Andrew O. Skaar, 96

Andrew Skaar, 96, Thief River Falls, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Voelker officiating. Burial followed at Park Ridge Cemetery, Norden Township, Pennington County.
Andrew Ordeen Skaar was born on the family farm in Norden Township, Pennington County, on January 3, 1922, the son of Ole Andrew and Olga Pauline (Nelson) Skaar. He was baptized in April of 1922 and confirmed May 30, 1937. Andy attended City View School and graduated from Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston.
Following school, Andy returned home to farm on the family farm in Norden Township. He eventually expanded his farming operation and after his brother Leonard’s passing, purchased the family homestead.
Andy was a well-respected grain farmer, a successful businessman, a devout and knowledgeable politician, a beloved family member and a true friend to many.
Andy served six terms in the Minnesota Legislature from 1962 – 1974 and served on many committees while in office. He was instrumental in getting the Northland Community College established in Thief River Falls as well as the Thief River Falls Regional Airport Terminal. Andy served on the Norden Township Planning Commission and Township Assessor. He was a loved and respected member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include siblings, Faythe Kinnunen of Menagha, Erven (Bette) Skaar of Cambridge, and Martha Parsons of Yelm, WA; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Andrew is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Oline (Rod) Markine, Thelma (Art) Terrian, Elsie (Robert) Fairbank and Leonard Skaar; brothers-in-law, Harold Kinnunen and Charles Parsons.
Memorials will be donated to the Trinity Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.
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