Geoff Andersen, 32, of Larimore, ND unexpectedly passed away in his home on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Geoff was born to Rick and Donna Andersen on October 30, 1987 in Bemidji, MN. As a boy, it should come to nobody’s surprise that Geoff spent his time making people laugh and riding on his toy fire truck. Geoff attended elementary and high school in Bemidji, MN and was a proud member of the Bemidji Firefighters Explorers post from the age of 16 until he attended NCTC beginning in 2006. In 2008 Geoff began working as a volunteer firefighter for the Bemidji Fire Department. Later, Geoff was employed with the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department, while he also worked part time for Red Wing Shoes. In December of 2012, Geoff took a leap of faith and left his passion of firefighting and took a position with BNSF Railway and has been employed as an Engineer since. Geoff’s passion for firefighting never went away, so he was compelled to join the Larimore Volunteer Fire Department in 2019 and has continued that service since.
Geoff met the love of his life, Adair, in August of 2009. It didn’t take long before the two were planning a life together and on August 27, 2011 the two married at Adair’s grandparent’s home in rural Fertile, MN. They resided in Grand Forks, ND until they made their home in Larimore, ND in September 2013. Geoff and Adair welcomed their son Isak Jakob into the world on November 27, 2017.
To the community, Geoff is remembered as a selfless server. There is no better way to describe Geoff’s selfless courage and humanity than to remember his acts when he took action the day of the Casselton Train Derailment in December of 2013. Geoff, along with other train personnel, were recognized by Senator Heidi Heitkamp on the floor of the US Senate with the following words, “Donning fire-fighting gear he borrowed from the Casselton Fire Department, Geoff bravely walked towards the fire to connect the tanker car in danger of exploding the rear facing locomotive and haul 25 cars away from the fire. Had it not been for Geoff, the explosions following the train derailment would have been much worse….What Geoff did that day, putting himself in danger to make sure explosions were minimized was nothing short of heroic, and it’s a true privilege to honor him.” For this, Geoff was honored with a Distinguished Service Award by BNSF Railway. Geoff was the kind of man to walk into the fire, never away from it. Geoff was proud to live in the community of Larimore and began serving on the Park Board in 2018. Geoff proudly supported law enforcement, especially the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department, civil duty and the NRA. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and also enjoyed time gaming and spending time with family.
As a friend, Geoff was the guy who would give you the shirt off his back, as long as you know it’d always be a t-shirt or hoodie. He was never one to turn down a late-night X-Box session, Geoff enjoyed a good time with a lot of sarcasm, jokes and fun.
For Geoff’s extended family, he will be remembered as someone you always had on your side. The man who always had an opinion about politics at the holiday dinner table (and a loud one at that) and the cool fireman, train engineer “Uncle Woot-Woot.”
Those who knew Geoff, knew his biggest goals in life was to have a wife and family. When Isak was born, Geoff was as proud as he had ever been and enjoyed teaching Isak some pretty cool stuff in the 2 ½ years he was blessed to have spent with him. Geoff and Adair’s marriage can be described as goofy. The two together always brought a laugh to those around them. Geoff’s love and devotion for Adair can also be described as timeless. Adair will remember her Geoff as stubborn as they come, just as stubborn as she is, with a smile that lit up the room and the love of her life.
Geoff Anderson is survived by his wife Adair and son Isak Jakob, parents Rick and Donna Andersen, brother Steve (Abigail) Andersen, grandparents Thomas Tolman, Randall (Nancy) Andersen, in-laws Julie (Mike) Deziel, Jeff (Deb Zak) Burthwick, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Geoff Andersen is preceded in death by his grandmother Elaine Tolman.
G-off you will be missed.
FUNERAL SERVICES: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the Larimore Baseball Diamond. Please bring lawn chairs, practice social distancing and face masks are recommended. The family invites those attending to wear jeans and T-shirts.
BAKKE FUNERAL HOME, LARIMORE, ND
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