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Duane M. Randle


        Duane M. Randle, 80, of West Fargo, ND, formerly of Baker and Minnewaukan, ND,  died Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Sanford Palliative Care Center in Fargo surrounded by his family.  Funeral services will be Saturday, September 11, 2010,  11:00 AM  at Trinity Free Lutheran Church in Minnewaukan with Pastor Luther Mathison, officiating.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren Cemetery, rural York, ND. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7pm, with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service at the Nelson Funeral Home in Minnewaukan.  Honoring Duane as casket bearers are his grandchildren: Mitch, Aaron and Tyler Axness of Fargo, Travis Walker of Moorhead, Nicole (Walker) Irish of West Fargo, and Hillary, Haley, and Hannah Hugelen of Fargo.

        Duane Milton Randle was born July 15, 1930, on his parent's farm in rural Knox, Benson County, ND, to Walter and Hazel (Allan) Randle. He attended grade school and two years of high school at Baker and graduated from the Benson County Agriculture & Training School in Maddock in 1949. He taught one year at the Hurricane Lake School north of York. He married Doris Long of York on June 6, 1954 at the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren. He lived and farmed in the Baker area for over 40 years with his wife, father and brother. In 1994 they moved to Minnewaukan where Duane worked for the Benson County Soil Conservation District planting trees for several years. In 2008 Doris and Duane moved to West Fargo to be closer to family.

      Duane enjoyed the love of family, laughter of friends, music, and SPORTS. He enjoyed playing the organ, harmonica, and singing. Duane especially enjoyed harmonizing with his brother Owen and close friends Jim & Larry Wurgler as a member of their barber shop quartet. He loved the Esmond Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and most recently, the MN TWINS!!!!!! His smile, quick wit and sense of humor were contagious and cherished by his friends and family. He looked forward to every family gathering, celebration, wedding, and the traditional monthly birthday party. He served the public as a volunteer for the Esmond Rural Fire Department, ASCS Community Committee, and was a member of the Benson County Weed Board, the Baker Elevator board and the Benson County Farmers Union.

       Duane was dedicated and baptized and was a life-long member of the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren at York, ND until it closed in 2009. He served on  several church boards, special committees and was actively involved teaching Sunday school. Duane loved the Lord, lived by the Word, and found peace through his faith.

       He is survived by his wife Doris of West Fargo;  three daughters, Diane Axness, Fargo; Barbara (Tim) Hugelen of Fargo; Denise (Jim) Jonas West Fargo; one son, Dennis Randle and special friend Lisa Schram of Fargo; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Elvin of Baker, ND, Owen of Minot and Earl of Eden Prairie, MN and one sister Lois Dumdai of Knox; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

       He was preceded in death by his parents:  Walter and Hazel Randle;  his daughter: Janet Walker; two brothers: Arlin and Lyle; and a brother-in-law: Elburn Dumbai.




Doris and family:   We are thinking about all of you during this difficult time.  Duane was a special person and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.  He is no longer suffering and now rejoicing in his reunion with Janet.   He has left a wonderful legacy to keep his memory alive through his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.  May God's love and promise of eternal life in heaven give you peace and comfort during this time of mourning for Duane.   Love,   Chrissie, Gregg & Courtney Johnson from Amarillo, TX

Dear Doris, Diane, Barb, Dennis, & Denise,    I am sending warm Esmond Eagle hugs to each of you.  I feel very lucky to have grown up so close to all of you and will always smile when I think of your Dad because he brought so much happiness and FUN to all who knew him.   And, somehow I know that heaven will be filled with laughter about some good basketball stories that we've all heard a few hundred times...   May you feel God's peace surround you during this difficult time.   Love, Donna Gutschmidt


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