Randolph Fred Windels was born to Harold and Jane (Frost) Windels on April 18, 1959 at Wesley Hospital in Wadena. He was baptized on June 14, 1959 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills and confirmed there on May 20, 1973. Randy lived the first 4 years of his life in New York Mills until his family moved to the Windels farm in rural Sebeka in 1963. He spent the next 55 years of his life on the family farm. Randy attended Sebeka Public School, graduating in 1977.
After high school, Randy worked for a brief time at Muckala Silo Company and the railroad before taking over the family dairy farm in 1979. He and his father worked side by side on the farm for many years. On August 23, 1991 Randy was united in marriage with Brenda Loeffen at the Chapel in the Garden in Eagle Bend. Randy and Brenda made their home on the Windels family farm in Blowers Township. The 3rd generation Windels farm expanded in size under Randy's ownership and became a Century Farm in 2007. Randy sold off his dairy herd in 2003 but continued to plant and harvest crops and raise beef cattle. In 2003 he began working for Ament-Becker Construction and then Becker-Wurst Construction, building many beautiful houses and lake homes in the surrounding area. He retired in 2017 due to illness.
Randy served as Blowers Township Board Supervisor from 1996-2007 and also as a township election judge. He was a member of the Jolly Jumpers Volleyball Team, Wadena Bowling League, NYM Lions Club and took an active part in the Annual Lion's Auction and Golf Tournament. In his younger years he was also a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Mills Trinity Lutheran Church softball team. Randy was a member of a local tug-of-war team that participated in numerous local and county fair contests, winning the 1984 NYM Centennial contest.
Randy had many interests and hobbies. He loved to plant trees, play cards and, weather permitting, would go on daily 4-wheeler rides to look over his land and hunting cabin. He often took Molly, his Jack Russell Terrier, along. Randy and his wife Brenda were well known for their annual Halloween Haunted Hayrides in the 1990s through the early 2000s. The rides and "goonie" antics are still talked about to this day. In later years he hosted an annual Kiddie Hayride and Pumpkin Patch Day each fall at his cabin. Randy was also a founding member of the Kantack Cattle Company hunting cabin. He looked forward to every deer hunting season and enjoyed the camaraderie of his many friends much more than actually hunting. He was also a lover of history and enjoyed trips to historical sites and exploring old cemeteries.
On September 27, 2018 Randy passed away at home at 59 years of age, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer with his loving family at his side and under the gentle care of Knute Nelson Hospice. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Randy in death were his father Harold Raymond Windels, son Toby Lee Windels and brother-in-law James W. McDaniel.
Randy is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Brenda Windels of Sebeka; daughters: Susie (Sleiman Milad) Windels of Perham and Hailey Windels of NYM; grandson Warren Windels of Perham; mother Jane Windels of NYM; siblings: Ron (Carol) Windels of NYM; Sharon Windels of Fargo, ND; Carol McDaniel of NYM; Steve (Pam Doebbeling) Windels of Ottertail and Jennifer Windels of NYM; in-laws, Jack and Judy Loeffen of rural Sebeka; sisters-in-law: Cindy (Curt) Kuehl of Pierre, SD and Sue (Pat) Malone of Saratoga, WY; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and a host of friends.
Randy's family would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to Dr. Pate, Dr. Swenson and the Tri-County Hospital Nursing Staff, Knute Nelson Hospice, Pastor Jeff Heisler, Pastor Kirk Douglas, and our dear family and friends.