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Randy Dean Vondal

July 28, 1950 — November 20, 2023

Frazee, Minnesota

“Think of me when you see a dandelion.” Grandpa Randy

Surrounded by his loving family, Randy Dean Vondal, 73, of Frazee, MN (formally of Walhalla, ND) was guided peacefully to Heaven by his exhausted guardian angels on November 20, 2023.

Randy was born to Raymond and Dorothy (Klindt) Vondal, on July 28, 1950, in Altona, Manitoba, Canada.  He grew up in Walhalla, ND where he met the love of his life, Ellen Latozke.  Inseparable, they were married in 1970 and their love grew from a family of two to eight.

Our fun, loving “Daddy-lion” was strong and courageous raising six headstrong beauties each with their own unique personality. Everyone knew those Von“doll” girls.  

As a father of all daughters, he treated and cherished his sons-in-law and nephews as his own.  Family isn’t just blood; Randy was also a “Grandpa” to many.  

He enjoyed racing, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, playing cards, coloring, and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren. Living a life full of adventure and love, Speedy Gonzales had the need for speed which seems to be a heritable trait. His kind, nurturing heart always put his family first. He loved as God intended.

The only things Randy cheated were death itself, surviving numerous experiences and mishaps, and possibly the rules of a card game or two.  From an early age, Randy was a diligent, honest worker.  From a motor-biking barber to a professional cleaner, Randy owned and operated Vondal’s Cleaning Services with his wife, Ellen. He was dedicated to his community and was adored by all. 

Randy is survived by his devoted wife, Ellen (Latokze) Vondal, and six daughters and their families:

Mikka and Dean Willits: Colton, Garret, and Amelie

Tiffany Vondal: Kaleigh and Keiyn

Tia and Dexter Schwartz: Braxlee and Huxtyn

Shandy and Luke Mehl: Bryton and Braelyn

Tailyr and Tony Vondal: Reese, Finlee, Peyton, and Alexis

Tierney Vondal

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Linda (Carlton) Heck, Allen Vandal, Ruth (Wesley) Cameron, and Robert (Cheryl) Vondal. In-laws: Darlene (Ralph) Downey, Gerald (Debra) Latozke, Robert (Cheryl) Latozke and Warren Latozke. Along with many treasured nieces and nephews.

Randy was met at Heaven’s Gate by his parents, Raymond and Dorothy Vondal, in-laws, Paul and Bernice Latozke, grandbaby Charlee, granddog Gunnar Jehn, special nephew Steven Heck, best friend Bob Gasink, and many other beloved family, friends, and animals.

His spirit journeys on in every giggle of a dad joke, mischievous grin, rev of an engine, and breath of a dandelion wish. 

“Night, Love you. See you in the Morning!”

To honor Randy’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Please privately celebrate Randy’s memory in your own way. He will be with us all in spirit. Thank you for your understanding.   A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

The Randy Vondal family respectfully asks that flowers not be sent at this time.  Instead, when you see a dandelion, think of him.

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