A Beloved Christian Warrior Has Gone Home -- Remembering Randy Larsen

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January 2024   


   Randolph “Randy” Kent Larsen, age 80, was called home by his Lord and Savior, surrounded with the love of family, on Monday morning, November 20, 2023.

   Randy was born in Albert Lea, MN to the late Christian Peter and Betty Lou (nee: Stevens) Larsen. He was a graduate of Washington Park High School. With a profound work ethic, Randy was the sole owner and operator of Lawn Specialists, working up to the day he went into the hospital.

   Saying that Randy lived his life according to his Christian faith is an understatement. He was constantly reading his Bible and looked forward to sharing the Word of God with anyone who would listen.

   Surviving are his children, Sunday (Jody) Muniz, Grant (Mikayla) Larsen and Verity Larsen; grandchildren, Alec (MacKenzie), Mitchell and MacKenzie Muniz; Johanna, Thomas, Ian and Katrin Larsen; great-grandchildren, Cole and Hayes DeClark-Muniz; brothers, Terry (Kay) Larsen and Duwayne (Ann) Larsen; sister, Julie (Karl) Weyhrauch; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 11:30 am in Calvary Baptist Church (9122 Durand Avenue in Sturtevant) with Pastor Richard Rogers officiating. Interment followed in West Lawn Memorial Park.  In memory of Randy, memorials to Alpha Women’s Center, Inc. (Milwaukee) have been suggested.

   I’m still experiencing the afterglow from the love that was shared at Randy Larsen’s celebration of life. The frigid temperature outside was contrasted by the warm fellowship and memories shared among his family and friends.

   During the funeral service, we heard about Randy’s great love for his Lord and fellow man. He was generous in hospitality, active in street ministry and defending the truth, diligent and fastidious in his landscaping livelihood, and eccentric enough to make life full of surprises!

   Randy was a unique man after God’s own heart. He was a theologian and evangelist, engaging his pastor in discussions, as well as strangers on the street. This made him an effectual proponent for pro-life and other ministries that pointed people to Christ.

   A former employee praised the high standards and organizational skills that Randy insisted on for his Christian-based business. Client satisfaction was his priority.

   Randy enjoyed the great outdoors and was also a big game hunter! One relative recounted a hunting trip to Wyoming where Randy shot an elk . . . over on the NEXT MOUNTAIN with a river running through the valley!  It took two hikes down the mountain, across the river, and halfway up the other mountain to quarter and retrieve the 800-pound carcass, hoisting some of the bounty into trees until the second trek. You can’t make up stories like that!

   Another man on that trip spoke about the drive home from that hunting trip — straight through — when everyone was exhausted and eyelids were drooping. One of the men engaged Randy in a theological discussion that kept them both alert!

   Randy’s love of family was paramount, and one person proclaimed that Randy had assembled another family of Christian friends. I’m sure everyone present agreed. On my way home as the sun was setting, I beheld two opposing cloud rainbows gleaming in the overcast sky; a rare phenomenon that seemed to symbolize peace and hope.

   I knew, respected and greatly admired Randy Larsen for his steadfast faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and our Creator, God Almighty.  Randy was a long-time reader of Wisconsin Christian News, and I first met him at one of our WCN Conferences MANY years ago.

   Over the years, he never missed one of our Conferences.  He attended every one, and often brought others along with him.

   In April of 2023, the Lord led me to invite Randy to speak — say a few words to our audience in attendance at that Conference.  Rather than speak, he sang “The Lord’s Prayer.”  It was a moving experience for all.  The photo above is of Randy singing that glorioius song that day.  I didn’t know at the time that Randy was ill.  He never shared that with me, but just a few months later, he was gone, and will be dearly missed by so many.  His life of faithfulness to God was an inspiration to all.  He was a genuine Christ-follower.

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