HURON – Randy Sondreal, 63, of Huron, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 4, 2017, after a lengthy and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday at the Huron Christian Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m., Monday at the Kuhler Funeral Home, with his family present from 5 to 7 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday evening at the Kuhler Funeral Home.
Randy was born to Donavon and Jacqueline (Creiman) Sondreal in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on July 22, 1953. Randy, at age 5, moved to Huron, South Dakota, with his family and due to his deep affection for that community he chose to remain there for the rest of his life.
Randy married the love of his life, Gail Johnson, on June 30, 1973, in Huron and together they raised four children.
Randy attended Huron High School and went to work for his family’s business, Huron Manufacturing Corp., where, after his father’s sudden passing, he took on the role of President for over 30 years.
Randy possessed a larger-than-life personality and after meeting him you left much happier. Randy had a magnetic draw that captivated everyone’s attention and he could tell a story like no other. Despite his declining health, he never missed the opportunity to comfort, counsel, uplift and inspire others.
Randy had a profound love for music that he passed on to his children and grandchildren. As a middle-schooler he was a member of the Blue Beagles Band, which was an opening act for several regional headliners. He also took great joy in coaching his children in numerous sports and led them to several league championships.
One of Randy’s greatest joys was fishing for Walleye on the Missouri River. He also loved skiing in the Black Hills; day-trading stocks; debating politics; discussing religion; watching football (particularly the Vikings); eating his wife’s exceptional cooking; playing guitar; spending time with family and friends; keeping everyone in stitches with his gregarious stories; and making prank phone calls to his friends.
Randy was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 40 years and served as a mentor to many people seeking sobriety. Even when his disease prevented him from physically attending meetings, he remained committed to helping others break free from the chains of addiction. And when he could no longer leave the house an amazing group of friends brought the meetings to him.
Randy was preceded in death by his father, Donavon Sondreal, and his grandparents.
Randy is survived by his loving wife, Gail; his mother, Jacqueline Sondreal; his four children, Jesse and Stacy (Geyer) Sondreal of Spooner, Wisconsin, Brady and Jessica (Bartel) Sondreal of Fargo, North Dakota, Jacqueline Sondreal of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jennifer Sondreal of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Randy’s final and best act was that of a loving grandfather to six grandchildren who thought of him as a superhero, making them laugh uncontrollably; Dominic Sondreal, Lincoln Sondreal, Layla Bomar, Heston Sondreal, Cameron Sondreal, and Baird Sondreal. Randy is also survived by his five siblings, Rob and Jane Sondreal of Huron, Tom and Barb Sondreal of Crookston, Minnesota, Todd and Cindy Sondreal of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kori and Mike Parish of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Conrad Sondreal of Mitchell. Randy also leaves behind many amazing friends, brothers-in law, sisters-in law, cousins, nephews and caregivers who brought him laughter, care and comfort throughout his battle with MS.