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First Lutheran Church
Wednesday January 5th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Celebration of Life

First Lutheran Church
Wednesday January 5th, 2022

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Esther Lutheran Cemetery
Wednesday January 5th, 2022

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Randy W. Gilbertson

Randall “Randy” W. Gilbertson, age 74, of Alexandria, formerly of Plymouth, died on Friday, December 31, 2021, at St. Cloud Hospital following a brief illness.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Rev. Greg Billberg officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Virginia Hegre and soloist, Paula Odland. Interment will take place at Esther Lutheran Church, rural Parkers Prairie.

Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.

Randall Warren was born on January 14, 1947, to Warren and Connie (Rimert) Gilbertson in Duluth. He graduated from Duluth East High School in 1965. Following his education, he began working on an ore boat on the Great Lakes. Randy moved to Minneapolis and started his career as a facilities manager. Randy was united in marriage to Janet Arvidson on June 12, 1971. Following their marriage, he worked several places before landing at the University of Minnesota, where he was the dormitory facilities manager for over 20 years. Randy coached many levels of hockey including Junior B, and later PeeWees, and Bantams, in the Robbinsdale Armstrong and Wayzata Hockey Youth Programs. Following retiring in 2004, he and his wife moved to Alexandria where he drove bus for the Alexandria School District #206, for many years. Randy was a member of First Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved Gopher Hockey and was a proud season ticket holder for over 20 years. Nearest to Randy’s heart were his canine companions and especially time spent with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Randy is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jan; daughter, Sara (Patrick) O’Neal of Burnsville; son, Erik (Amy) Gilbertson of Burnsville; four grandchildren, Miles and Sophia O’Neal, and Anders and Tuomi Gilbertson; two brothers, Brian Gilbertson, and Roger (Nancy) Gilbertson; and many nieces, nephews, and relatives.

Urnbearers are David Arvidson, Grant Pexsa, Derek Denny, and Gavin Pexsa. Honorary urnbearer is his godson, Scott Gilbertson.

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So sorry to hear of your loss! I am Amy's Aunt and also a School bus Driver! God be with you and comfort you in Jesus precious name ✝️❤🌹

Joan L Dahlberg Feb 23 2022 4:38 PM

I'm very saddened today to learn of Randy's death. My sympathy to you and your family Jan. I moved away from Alex in 2012 but we drove bus together for 7 years.

Bob Hansen Jan 14 2022 1:19 PM

Sorry that weather prevented us from sharing the service in person. We were able to watch the stream. Our condolences. See you soon.

Mary and Kurt Jan 5 2022 1:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Randy Gilbertson

Cathy Rackley Todd Jan 5 2022 12:29 PM

Thank you for the streaming so we could share in the tributes to Randy. We are sorry we can't be there. May God bless the family. Love Jean and Don

Jean and Don Miller Jan 5 2022 12:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Randy Gilbertson

Jody Jan 5 2022 12:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Randy Gilbertson

Mandy Arvidson Jan 4 2022 10:27 AM

Jan, I am so sorry to hear this news of Randy's passing. You two had a great marriage and have many good memories. God be with you in this awful time.

Marlys Carls-Steiskal Jan 3 2022 7:35 PM

So very sorry to hear about Randy's passing. My deepest sympathies to you Jan and his family. He and I grew up in Lester Park (he on 53rd and Tioga - me between 53rd and 54th), attended all grades together and shared a birthday month. Have many fond memories of those days.

Peg Heidman Johnson Jan 3 2022 3:35 PM

Randy and I enjoyed bumping in to each other at Gopher hockey games plus State HS tournament. Randy and I enjoyed seeing each other at Wayzata games. Rest In Peace hockey puck.

Alan Slonim Jan 3 2022 3:28 PM

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