Randall Lynn Drager, 71, of North Mankato, died in his sleep on February 18, 2023 at his home.
Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Mankato Mortuary is assisting the family.
Randy was born September 22, 1951 to Lawrence and Arline (Miller) Drager in Marshall, Minnesota. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1969. He married Christine Hiestand. Together, they had two boys, Jesse and Ian. They later divorced.
In 2000, Randy met the love of his life, Jodi and in 2013, they married at Minneopa State Park.
Over the years, Randy had many passions within his working life. He owned and operated the Credit Bureau of Redwood Falls and after retirement he continued to work as a consultant and IT specialist.
Randy was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed golfing, watching his children’s sports games and he especially loved baseball. He started the MAYBA in Marshall, Minnesota and served as President of the association for several years. Music was also an important part of Randy’s life. He was in the band, the Sensational Sleepers which was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
Randy also had a passion for travel, especially for trips to Hawaii that started in his youth and continued to this day, returning from Hawaii last week. Since 2001, he and Jodi traveled to the same home every winter on the north shore of Oʻahu.
Randy will be remembered as a generous, caring man who could easily make friends with anyone he met. He was a great storyteller who loved to talk and spend time with family and friends.
Randy is survived by his loving wife, Jodi; sons, Jesse (Jill), granddaughter, Paisley, of Marshall and Ian, granddaughter, Livia, of Maple Grove; daughters, Molly (David) Stephens, grandson, Rocco, and grandson on the way in June, of Delano and Megan Jones of North Mankato; sister, Sherry (Rick) Raschke of Savage; nephew, Jeremy (Stacy) Drager, great nephew, Justin, and great niece, Lily, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and godson, Jacob Novosad, of Des Moines, Iowa.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother and sister; older brother, Larry (USAF); nephew, Justin (USAF); and Jodi’s parents, Virgil and Shirley Wenzel.