Obituary: Randal Gengler (02/16/22) | The Mars Daily Sentinel
Randal “Randy” Paul Gengler, 70, of Oyens, died after a short illness Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, surrounded by his family at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City.
Randy was born on January 11, 1952 in Le Mars, son of Al M. and Shirley (singer) Gengler. He grew up on a farm southwest of Remsen and attended Remsen St. Mary’s Elementary and Secondary School, graduating in 1970. Randy enlisted in the Iowa National Guard in 1971 and served was stationed at Fort Leonard, Missouri, for six months. He was honorably discharged in 1977.
Randy worked for Remsen Lumber Yard for a year. In 1972, he started working at the Coop d’Oyens, where he became manager in 1975. He spent 45 years at the Coop and retired in 2017.
He married Ann Harnack in Remsen on February 20, 1971. They lived in Remsen for three years before moving to Oyens in 1974. Randy was active in the community of Oyens where he served on the town council, fire department d’Oyens and as an EMT. with the fire and rescue services of Oyens.
He was a member of St. Catherine’s Parish and Finance Councils and St. Catherine’s and St. Mary’s School Boards.
Randy’s faith and family were very important to him. He enjoyed reading, watching movies, playing golf, looking for treasure with his metal detector, making beef jerky and head cheese, which he enjoyed sharing with family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time in Florida. with his family.
Randy is survived by his wife, Ann d’Oyens; daughters, Kelli Farrell and her children, Tyler and Kaitlin; Amy (John) Riley and their children, Donovan and Andrew; and Jackie Gengler, all of Homestead, Florida; mother, Marge (Ken) Kohler of Remsen; brothers, Bob (Doris) Gengler of Remsen; Dan (Suzie) Gengler of Remsen; Mike Gengler of Mars; sisters, Carole (Dick) Ludwig of Lawton; Carla (John) Weber of Marcus; Karyn (Steve) Flaspohler of Moulton; stepmother, Pat Harnack of Remsen; in-laws, Hank Canup of New Syrmna Beach, Florida; Janet (Mike) Augustine of Sioux City; Lisa (Chris) Feller of Woodbine; Dave (Amy) Harnack from the Mars and many nieces and nephews.
His parents predeceased him; daughter, Kari, in infancy; sister, Kathy Canup; father-in-law, Clayton Harnack and sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Pat Sheehan.
Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 18, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Remsen, with Father Timothy Pick officiating, Father Tim Hogan concelebrating, and Deacon Doug Heeren assisting. Interment will follow at Sainte-Catherine d’Oyens Cemetery. Military honors at the cemetery will be conducted by Remsen’s VFW Post 3328 and American Legion Post 220.
Visitation with family will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, there will be a parish service of prayer of the Rosary and wake at 5 p.m., all at the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visiting will resume one hour before the funeral on Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Scott Sheehan, Brian Weber, Russ Feller, Keith Gengler, Josh Gengler and Colt Ludwig.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the family for a cause to be decided at a later date.
Please send to the Randy Gengler family, at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument, PO Box 262, Remsen Iowa 51050.