Services for Randy Stavenes

Randy Stavenes, 59, of Thief River Falls, MN passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at his residence.


The funeral service to celebrate Randy’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN with Rev. Vicki Saude-Worthington officiating. Burial will follow at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery, east of Grygla, MN.


Visitation will be held 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church.


Randy Len Stavenes was born July 16, 1960 in Roseau, MN the son of Basil Raynold and Eunice Loretta (Haugtvedt) Stavenes. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, rural Grygla, MN. Randy attended school in Grygla and graduated with the class of 1978. Following school, Randy farmed with his father in Spruce Grove Township, Beltrami County, MN.


Randy worked at Polaris in Roseau, MN from 1988-2000 where he met the love of his life, Kathy Brateng. The couple started dating in 1997 and were married on June 17, 2000 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla and made their home in Thief River Falls. At this time Randy became a proud step-father to Annea and Ishara Harmon. Together they raised quarter horses for several years and later purchased a mammoth jack which produced two mules.


From 2000-2002, Randy along with his brother Terry made cattle panels which they sold to farmers throughout the upper Midwest. From 2002-2008 he worked at Arctic Cat and later worked at Town & Country Meats in Newfolden, MN and Biff’s Kitchen in Thief River Falls.


He enjoyed raising horses, cattle, chickens, hunting, spending time at the cabin in Golden Valley Township, traveling, and spending time with family. Randy was a stubborn, hard-headed, fun-loving, caring man who would do anything for anybody in need.


Survivors include his loving wife, Kathy of Thief River Falls; step-daughters, Annea (Dale Evans) Harmon and Ishara Harmon all of Indiana; step-grandchildren, Delana & Mark Harmon, Eli Bainbridge, Derrick & Octavia Evans; siblings, Wayne (Geri) Stavenes of Thief River Falls, Joyce (Brad) Barth of Goodridge, Terry (Becky) Stavenes of Thief River Falls; sister-in-law, Sandra Stavenes of Thief River Falls; many nieces, nephews, Brateng Family; and many friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rodney; mother-in-law, Joann Brateng; sisters-in-law, Jennifer Shepard and Wendy Sandsmark.


Condolences may be sent at


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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