Richard “Rick” Randall died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 at his home in Ogilvie, after a long, hard fought battle with leukemia. He was surrounded by his family and went out of this world on his terms. He was 62 years old.
He was born in Mora on Oct. 9, 1958 to Richard and Mary (Dow) Randall. He spent his childhood and teenage years in Duluth and then Mora. At the age of 17, he joined the United States Marine Corps where he served proudly for the next four years. He spent two years stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Anyone who knew him heard his unforgettable stories of his time spent there. He was honorably discharged in 1980 and then moved back to the Mora area. His military career was not over with the USMC. He also served in the National Guard in the mid-1980s through the early 1990’s.
He met his future wife and best friend Erlene Hermanson in 1981. The two were united in marriage on Feb. 13, 1982 and through their union they welcomed three children to the world, Jeremiah, Nathaniel and Rikki.
He enjoyed deer hunting at “the Shack,” fishing and perusing Craigslist for his next “dream” boat. The thing that brought him the most joy was spending time with his family at the cabin, particularly his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He built the family cabin and was extremely proud of this accomplishment. The memories made there will last in the hearts of his family forever.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard “Dick” Randall and Mary Dow; sister, Holly; and best friends, Danny and Dave Lilienthal.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Erlene; children, Jeremiah (Dennell) Randall, Nathan Randall, Rikki (Greg) Stromberg and Ann Erickson; grandchildren, James, Rebecca, Vinny and Miah; sister, Gayla (David) Olson; and several friends and family members that he loved very much.
A public memorial visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with a private family service immediately following. Military Honors will be provided by the Mora American Legion Post 201. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted online at www.aifuneralhome.com