Randy Rae Bethke

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September 18, 1956 ~ April 30, 2022

Randy R. Bethke, 65, Sioux Falls, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2022, in his home, with his wife, Karen beside him.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Monday, June 6, 2022, 2pm, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. (1700 S. Cliff Ave.) Please join the family to share stories, laughter, and tears. Cards may be sent to 744 Justus Ave., Unit 1, Harrisburg, SD, 57032.

Randy Rae Bethke was born on September 18, 1956, to Herman and Delores (Hage) Bethke, in Sioux Falls, SD. Randy and Karen were married October 25, 2002, in Sioux Falls, SD. They could never remember their anniversary date, so it was always a running joke that they celebrated from the 18th to the 26th of every October.

Randy loved all things outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending as much time as possible by the water. The stories he would share from hunting and fishing were priceless. He could also tell you how and where to catch any fish, maybe even give the exact coordinates. He even kept calendars marked with who he was with, where they were, and what they caught.

Randy had a contagious smile, a mischievous laugh, immense love for his family, and a solid taste in good music. He had a love for his grandchildren that they will carry with them, furthermore, they all had some great memories with him that they will cherish for years to come. He was devoted to his wife and loved to find her treasures; she never knew what he would bring home. You always knew when he was on the phone with his brother, Robert, you could hear the laughter from anywhere in the house and the stories would follow suite after the call ended. Randy also liked a tasty meal; he would have to heat his one plate of food several times before finishing and savored every bite. It is a family joke that we all had several helpings before he finished his first.

Grateful for having shared his life with his many family members, Randy is survived by wife, Karen; daughter, Brandi (Anthony) McCuen, son, Derek (Stephanie) Johnson, daughter, Jessica (Grant) Rahm; his grandchildren, Graeyson, Baereht, Morgan, Hannah, Ava, and Aspen; one brother, Robert (Allene) Bethke; and his nieces and nephews

Randy is preceded in death by his father, Herman; his mother Delores; his brothers, Glenn and Gerry.

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  • Howard+Smedsrud says:

    Karen and family, I’m sorry to see that your beloved Randy has passed away, I remember him not being in the best of health, non the less he was a good guy and I remember his laughter and jokes, he will be missed by the many people who knew him. Rest In Peace Randy Bethke.

  • Debbie Tuenge Compestine says:

    I’m so sorry that Randy passed away. I’m a cousin of his. We mainly saw each other at my gma and GPA Tuenge’s. Our mothers were pregnant at the same time. I remember him as a great guy! Prayers for the family. God bless!

  • Robert Bethke says:

    Heaven’s gain, our loss, Randy, the incredible brother that he was taken to be with the Lord too soon! I know we all are missing him each hour of every day, I am! I am so sorry Karen and family , I know how you all loved him , to know him was to love him! I cherish the memories I made with him, not a better fishing, hunting partner in all the world ! We all share the sorrow but rejoice in knowing he knew Jesus and is now in his Heavenly home! Brother, Robert

  • Connie Hirsch (Baumgartner) says:

    Karen & family, & Bethke family. I was so sorry to read in the paper that Randy had passed away. He always had that great smile. Perfect picture. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. .

  • Elaine Jones says:

    So sorry to hear about Randy.

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