Brian Lee Andersen, age 38, of Rapid River, Michigan, died early Saturday morning, October 3, 2020, due to ongoing complications from a head injury sustained in an ATV accident in 2016.
Brian is survived by the love of his life, his 5 year old daughter Rowan Lily, his mother Debra (Isaac) Micheau of Gladstone, his father James (Jeanette) Andersen of Powers, his grandmother Theresa Mae Lippens of Rock, his brother James (Jule) Andersen of Tucson Arizona, his sister Hollie (Dale) Rein of Perkins, his sister Carrie Andersen of Arvada, Colorado, his niece and nephews James Andersen IV, Alex Rein and Allayna Rein. Brian is also survived by his step-grandparents Richard and Beatrice Micheau of Gladstone, step-siblings Isaac (Sarah) Micheau of Iron Mountain, Amanda (Dan) Helman of Escanaba, Justin (Sheila) Wolsker of Shelby Twp, Cody (Nichole) Wolsker of Norway, Garrett (Lindsey) Wolsker of Powers, his girlfriend Kourtnie Burns of Escanaba, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Brian was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Anthony “Tony” Lippens of Rock, his paternal grandfather James Andersen Sr. of West Salem, Illinois, his paternal grandmother Jane (George) Tomblinson of Rock, and his 12 year old nephew Wesley James Rein of Gladstone who passed in an ATV accident in 2014.
Brian was born July 28, 1982, in Escanaba, the son of James Andersen and Debra Micheau. He was raised in Gladstone and was a 2000 graduate of Gladstone High School.
Brian worked many different jobs in construction trades. He started working in the Bricklayers Union and went on to become a laborer, working on bridge reconstruction, in the Detroit area. Brian had stories to tell of working a jackhammer all day! He eventually worked his way up to become a foreman on a multi-million dollar bridge repainting project and obtained certifications in the field that few around the world have. He worked mainly in the east coast area.
A few years ago, Brian decided to relocate back to his home in the Upper Peninsula. When his daughter Rowan was born, Brian’s whole focus was on her and raising her in God’s Country. He began a new career as a plumber’s apprentice and worked his way up to become a journeyman plumber. Most recently, Brian worked for Berger and King and was looking forward to taking his masters exam in just a few months.
Throughout his life, Brian acquired many nicknames. “Squirl” was Brian’s most recent nickname, although his father always called him “Guido”. Brian was well known for his exploits on dirt bikes and 3 wheelers. He loved riding and anything mechanical with a motor. Brian restored several rare 3 wheelers to pristine condition which he sold as far away as Australia. He was a self educated, talented mechanic and worked on many motorsports and automotive projects for himself and his friends. Brian was a great son, father, brother, uncle, and friend, and his unexpected loss will be mourned by all who knew him.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, from 1:00PM to 3:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow visiting hours, at 3:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone, with Pastor Jordan Pardee of Grace Church officiating. The wearing of an appropriate mask and social distancing practices is appreciated. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta are assisting with arrangements.