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Randy R. Joseph

Randy R. Joseph

February 21, 2020

Randolph R. “Randy” Joseph, 65, of Altoona, passed away Friday February 21, 2020 at his home.

Randy was born July 10, 1954 in Wagner, SD, to Ferris and Donita (Lunderman) Joseph. He graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD.

He is survived by his Wife, Jodi Rust of Altoona; Son, Nicholas (Kayla) Hemmer of Colorado; 3 Grandsons, Kolbe Denherder, Hudson and Maverik Hemmer; Siblings, Jeannie, Richard, Ronnie, Donna, Vikke, Sandy, Ferris Jr., Julie, Cheri, Larry and Stan and numerous nieces and nephews.

Randy is preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers, Gregory, Ricky and Michael.

Randy worked at NSP, Morrell’s Meat Packing, Dakota Carrier, the railroad and then went onto work for several trucking companies. Randy was a proud 10-year volunteer of the Red Cross for disaster relief, and went to Guam St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, California, South Dakota and Hawaii, and many other locations.

Randy loved to play softball and enjoyed playing in many different leagues. He played drum for the Lakota at his church. He loved to attend pow wows throughout the Midwest and would attend them all summer long. Randy had a competitive spirit and took part in the run / walk wellness events at the pow wows and won many medals.

He had a passion for good looking cars and also drove the sprint car hauler semi for close friends and went across the country to different racetracks, and specialized in the tire set up. He always looked forward to the pit brat parties after the races were done.

His sobriety birth date was April 1, 1990 and was an active member of AA. He would hold meetings at the South Dakota State Penitentiary for inmates. He was also a member of Al-Anon.

Randy will be remembered as a great listener and could connect with people in many different ways, offering guidance and support. Randy had a passion for pejuta sapa “coffee” and could often be found drinking it and reading the newspaper at McDonald’s, Burger King and Panera Bread.

He and Jodi enjoyed traveling in his retirement and loved driving. They would often drive long distances just to get a burger, get donuts at local bakeries, shop for antiques and visiting family throughout the US.

A memorial service will take place in Sioux Falls, SD this summer.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at www.chippewavalleycremation.com


A memorial service will take place in Sioux Falls, SD this summer.

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  • Arla Prestin Dear Jodi,
    I’ve been a ‘captive’ at home following surgery 6 weeks ago. I don’t subscribe to the newspaper so I just heard of Randy’s death tonight. I loved Randy’s smile and the twinkle in his eyes! He will be missed and long remembered. Sending a caring hug and love to you as you adjust to this huge loss. ❤️

    March 3 at 9:13pm

  • Joe and Beth Bott It really has not sunk in yet.... cannot believe your are gone !
    I will miss your laughter and hugs ! We will miss your pop in's . Rest in Peace , till we meet again . Love you, Joe and Beth

    March 2 at 12:26pm

  • jarrette dascher Sorry for the loss of Randy, I new him from Mcdonalds! May the Lord be with you always! Jarrette

    March 2 at 12:20pm

  • Dan severson I met Randy at the McDonald's several years ago and had several discussions with him over a cup of coffee. I enjoyed his stories and insight on so many topics. He educated me about Native American culture and his love of his heritage. Thanks Randy for sharing your life with so many of us who spent time meeting others at local restaurants and coffee places. Community can be found in so many places, one just needs to be open to finding it.

    February 28 at 12:26AM

  • Amanda (Wright) Saeger You are in my thoughts and prayers with the loss of Randy. I have many memories as a child when Randy played softball with my dad (Dave Wright) in Sioux Falls. Randy will be missed by many.

    February 26 at 3:38PM

  • DJ & Diane Van Ravenswaay We are so sorry for your loss. Randy was a great friend and a wonderful person who will be dearly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    February 26 at 10:00AM

  • Russell Brandt May God comfort you in your loss of Randy. I worked on the RR with "Tonto" several years, he was like an older brother to me in a lot of ways. One winter during furlough I went to live in Denver and Randy came out to visit me. I left Sioux Falls in 1986, and started a new life in Aberdeen SD. I had struggled with alcohol and drugs and finally found sobriety in Feb 2000. I had a sponsor here in Aberdeen that happened to go through treatment with Randy. If I have any regrets it's that I never tried to connect with Randy in sobriety. May he rest in peace.

    February 26 at 9:41AM

  • Michael E Litz Though it has been probably 25 years since I last saw Randy, I remember well. What a fine person. It breaks my heart that he passed without me seing him in all of that time. Too his family,I am truly sorry. He was such a gentleman and fine friend. I wish you Gods bessings and my most sincere condolences.

    February 26 at 8:51AM

  • Megan Bott "Uncle" Randy: Words cannot begin to describe how devastated I am that I won't be able to hear your infectious laughter again, listen to your advice and stories, or share a movie night or holiday with you. You had such a warm, welcoming presence, and it hasn't quite sunk in that you've left this earth. Until we meet again, I will cherish the many memories I have of you. My life has been better because you were a part of it. I love and miss you dearly.-Megan

    February 25 at 10:10PM

  • Rich Blecinger Rest in Peace Randy. Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.
    May God bless you and keep you — until then.

    February 25 at 12:04AM

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