Robert “Bob” Andreasen, 71: Fulfilled childhood dream to become State Trooper
CUMBERLAND — Robert E. Andreasen, 71, died Jan. 25 at Mercy Hospital in Portland.
Born in Falmouth on Feb. 24, 1938, he was a son of Ruth (Menter) and Ejner Andreasen.
In 1956 he graduated from Falmouth High School, with a dream written in his yearbook, “To Be A Maine State Trooper.”
Shortly after he married Catherine Provencher in 1958, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves.
In 1967 he graduated from the Maine State Police Academy and served with the State Police until he retired in 1994.
While serving as a state trooper, he received several awards, including Trooper of The Year in 1986 and the State Police Bravery Award for rescuing a trapped truck driver from his burning vehicle in 1991. He was the first recipient of the Bear Award from the State Police Magazine.
Two of his five sons followed in his footsteps and also became State Troopers.
After retiring from the State Police, he worked for Copp Motors for five years.
He was predeceased by his brother John Andreasen.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Catherine Andreasen of Cumberland; his five sons, Robert Andreasen and his wife Lynn of Topsham, Dr. Steven Andreasen and his wife Alison of Portland, Michael Andreasen and his wife Kim of North Yarmouth, David Andreasen and his wife Cindy of Bowdoinham, Chris Andreasen of Old Town: 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his sisters, Virginia Hamilton of Portland, Judie Reed of Standish, his brother Richard Andreasen of Falmouth; and a large extended family.
Memorial services were held last weekend.
Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.
A memorial of his life can be viewed and condolences can be expressed to the Andreasen family online at mem.com.
Memorial donations may be made to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Development Office, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.