Randy Baumgarten

randy baumgarten

Randy passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo,ND with family by his side.

Randy was born in Fargo on November 25, 1955, the son of Allen and Evelyn Baumgarten. Growing up with his two brothers on the family farm near Durbin, he graduated from Central Cass High School in 1974. Randy briefly continued his education at tech school in Colorado, before returning to the farm. He spent the rest of his life farming and ranching with his father and son, with stints of trucking and car restoration/painting interspersed between seasons. Married to Jacki Knapp from 1983 to 1992, together they raised 4 children, whom he loved dearly and was fiercely devoted to. Randy enjoyed staying up-to-date on the latest movies, going out to eat (especially at Zorbaz!), playing Phase Ten, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with his children, family, and many friends. He was eagerly awaiting his first grandchild, due in December.

Randy is survived by his brothers, Monte (Rachel) Baumgarten of Fargo; Robert (Cheryl) Baumgarten of West Fargo; his children, Krystle (Rick)Smith of Otsego, MN; Shayla Baumgarten (Jameson DeWitt) of Fargo; Alison(Bryant) Davis of Destin, FL; and Karl Baumgarten (Stephanie Wolf) of Fargo; his aunts, Lenora Dittmer of Fargo and Katie Cole of Citrus Heights, CA; and his uncle, Henry Holden of Valley City, ND. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews, Michelle (Aaron) Reynolds of Silverdale, WA; Meghan (Jason) Wateland of Fargo;  Jeremy (Sarah) Baumgarten of Kindred, ND and Jessica (Adam) Broers of Fargo; and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. Very sorry to hear that my dear cousin in North Dakota
    , passed away. I have Nice memories from my visit to the farm With you and Your wonderful children. My thoughts are with all of you!
    God bless the memories of Randy Baumgarten!

  2. Fargo ND
    We are so sorry to hear of your fathers death. He was a great man and always dedicated to his children’s activities. He will be missed by his family and friends. We are praying for you.

  3. I was there on the day our new baby brother came home and hugged you so hard mom said “your sqeezing him to hard” fact is I never quit “squeezing” because I loved him. I squeezed him the last time early Tues morn. Big brother was with you till the end. I know in my heart that your in God”s hands now and Mom & Dad are waiting with open arms. You will always be in my thoughts & prayers. You did good! Love Ya.

  4. Lidgerwood ND
    Our deepest sympathies to the Baumgarten family. We were shocked to hear of Randy’s passing.
    I got to know Randy, in our younger days, through toy collecting. It was always fun getting together and seeing who had the “best find”. Before I met Connie, she had the privilege of working with Randy’s mother, Evelyn. It was a crazy coincidence how we both got to meet them. They were friendly and happy-go-lucky individuals, as well as the entire family.
    We are going to miss Randy’s crazy laugh and smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

  5. Moorhead MN
    Krystle, Shayla, Allison and Karl,
    Our sincere sympathies to your family from our family. We were so shocked to read about your dad in the paper. I have sent a note to Whitney because I know she would want to be with you at this difficult time. Your dad leaves a tremendous legacy with all four of you and that is a wonderful reason to be thankful for his life. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Penny, Steve, Whitney & Logan Retzer

  6. Jamestown North Dakota
    My deepest sympathy to your family. Was shocked to read about Randy on my computer, so had to make sure & looked further. Can’t express how sorry I am to hear about your loss. May God help you heal & find comfort in the days to come. Won’t be able to attend the funeral, but please know my thoughts & prayers are with you all. May God Bless the family

  7. Krystle, Shayla, Alison and Karl,
    I love you guys to pieces and please know how very much it hurts to know that my favorite uncle in the WHOLE world will not be around to laugh with and tell stories to anymore. A trip home was never complete without a couple of visits out to the farm to see Uncle and you guys.There is just something about those visits that made me feel like a little kid again. I remember how excited he was when all of you were born, and how big he smiled when you were around. Each of you are lucky to have such a great daddy and I am so proud to have been his god-daughter and niece. I will love him and you guys ALWAYS and can’t wait to see you and give you hugs in a few weeks. Love Michelle

  8. Valley City ND
    Krystle, Alison, Shayla and Karl:

    My deepest sympathy to you, I know how much he loved you and the number of smiles he put on your face as little kids. I loved every minute spent with you guys.

    Each of you have amazing memories with your Dad, just know those memories will last your life time, never stop tell the stories of “Remember when….” they will make the empty hole in your hearts and lives not seem like such a vast opening. Do with your children all of the fun things you remember doing with your dad, and tell them the stories of “when I was …. I would do this with my dad” and keep those pictures out to remind your self of where you came from, where each of you learned how to smile those amazing Baumgarten smiles.

    Monte, Rachel, Robert and Cheryl:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your families as the loss of a brother/uncle is never easy, especially a brother/uncle like Randy. May his laughter and smile, bring a smile to your face and laughter to your heart.

  9. West Fargo ND
    Randy… My dear friend, my ex love. You are one of the greatest men besides my dad have ever know. I loved you very much when we were together and I am sorry it didn’t work out the way we hoped. But you and I stayed friends for that I am extremely grateful. You know I still cared, I always called to check up on you. I told you it was going to be ok the night before your surgery, I feel like I let you down. Your personality made me laugh and we could tease each other and have a good laugh doing so… Ill miss you deeply old friend, I will always remember my love for you and the time we spent together. You are my good friend and ill think of you always. “Oh my Darling, I hunger for your touch” Love Ya!

  10. Fargo ND
    Randy, we are blessed to have had you our lives. You were a great father and uncle wirh an energy that was so contagious. I am so grateful that I had the chance to share “I Love You’s” while you were sick and to introduce Avery to one of the best men I knew. Jason, Avery, and I will miss you deaply but know that we will see you again.

  11. Minco Oklahomafrom showing cattle at 4H days to going to DL and the lakes , going to Denver with Monty, you, Allen and Wilbert . hell l could write a book……… on all the
    stuff we done…….. I’ll never forget the words on my message from you, “LATER GUY”. Loved ya like a brother, will never forget ya, Gary Bunn

  12. Minneapolis MN
    We love you Randy and will never forget the good times we shared together. R.I.P old friend. Your struggle is over. Fly Randy Fly…so long to the “Wild One.” You’ll never be forgotten. All our love to your family. Prayers continue for all of us.

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