Waldo Randall of Braham passed away at Ecumen North Branch on Monday, July 23, following an 18 year battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 90 years old.
Waldo, the son of Algot and Selma Randall, was born on April 8, 1928 at the Braham Hospital. The family resided in Henriette and it was there that he attended his first 8 years of school. He graduated high school at Pine City in 1946.
In 1951 he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, being discharged in 1953, Later, he was working for the MN State Highway Dept. when he decided to take advantage of the G.I. Bill, to attend the U of M and earn a degree in Mortuary Science. He graduated with an Associate Degree in 1958 and served his apprenticeship at the Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. Waldo proudly held a funeral director's license for 50 years.
In 1959, he married Dixie Sando and they moved to Rochester where they lived for 6 years. He was employed by the Vine Funeral Home. In September of 1965 Waldo and Dixie moved to Braham, working for the Rock Funeral Home. In 1971 it became the Rock-Randall Funeral Home as the business was purchased from Wally Rock. They raised their 3 children, Heidi, Eric and Jed during these busy years.
Waldo enjoyed many outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, collecting maple syrup, cutting wood, etc. He also enjoyed traveling and could proudly tell you he had been in every state in the union. He also did some foreign traveling and was especially happy to visit the birthplace of his father in Sweden. Waldo had a great sense of humor which many friends can attest to. And he loved to "talk Henriette". Waldo loved the Braham community and happily served on the boards of Park Manor and Braham Ev. Lutheran Church. He was active with the Braham Commercial Club. An important part of his day was having coffee at the Park Café.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Alvin, and grandson Logan.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dixie; three children, Heidi (Troy) Wilson, Eric (Amy), and Jed (Elisa), 6 grandchildren, Isaiah, Luke, Ben, Axel, Aria, and Tia; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.