Randy Ashleson, 53, Ross, N.D.

Published 7:50am Sunday, March 23, 2014

Randy Lee Ashleson, 53, of Ross, N.D., formerly of Albert Lea, died unexpectedly March 18, 2014, at Trinity Health in Minot, N.D.

Arrangements have been made by Thomas Family Funeral Home in Minot. There will be a memorial service in North Dakota.

Randy Ashleson
Randy Ashleson

Randy worked for Loenbro Pipe Line of Epping, N.D., in the oil fields running heavy equipment. Previously and for more than 20 years, he owned and operated the welding business, High View Manufacturing, in Alta Vista, Iowa. He did everything from building large trailers to welding leaky cattle water tanks. Part of his business was making equipment for the swine industry. He also crop farmed and raised hogs for years ever since he was just a young boy. He built many metal buildings, helped build houses in his teen years and built his beautiful home in Alta Vista on his acreage. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He had many skills and talents and did everything with great skill, dedication, perseverance and perfection.

Randy was born May 21, 1960, in Albert Lea to Lawrence “Larry” and Lorraine “Lori” (Klukow) Ashleson. He attended Albert Lea grade schools and was an Albert Lea High School graduate. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea and was confirmed at Ascension Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Four Lakes 4-H Club and the Sunset Saddle Club in Albert Lea. He and his all-around registered quarter horse, Big Boy, won many trophies and ribbons at many shows and fairs. He was a member of the Whiters Saddle Club in Ross.

He lived in different states and towns and enjoyed spending time with his many friends from all over.

Randy loved western Montana and Glacier National Park. It was his favorite place to visit. He loved the mountains and parks, airplanes and flying, traveling, fishing, his dogs; breeding, raising and training his registered quarter horses; was a history enthusiast and liked to joke around.

Randy is survived by his mother; two brothers, Ricky Ashleson of Northwood and Robbie (Kim) Ashleson of Cottage Grove; nephew, Brian Ashleson, and niece, Erica Ashleson; uncles and aunts: Dwayne, Harlan, Lonnie and Debbie Klukow and Marlys Fox; cousins; his constant companion dog, Bailey, and his many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1990; grandparents, Ben and Vera Ashleson and Donald and Hazel Klukow; and aunt and uncle, Leatrice and Julius Spilde.

Online condolences are welcome at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Randy, we love you and miss you.

Isaiah 54:13 “All your sons will be taught by the Lord and great will be your son’s peace.”

“My dear son, rest in peace in the arms of Jesus.”

Love, Mom.