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Randall "Randy" Praeuner

September 22, 1950 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Randall "Randy" Praeuner Obituary

Funeral Services for Randall C. “Randy” Praeuner, age 73, of Battle Creek, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2024, at St. John Lutheran Church in Battle Creek. Reverend Joseph Leech will officiate, with interment will be in the church cemetery. 

The funeral service will be livestreamed on the funeral home’s website. 

Military Honors conducted by the Army National Guard Honor Guard and American Legion Post 75. 

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church. 

Steffen Mortuary in Battle Creek is in charge of arrangements.

He passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at his home in Battle Creek.

Randy Praeuner was born September 22, 1950, in Norfolk, Nebraska to Carl and Ann (Heybrock) Praeuner. At the age of five years old, Randy moved to Neligh, Nebraska where he was occasionally mischievous. In 1968, he graduated from Neligh High School. Following graduation, Randy attended Chadron State College, then he decided to chase Belinda Power to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 

On August 23, 1970, Randy married Belinda Power at First Congregational Church in Neligh. The couple was blessed with two children, Jennifer and Matthew. The family moved to Tekamah, Nebraska where he was a retail meat cutter.

Randy was drafted into the military in 1971. He served in the last active artillery Unit - F Infantry 26 FA in Vietnam. When he came home from Vietnam Randy was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He was discharged in November of 1972 where they moved to Tecumseh, Nebraska and a year later settled in Battle Creek. 

He worked at Red Bud Hardware for Don and Mildred Praeuner from 1974 to 1987. He owned Randy’s True Value from 1987 to 1997, then worked as a territorial manager for Medardt selling Kohler engines from 1997 to 2016, and then he retired. 

Randy enjoyed cheering on his kids at their sporting activities. He served as PTL President at St. John’s Lutheran School, and elder and trustee at St. John Lutheran Church. Randy was a member of the American Legion Post in Battle Creek. He loved grilling and cooking for family and friends. In retirement, Randy enjoyed playing golf, fishing, traveling, and being around the grandkids. 

He is survived by his wife, Belinda; daughter, Jennifer (Vince) Stephens of Elkhorn; son, Matthew (Stephanie) Praeuner of Downers Grove, IL; grandchildren, Justin, Kailee and Elyssa Stephens and Keanu and Kylo Praeuner; brothers, Reverend Daniel (Patti) Praeuner of Ranchester, WY and Roger Praeuner of Denver, CO; and nieces and nephews.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Thayne and Betty Power; and sister-in-law, Roxanne Praeuner.

Memorials are suggested to Faith Regional Health Services Hospice, Carson Cancer Center, or St. John Lutheran Church in Battle Creek.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
February 8, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church (Battle Creek)

Funeral Service
Friday
February 9, 2024

10:30 AM
St. John Lutheran Church (Battle Creek)
 

Video is available for this event



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