Randall Lee Elwood, Sr., 82, Sauk Rapids
November 6, 1933 - October 31, 2016
A gathering of family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Randall Lee Elwood, Sr., age 82, who passed away Monday at Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer with no complaints. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Randall was born Nov. 6, 1933 in Connersville, IN to LeRoy & Olive (Newbold) Elwood. The family moved to New Castle, IN when he was 13 and Randall graduated from New Castle High School. Randall proudly served his country in the United States Army and Air Force 1951-1956. He is former member of St. Cloud American Legion Post #76. He married Irene Schwab on Dec. 14, 1955 in Frankfurt, Germany. They moved to Indiana, Randall worked at Hour Glass Cleaners and was transferred to the St. Cloud location, which in turn relocated the family to St. Cloud. He then worked for the City of St. Cloud from 1977 until retiring on Oct. 31, 1998; Randall was only retired one day before he needed to find another job to pass the time. Irene passed away on Dec. 14, 1980. Randall married Beverly (Manthey) Flategraff on July 22, 1983 in St. Cloud. He enjoyed meeting his group of friends daily at the Copper Lantern for lunch and a light chit chat. Randall enjoyed watching NASCAR and baseball (depending on who was winning). He was a spiritual man who had a firm belief in God. Randall was strong, independent, organized and loved his family beyond words. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Randall is survived by his wife, Beverly of Sauk Rapids; children, Sandy (Ray) Jozwiak of Champlin, Andy (Brenda) Elwood of St. Augusta, Terresa (Mike) Goedert of Sauk Rapids, Dale (Lori) Flategraff of Pine River and Wayne Flategraff of Nevis; sisters and brother, Shirley Retherford, Connie Rhodus, Joseph Elwood, Lisa Moore and Marcia Foulke all of Hagerstown, IN; 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Randall was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Irene; sons, William, James and Randall Jr.; and brother, Gerald.