Randal Edmund Koll


Randal Edmund Koll, age 60 of Belle Plaine, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife and
family, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Celebrations of Randy’s life will begin Sunday, February 10 with a visitation at Kolden Funeral Home in
Belle Plaine from 4-8pm and will conclude with a rosary and prayer service. Visitation will continue on
Monday at the church one hour prior to Mass. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am at Our Lady of the
Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Belle Plaine, followed by a
luncheon and fellowship back at church.
Randy was born on September 8, 1958 to Edmund and Florence (Gewerth) Koll in Sleepy Eye, MN. He was
raised on a farm in Morgan, MN with four older sisters. His childhood stories were riddled with life lessons
from helping with farm chores, enjoying large family gatherings, and attending St. Michael’s Catholic
school. Randy was active in Arts and Athletics throughout his high school years. He married his high school
sweetheart, Mary Jean Stokesbary and they started their life together in Richfield and Blaine where they
volunteered as Youth Ministers before moving to a farm near Belle Plaine where together they raised four
daughters. The family enjoyed strong bonds with caring neighbors. Randy made a point of putting family
first and had a talent for going with the flow.
Randy worked as a journeyman union electrician with IBEW Local 292 for 38 years ending his career with
the Muska men at Muska Electric. Randy and Mary raised livestock, crops and a vineyard. The family
showed animals at the Scott County and State Fairs with 4-H and FFA 17 years in a row. Randy served in
various leadership roles on the Scott County and State Pork Producers Associations, Minnesota Pork Board
and Scott County Farm Bureau.
Randy spent many hours coaching the girls in basketball and softball, including Belle Plaine’s first
competitive summer league fast-pitch softball team. He enjoyed games of Sequence, chess and cribbage with
every generation of the family. He was blessed with beautiful grandchildren who adored him and they
became the light of his eyes.
He always had a strong faith and had a beautiful baritone voice. Over the years, he sang in the men’s quartet
and barbershop and the church choir, taught 8 th grade CCD, helping his students to discern their Confirmation
vows and became a 4th degree knight with the Knights of Columbus.
Randy lived with pancreatic cancer the last 18 months of his life and was an advocate of embracing each and
every moment. The motto he took into his final days was “Never give up. Never give in. Always believe in
the power within. The power within is a gift from my Lord.” Many thanks to our Prayer Warriors on this
Randy is survived by his wife, Mary Koll; daughters, Jessica (Luke) Stuewe, Carissa
(Andrew) Hazelton, Andrea (Owen) Usher, and Terassa (Curtis) Raddatz; grandchildren, Emmett and Ethan
Stuewe, William and Baby Hazelton (due in April), Tia and Alliyah Usher, Austin and Alexandra Raddatz;
sisters, JoAnn Ehrler, Gwen (Jan) Law, Deb (Chuck) Okins, and Renee (Don) Kodet; in-laws, Arlyn (Sandy)
Stokesbary, Henry Ripka, Ron (Janet) Stokesbary, Curtis (Kathy) Stokesbary, and Jody (Ron) Winter; and
many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Florence (Gewerth) Koll; in-laws, Marvin and Kay
(Cole) Stokesbary; brother-in-law, Marv Ehrler; and sister-in-law, Marilyn (Stokesbary) Ripka.

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