Liturgy of the Word service for Andrew J. Praus, 76, of Dickinson, will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Stevenson Funeral Home with Deacon Ron Keller officiating. Burial will take place in the North Dakota Veteran Cemetery, Mandan. Military honors presented by Dickinson American Legion Post #3 Honor Guard.
Visitation for Andy will be 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Monday, December 13th at the funeral home, with a rosary and vigil service being held at 6:00 p.m.
Andy passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021 at CHI St. Alexius Bismarck with his daughters by his side.
Andrew Julius was born in Dickinson on July 29, 1945, the son of Vincent and Victoria (Pavlicek) Praus. Growing up on the family farm, he attended country school and helped on the farm until his entry into the US Army 1967. During his two year enlistment, Andy married Paulette Ridl on December 14, 1968. The couple was just days shy of their 53rd wedding anniversary. Andrew was honorably discharged in 1969 and was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign War. Andy and Paulette made their home in the Dickinson area where they also raised three children. He worked various jobs before finding his career at Theodore Roosevelt National Park working in maintenance from 1986 until his retirement in 2013.
Andy was a bit of a jokester and he enjoyed bringing home ‘treasures’ from countless auction sales. He loved playing around with his John Deere tractor in the snow and he enjoyed meals at Dakota Diner. Dancing polkas and waltzes, playing accordion, watching PBR and football, and playing cards were his favorite pastimes. Andy’s grandchildren were the light of his life and he cherished family time. He loved going to the races with his son on Saturday nights, going fishing with Brandon and watching the grandkids dance. Many memories will be cherished.
Andy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Paulette; daughters, Shelly (Tim) Flom of Las Vegas, NV, Nancy (Michael) Johnson of Dickinson; son, Scott of Dickinson; seven grandchildren, Alexis Flom, Brandon Flom, Cassandra Johnson, Tiffany Johnson, Emily Johnson, Rachel Praus, Serena Praus; siblings, Larry Praus of Dickinson, Lorraine Binstock of Mandan, Darlene (Gerald) Frederick of Taylor, David (Kathy) Praus of Dickinson, Julius (Vickie) Praus of Henderson, NV, Donna Jilek of Fargo, Leo (Janice) Praus of Richardton, Kenny (Marla) Praus of Dickinson, Gilbert (Nancy Bleth) Praus of Bismarck, Louis Praus of Stansbury Park, UT, Bernice Lovotta of Gill, CO, Linda (Tom) Stockert of Mandan, Vincent (Ron Mase) Praus of Denver, Co; several nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Victoria; brother, Marvin Praus and infant brother Joseph.