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Randal Joel Silha

April 9, 2021 | 24 comments

Randal Joel Silha, 73, of Mindoro, passed away on April 7, 2021 at home in Mindoro, WI.

He was born on October 27, 1947 to Russ and Fran (Susag) Silha. Randal married Cheryl Oleske on July 20, 1974 in La Crosse, WI.

Randal’s hobbies included Lionel Trains, woodworking, and ballroom dancing, especially the Waltz. He graduated from North Dakota State University. He and his wife Cheryl enjoyed attending Vikings, Brewers, and Badgers games. He grew up in Bowman, ND on the Lazy JS Ranch. They raised Quarter Horses, Polled Herefords and sheep. Randal was known for his integrity, charisma, and his sense of humor; He could spin a yarn, a skill which he inherited from his father.

After Randy and Cheryl got married, they moved to Aberdeen, SD. He was a field editor for the Western Livestock Journal. He worked purebred cattle sales from the West Coast to the Midwest. In 1976, they moved back to Wisconsin and he was employed with Tri State Breeders as a district manager. Later, he became the beef programs manager for Tri State Breeders.

Then, four guys over coffee decided to take a new adventure and started Country Realty, and one by one, partners left, and Randy became the sole broker and owner until health complications arose. Randy was able to be at home for his remaining time here on Earth. He cherished having breakfast with his buddies for over 30 years and talking sports and fantasy football.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl of Mindoro; sister, Roxanne (Eddie) Holecek of Rhame, ND; sister, L. Nada (Dale) Carter of Starbuck, MN; sister, Myrna (Alex) Friedt of Carrington, ND; sister-in-law, Diana Silha of Bowman ND; nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russ and Fran Silha, and his brother, Logan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Coulee Region Humane Society or Horse Sense. Feel free to make send memorials for Coulee Region Humane Society directly to this weblink: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/couleehumane or mail them to: 911 Critter Court, Onalaska, WI 54650.

If you prefer to send memorials to Horse Sense in Coon Valley, please use this online link: https://horsesense-for-special-riders.networkforgood.com/projects/90232-horsesense-inc or mail memorials to: PO Box 906, La Crosse, WI 54602



  1. Lance Silha

    So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. Hope all is well with you. We’ll all miss Randy and his sense of humor
    Lance & Sandy Silha

    • Jeanne Gardner

      Dear Cheryl,
      Doug and I are saddened to see Randy’s passing. I always remember his forever smile and cheerful personality. Blessings my dear.

  2. Carol Susag Nelson

    Dear Cheryl: I’m so sorry to hear about Randy’s death. I was in the same class in high school and he was my first cousin. He was always so nice to me and I so appreciated his humor.
    Do you plan a memorial service?

  3. Marilyn Nordquist

    We have great, fun memories of sharing a road trip with Randy to Bowman a few years back. A lot of yarn spinning on that trip! We can picture a lot of that happening in heaven about now too! Thanks for the memories dear cousin.
    Marv and Marilyn

  4. Tressa Dodge

    Cheryl, Randy was a one of a kind. We loved it when he came to visit! He would put all of us, especially Dad in stitches. We loved it when he and Dad reminisced about their childhood and college life. He was always classy in his dress (ironing his jeans); telling jokes; playing baseball with us; and even helping paint fences. He will be missed by all of us.
    Jason, Tressa, Cheyenne and Suttyn Dodge

  5. Jon Rehm

    Sorry to hear of Randy’s passing our prayers will be with you. Randy & I were brothers in Farmhouse at NDSU and then reconnected when he was beef director at Tri State breeders & I was an AI tech & helped with preparing the calves for their club calf sales. We had so many good times together.

  6. Robert (Bob) Allen Sedevie

    To a former high school classmate, friend, relative, and farm neighbor, rest in peace Randy. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

    • Gary Wolberg

      I was saddened to hear that Randy passed away. He was one of my high school classmates and he was truly one of the funniest guys I have ever known. Though I had not seen him in years, I will always remember the last time I saw him because of his incredible sense of humor. He was one of those people who made high school a rewarding experience.

  7. Carol (Olson) Reichhoff (Dr J's)

    Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. My heart goes out to you for your loss. You and Randy shared a special kind of love. I hope you can find some peace in all the wonderful memories you two shared.

    • Peggy Boe

      Cheryl, sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. Sad times for us all. Peace in the days ahead. -Peg Boe

  8. Deb Fitzpatrick

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Cheryl and your family. Marian Meyer and Families

    • Brian Karen Kumm

      So sorry for your loss Cheryl. Also our condolences to all the siblings. Lots of great memories of Randy. Our prayers are with you

  9. Lillian Silha

    I’m so sorry to hear of Randy’s death. We had so many good times together, so many good laughs. I hope you can find consolation in remembering his wonderful sense of humor and kindness.


    I am so sorry to read the news this morning of Randy’s passing.
    He had the best sense of humor. I will never forget him at the “storm of the century”, talking about the cookies at the Legion when the lights went out.
    Rest in Peace, Randy. My deepest sympathy to you, Cheryl.
    Connie Collins

  11. The Herrmanns

    Cheryl, Sad to hear of Randy’s passing, but it brings back his days with us at Tri-State. His big smile, happy personality, and sense of humor makes for many wonderful memories. May he Rest In Peace.
    Dave and Diane Herrmann

  12. Mike Kendhammer

    So sorry to hear about Randy. I didn’t realize that he wasn’t doing well. Our prayers are with you. If there is anything I can help with please give me a call.
    Mike and Marilyn Kendhammer

  13. Jeanie and Larry Gaulke

    Cheryl, Larry and I always enjoyed time spent with you and Randy, and appreciated his sense of humor. Our deepest sympathy to you. We hope your memories bring you comfort.

  14. Ruthie Davis


    So sorry to read of Randy’s passing. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

    Ruthie, an old friend and co-worker

  15. Hutz & Jan

    Hi Cheryl, We are so sorry. You are in our thoughts and prayers. you take care. with Love, Hutz and Jan

  16. Vicki Anderson

    Cheryl… I am so sorry about Randy. We were 12 year classmates from Bowman Public School. He was always fun and nice to be around. He will be missed by the class of 1965 and others who knew him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Vicki Overland Anderson

  17. Julie Kish


    I’m saddened to hear of your Randy’s passing. Though I didn’t know him well, he must have been a very special person to have the love and devotion of a great person as you. My deepest sympathy to you. Hoping your memories of Randy ease the pain of loss. Sincerely, Julie Kriese Kish

  18. Jan Hutzenbuehler

    Hi again, Cheryl. I want to tell you to call me. I don’t have your number. My thoughts are with you. Love, Jan Hutz

  19. Cheryl Silha

    To thank you for your thoughtful kindness at a time when it was greatly appreciated.

  20. Katherine Rubin

    I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I remember looking up at him when I was little thinking that he was a giant. I will always remember him wearing a tan suit, a cowboy hat and having a kind laugh. My deepest sympathies, Katie Rubin (Silha)


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