Randall Christensen

October 7, 2018

A celebration of life for Randall Christensen, 68, Sturgis, S.D., will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Rapid City Event Center. Olsheid and Schmidt Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.


Randall ended his two-year battle with ALS on Oct. 2, 2018. He was born Nov. 26, 1949, in Norfolk to Gale M. Christensen and Grace (Albrecht) Christensen.

Randall graduated from Pierce High School in 1967. He attended Norfolk Junior College and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He married Patricia Hahn on June 25,1970. They were blessed with two children, Dean and Julie. They later divorced.

He married Rochelle Andrew on Feb. 14, 2000. After college, he worked with his father in the fertilizer business. He also worked for Cargill as a feedlot consultant. Randall managed the Bancroft Elevator and feedlot, which led to building and running Willow Creek Cattle Co. south of Plainview until 1998. He then began to do what he always loved — training, breeding and showing horses full time.

Randall served as president of the South Dakota Reined Cow Horse Association. He also served on the board of directors for the Central States Fair. In 2015, he was awarded the WPRA Best Footing Award winner at the NFR.

Randall is survived by his son, Dean (Jennifer) of Scottsbluff; his daughter, Julie (Eric) Eisenbraun of Rapid City, S.D.; six grandchildren, Abby, Presley, Miles, Stone, Weston and Tucker; three stepgrandchildren, Seth, Payton and Brealyn; a brother, Gary (Carolyn) Christensen of Lincoln; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorials be made in his honor to a fund that has been set up under his name at www.alsa.org.

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