Randy L. Liden, 60

Thief River Falls – Randy Liden of Thief River Falls, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his residence with his loving family by his side, at the age of 60 years, 8 months and 28 days.
Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Randy LeRoy Liden was born on August 20th, 1957 at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls, the son of Donovan and Alice (Schwarz) Liden. Randy was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, where he was baptized and confirmed. Randy attended Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.
On April 28th, 1979, Randy was united in marriage to Crystal Harbott at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. To this loving union two daughters were born: Erin and Kelsey.
Randy worked at Arctic Cat from 1974-1979; his last years at Arctic were spent travelling and testing wet bikes and snowmobiles, until an accident ended his employment. For 22 years, he and his family owned and operated Liden’s Lefse, peelin’ taters and flipping sheets. “Yeah sure you betcha, it was the best Lefse known to man!”
Randy was employed by Hjelle Roofing from 1987 to 2012; he loved and respected his boss Clayton, and held him in the highest regard. During his illness, if they were working in TRF and Randy saw the Hjelle Boom Truck, he was there…chattin it up with the guys. He missed them all.
In 2006 Randy and Crystal purchased LaundryLand, where the two of them worked hand-in-hand to build the business. In working together, Randy and Crystal got to know each other all over again! And as corny as this sounds, although married for several years, they fell for each other harder than they did the first time. LaundryLand was Randy’s baby right up to the end.
Randy loved spending time with his grandchildren (his pride and joy) & family. His love for hunting was immeasurable – he loved, loved, loved hunting! He loved spending time driving around with his big brother, looking for the next hunt.
Randy also enjoyed being at the lake, fishing, golfing, bird watching, coin collecting, playing pool, snowmobiling and curling. Rumor has it, he was one of the best curlers of his time! When the Liden boys curled, the competition knew they were in trouble. Athleticism came natural to him and he excelled at everything he did.
Randy also enjoyed following MSNBC, the stock market, and of course, he always had a “scratchie” in his hand; it was a daily ritual.
Everyone who knew Randy, knew him as a jokester. He was full of life and always had a positive outlook. He could turn tears into smiles with one ‘wise crack’. He was always talking about the future and not dwelling on the past. Randy filled the house with song; you’d always catch him singing or humming.
Randy lived a beautiful, full, simple life. He worked hard, he played hard and he loved hard.
Survivors include his wife Crystal, daughters Erin Liden and Kelsey (Craig) Lawrence, grandchildren Ezra Lawrence, Charlie Lawrence and Kenya Liden, Siblings Larry (Deborah Mostrom) Liden, Tammy (Dennis) Rantanen and Jeff Liden, all of Thief River Falls. Nieces and nephews: Cati, Sarah, Donny, Ryan, Allison, Jason and Josh; mother-in-law, Shelly Harbott; and many other relatives and friends.
Randy is preceded in death by his parents, uncles, aunts and father-in-law. May his memory be forever blessed.
Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Service Thief River Falls, MN
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