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Randy D. Schauer

October 6, 1963 - January 18, 2023

U.S. Veteran

Visitation – Thur. Jan. 26, 2023, 4-8 PM Henry W. Anderson Mortuary 14850 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley Reception – Fri. Jan. 27, 2023, 2-6 PM Apple Valley Legion Club 14521 Granada Dr., Apple Valley Interment – Ft. Snelling National Cemetery 12:45 PM, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

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And the greatest is love.
Randy Dale Schauer, 59, passed away on January, 18th, 2023. He was at Red Lake on his 
annual fishing trip with the boys from Nuss when his heart stop beating. Even after immediate
and heroic efforts, they could not bring him back.
Randy was born in Minneapolis to Barb and Hillard Schauer. He had three older brothers, Jim,
Bruce and Kevin. He grew up near Lake Nokomis in south Minneapolis and spent a great deal
of time fishing the local lakes starting at an early age. He moved to Bloomington in junior high
and graduated from Bloomington Jefferson High School in 1981. That fall he enlisted in the
Army. He went through boot camp and then was with the 82nd Airborne for two years. He then
did a year of Army Reserves followed by 20 years with the 27th Aerial Port Squadron at the 934
AW in Minneapolis.
When he came back to Minnesota after his time in the Army, he moved back to Bloomington
and attended Normandale Community College. He started working at Sweeney Brothers
Tractor in the parts department in 1984 and bought a home in Burnsville. He continued his
education at Metropolitan State University where he met the love of his life. On April 1, 1991,
he walked Jill Gerecke to her car after class in downtown Minneapolis and they have been
together ever since.
Randy and Jill married in June of 1996. Angela was born in 1998 and Brian in 2000. No one
loved being a father as much as Randy.
In 2002, they moved to Farmington where Angela and Brian excelled at school and grew into
amazing young adults.
Randy moved into the Sales Department at Sweeney Bros. and continued with them as they
became Nuss Truck and Equipment selling Construction equipment. He was with the combined
companies for over 38 years and counted many of his customers as friends.
Randy had a passion for his family, fishing and sports. He had a love/hate relationship with the
Minnesota Vikings, the North Stars, the Wild and the Twins. Anyone who watched a sporting
event with Randy, knows how passionate he was. He was also very passionate about any sport
or activity that involved Angela and Brian. He played softball for many years with a team from
St James Lutheran Church where many great friendships and memories were made on and off
the field with Jill and the kids his biggest fans.
And of course, he loved fishing. Talking fishing, watching fishing, teaching fishing to others, and
of course, best of all, being out on the water fishing. His favorite fishing partners were his son
Brian and the Big Shooter, Jack Naylor.
He also loved to plan trips and travel. During his time with the Air Force Reserve he went to
Germany, Okinawa, Guam, Hawaii, Alaska and many other destinations. He would always
make a point to get out and see the sights wherever he went. There were also family trips to
South Dakota, Alaska, the UP, North Shore and many more - with more that were in the works.
Randy’s love of his family and friends knew no bounds. He was always willing to help and loved
getting together for anything from a bonfire to a poker party to a family reunion or just a good
party. He loved to be among the people he loved and who loved him.
He could not have been a better father or husband. He shared his love and pride in the them
with everyone he met and it was definitely a two way street with the love we had for him.
He was taken from us too soon and will be missed dearly every day. The love that is inside our
hearts and the love he shared with others will live on forever.
And now three things remain, Faith, Hope, and Love, and the greatest is Love.
Randy is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jill, his children, Angela and Brian, his mother Barb,
his brothers Bruce and Kevin, his step-dad Ken Johnson, and extended family and friends.
There will be a review on Thursday, January 26th from 4-8 pm at Henry W Anderson Funeral
Home in Apple Valley.
On Friday, January 27th there will be a Celebration of Life Party at the Apple Valley American
Legion from 2-6 pm. At 3 pm, there will be a short program honoring Randy.
On Friday, February 3rd, he will be interred at Fort Snelling Cemetary at 12:45 pm. Any one
wishing to attend the service should arrive at the Main Office by 12:30 pm.