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Randy J. Sagen

April 2, 2021 | 15 comments

Randy J. Sagen, 64, of La Crosse, WI passed away on March 29, 2021. Visitation will be held at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI on Thursday, June 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Randy graduated from Logan High School in 1975. He was a member of the Logan wrestling team. He attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, earning a Design Drafting degree and worked for Trane Company for 10.5 years upon graduation. While working at Trane Company, he attended Viterbo University to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. When our dad got cancer, it inspired him to go back to school and he earned a Biology/Chemistry degree, hoping to become a doctor. He eventually went to Northwestern Health Sciences University, Minneapolis, MN earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Randy enjoyed biking, fishing, boating, water skiing (including bare footing), and spending time with the family, especially his nieces and nephews. There were many rousing games of cribbage with the nieces and nephews in the house he shared with his parents. He cared for our mom as she recuperated from her triple bypass surgery several years ago and again as she began to fail with dementia a few years ago. The family truly appreciates Randy’s care of our mom.

He is survived by his three siblings, Susan (Michael) DiClemente, Jeffry (Fay) Sagen, and Gerald (Kathy) Sagen. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews – Scott Graham of Carrolton, TX; Daniel Graham of Marietta, GA; and Sarah (Brian) Wilson of Matthews, NC; Andrew (Gena) Sagen of Littleton, CO; AnnMarie (Kelly) Nindorf of W. Des Moines, IA; Eric & Emily Sagen of La Crosse, WI; Bryan (Angie) Sagen of Onalaska, WI; Brenda (Thomas) Reuter of Mindoro, WI; 13 great nieces and nephews – Dylan Graham of The Colony, TX; Alyssa, Kylie & Cooper Wilson of Matthews, NC; Ezre & Keona Sagen of Littleton, CO; Silvyana & Beckett Nindorf of W. Des Moines, IA; Nicholas, Tyler & Mason Sagen of Onalaska, WI; and Ayla & Grayson Reuter of Mindoro, WI. Randy is also survived by his uncle, Daniel (Barbara) Sullivan of Onalaska, WI; his aunt, Marlene Sullivan and numerous cousins.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother and father – Dorothy and Gerald (Jerry) Sagen, his grandparents – Erwin & Rosina Sullivan and Oscar & Mathilde Sagen. He was also preceded in death by three of his maternal uncles and aunts: James and Dorothy Sullivan, Robert J (Marlene) Sullivan, William and Bonnie Sullivan and his paternal uncle and aunt Oscar (Bud) Sagen and Joanne.

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15 Comments

  1. Greg Sullivan

    My sincerest condolences to the family . I will remember Randy’s keen sense of humor and joyful laughs we all enjoyed.

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    • Kay L.

      We will miss seeing Randy biking, running or walking with his mom in the neighborhood. A friendly, wonderful guy. Miss you Randy.

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  2. Gerriann

    I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Gerriann (Christenson) Martinez

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    • Lynda Taylor

      I was so saddened to hear of Randy’s death. He was an amazing person who cared deeply for others. He gave of himself to others He so loved his mother and took such good care of her.Their walks were so inspiring. It was an honor to know Randy. He will be missed by so many.

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  3. Todd Sullivan

    Thoughts and prayers sent to his family. He will be missed. He always had a story or a joke to tell. He was a great caregiver to aunt Dorothy, will miss seeing them all over the place walking or shopping. R.I.P.

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  4. Donna Viner

    I was introduced to Randy and his mom Dorothy by Colleen Sullivan about 6 years ago. I would always see him with his mom and the love and care he had for her. He would talk about what he was renovating in the house. Something new all the time and to make it better livable for mom. All the landscape work he would do. He loved being active and made sure his mom got out walking the mall. I walked mall and see them and walk with them. I also would bumped into them at different restaurants during lunch and we would all sit together and chit chat about what we both are doing and laugh and smile. He always had something funny to say. We would also get mom to smile too. He made sure she ate her food to stay as healthy as possible. He was one of the kindest men I knew. I thank God I got to know him in the past 6 years. Bless you Randy and your Mom too.

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    • Cindy Van Riper Buckholtz

      I am very sorry to hear about Randy’s passing. I remember him from high school he was one of the kindest people I knew. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I hope your memories will help you get through the next few days.

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  5. Jeanne and Neil Bornitz

    Both Neil & I are so sorry to hear this – in fact, were shocked. Your family is in our prayers and thoughts.

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  6. Loren Rochester

    So very sorry for your loss!

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  7. Jeff and Linda

    It is with a very, very heavy heart that I am writing this condolence.
    Randy was just not my cousin, he was also Jeff’s and my best friend.
    We enjoyed stopping by his house, visiting with he and Dorothy when on the river. Randy was never too busy to lend a hand when
    needed. Jeff and Randy bounced ideas off of each other while remodeling both homes over the years.
    We will miss you. Until we see you again, we love you Ran.

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  8. Adela L Kennelly

    We our deepest sympathy for you and the family. He has now joined his parents in heaven. May the repose of his soul and all the faithfully departed rest in peace.

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  9. Michael J & Anne Marie Clements

    Our condolences to your whole family. We will always remember Randy for the special care he gave your mother and frequent stops with her at our farm to visit.

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  10. Carol Petrowski

    Randy was one of my favorite patrons when I was a reference Librarian at the Onalaska library. He often brought his mother with him and he was so attentive to her. He was friendly, courteous and a delightful person. He will be missed.
    Carol P.

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  11. Kathy Colclasure

    While we never met Randy knowing his sister Susan he must have been a terrific guy especially as he took care of your Mom–He has found his Peace–Blessings and sympathies Kathy and Bill Colclasure

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  12. Rebecca Pittman

    The Pittman family is truly saddened to hear of Randy’s passing…..especially so soon after losing Dorothy. My parents Bob and Rose Pittman lived down the street from the Sagens for almost 30 years. Randy helped them in so many ways. It was always so nice to see him with his mom all over. So caring. Becky and Tom Pittman

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