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Randy Kardell

Randy L. Kardell, age 68, of New London, passed away Thursday morning, July 30, at his residence.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, at the Svea Evangelical Lutheran Church. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. www.petersonbrothers.com

Randolph "Randy" Loren Kardell was born on March 3, 1952, in Gary, IN., the son of John and Delores (Ostendorf) Kardell. He grew up in Mounds View and graduated from Irondale High School in 1970. He attended community college in Minneapolis before being drafted into the U.S. Army on September 11, 1972. He was stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged on March 30, 1973. Following his military service, Randy continued his education at colleges in Minneapolis and was employed in construction and carpentry. On March 31, 1979, Randy was married to Sandra Lee Watson. They made their home in Mounds View and later in Circle Pines. Randy was a certified captain and owner of a Charter Salmon Fishing vessel on Lake Michigan for several years. In 1994, they moved to New London. Randy was employed by the City of Willmar for over 26 years as the Building Official. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, fossils, wood crafting and target shooting. He had a fond love for motorcycles and enjoyed many annual trips to the Sturgis Rally in August.

He is survived by four children, Adam (and Dina) Bush of Pensacola, FL., Michelle Kardell of New London, Stephanie Kardell (and Jeremy Carlson) of Svea and Jonathan Kardell of New London; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving is his mother, Delores Kardell of St. Joseph; one brother. Jerry (and Linda) Kardell of Rogers and two sisters, Mary Kay Brown of St. Paul and Susan (and Doug) Welter of Wisconsin, besides other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra in 2018; his father and a brother-in-law, Terry Watson.

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I just heard and read today 10-2-20 thru my Legion Paper that Randy had passed away in July . Very sorry to hear this , as Randy and I went to school together since 7th grade . We were in the 1st grad. class of Irondale 1970 . Randy and I were friends and would always talked when we saw each other after High School . We would run into each other . We had some fun times in High School . He always had a smile for you and remembered your name . It it sad that after High School you drift apart from you friends but , you are trying to live your life . Alot of us [ guys] pretty much knew that we would get drafted [ Randy 1972 , me 1971 ] , and of course this is what happen to Randy and I . This was towards the end of Vietnam , a time where we were not welcomed here at home or overseas . Both of us were deployed overseas in different spots . I guess we were lucky to come home alive when so many did not , nobody from our class got killed in Vietnam , again we were lucky . Thank you for your service Randy He moved away and I kinda lost touch . Sounds like he was a wonderful family man and husband . . May you RIP my friend , no longer in pain and be with Sandra .

Kent Pierce Oct 2 2020 12:00 AM

My Dad was a very amazing man. He was the smartest man I know and will ever met. He could answer any question that you ever had and go into such detail. You only had to say OK Randy and the answer came right out of his mouth. He worked his entire life for his family. He loved his motorcycle and enjoyed riding with different groups. I know this year he was there and he was riding his Harley with everyone liked he loved and looked forward to every year!! My Dad is my Hero and is missed everyday. I know he is no longer in pain from the cancer. Thank you everyone for your kind words and lovely flowers. We appreciate everything.

Michelle Kardell Aug 18 2020 12:00 AM

We will miss Randy stopping by the store to tell us of his latest escapades. He always had a story to share. And we always talked about different motorcycles, his bike, and of course, Sturgis. He will really be missed.As the days and weeks pass,and as you return to life's routine,may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Chuck & Tiff Koshiol, Zap Leather & Cycle in Paynesville Aug 8 2020 12:00 AM

With Deepest SympathyGreg, Danielle, Walter, and Betty Kiger

Greg, Danielle, Walter, and Betty Kiger Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

With loving memories of RandyJeremy, Courtney, and Steven Carlson

Jeremy, Courtney, and Steven Carlson Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

May he rest in Peace. I'll always treasure our lunch dates to catch me up on the City gossip, social hours listening to the local bands, but most of all for being a Dear Friend. My condolences.Al

Al Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathies are with Randy's family and friends. Randy's kind collaboration and expert insights will be missed by our entire team. Warmest regards,Willmar's Planning & Development Services Department

Willmar's Planning & Development Services Department Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM