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1952 Randy 2020

Randy Kardell

March 3, 1952 — July 30, 2020

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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