bowie Texas where the Andreasen family settled. Being a certified welder for the State of Texas at the age of 16 was a great accomplishment that he was proud of.
Education was important to him, but serving his country was more important. In 1962 he joined the United States Navy at the age of 18 and served his country for 6 years, which included 3 tours in Vietnam. During this time he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Barbara Strickland on July 21, 1965.
After his discharge Dale, Barbara and 1 daughter (Sherri) moved to Bridgeport, Texas where their second daughter (Cindy) was born. This was the start of Dales' oil patch career. Beginning in the trucking industry and eventually moving to the drilling rigs. From the bottom of the oil patch (worms corner) and finishing his career on the top as a consultant (with many job titles in between). To further his career in the oil patch the family packed up and relocated to Sidney, Montana in 1969. Working for a variety of oil field companies, to include Tom Brown Drilling. While working and living in Richland County, Dale and Barbara had two more children (Jerry and Michelle). Dale met and made many friends while being in the oil patch most becoming close as family.
After the slowdown of oil, the family relocated back to Bowie, Texas in 1978. While there, Dale furthered his education with a college degree in psychology and industrial arts. In 1981 with a promotion, the family ended up in Midland, Texas. In 1984, Dale's oilfield career came to an end with a severe back injury. In July of 1985, Dale and Barbara made the decision to make their retirement home in the Sidney and Fairview Montana area.
Dale's family kept him very busy with activities like derby cars, race cars, farming, fishing/camping trips and many other things. Dale was always the supervisor for his children and grandchildren with anything they needed.
Above all else Papa's biggest enjoyment was having all of his grandkids and great grandkids in his life.
Dale passed from natural causes on November 7, 2020 at the age of 76. Dale is survived by wife of 55 years, Barbara of Fairview, MT, daughters Sherri Fox of Fort Worth, TX and her kids Brittany Fox of Sidney, MT and Dylan Fox of Fort Worth, TX, daughter Cindy Andreasen (Kent) of Fairview, ND and her kids, Brenon Andreasen of Fairview, MT, Amanda Andreasen of Fairview, MT, and Jantz Payette (Jess) of Fairview, ND, son Jerry Andreasen (Jennie) of Fairview, MT and his kids Scott Andreasen (Brittany) of Fairview, MT, and Brett Andreasen (Bailee) of Fairview, MT, and daughter Michelle Judd (Jeff) and her kids Beau Andreasen of Sidney, MT, Dean Risinger of Fairview, MT, Payton Risinger of Fairview, MT. And great grandchildren Jaycee Iverson, Bennett Iverson, Ashlynn Payette, Corbin Payette and Paisley Andreasen. Sisters Betty Jackson, Judy Rhyne, Beverly Andreasen and Arlene Andreasen plus numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents Sigurd and Gladys, in-laws Ervin and Shirley Strickland, brothers Wayne, Earnie and Terry and sisters Diane Andreasen, Iona Truax and Sylvia Morton and sister in laws Sue Romine and Shirley Partridge.