John Swaneus Randt, formerly of Benson

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John Swaneus Randt died in Alexandria, MN, on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the age of 90. John the son of Eilert and Ann Randt was born in Bunderhammrich, Germany on August 2, 1925.  At the age of two, he and his family moved to the United States.  He and his twelve siblings grew up farming in central Minnesota. While at a dance, John met Mabel Barnes and they were married on October 18, 1947. To this union five children were born.  When John was not busy farming and raising his family, he enjoyed vegetable gardening, deer hunting and splitting wood. He truly was a jack of all trades. He could rebuild boat motors, build houses and just fix anything. John also enjoyed fishing.  He shared this hobby with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. From John, they all learned the art of filleting a fish so that there were no bones.

Over the years John and Mabel farmed different farm land all over central Minnesota until they found their farm near Benson. It was their pride and joy. They worked this farm until 1982 when they moved to East Battle Lake. Here they enjoyed retirement and fishing.  John’s children remember him as a “teaser”, and someone who built things for them. He liked to bounce his girls on his knees, yodel to his children and sing “You Are My Sunshine” to them. John was always helpful and always willing to help his neighbors care for their homes.

John was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mabel, one grandson, and several brothers. He is survived by his children, Terry Randt (Deb), Linda Schulze (Bob), Debra Harleman (Jack), Susan Hilleren (Dell), Sally Willenbring (Tim); nineteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren; brothers, George Randt (Alice), Dale Randt (Margaret), Lee Randt (Elaine), Jimmy Randt (Virginia); Sister in law, Ruth Randt and Joyce Randt.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Anderson Funeral Home with a visitation being held one hour before. Internment will take place at Lake Geneva Cemetery, Alexandria, MN.

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