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Randy Beernink

May 5, 2019
Estherville News

Funeral services for Randy Beernink, 62, of Estherville, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Cory Allard officiating. He died Friday, May 3, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Randall Jay Beernink was born in Sioux Center, Iowa, on May 2, 1957, to Hermina (VanderMaten) and Eugene Beernink.

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He graduated high school from Sioux Center in 1975. Randy attended Northwestern College in Orange City and earned his bachelor's degree in business administration. Randy also attended the University of Iowa where he earned an additional bachelor's degree in computer science. He played basketball during high school and throughout his college career at Northwestern.

For 36 years, he shared his expertise at the Iowa Lakes Community College Computer Center eventually becoming the Director. He was awarded the Administrator of the year award 4 times since 1999. Known for his dry, witty sense of humor, Randy was referred to at work as the "computer god." To quote a former co-worker, "He was the nicest guy no matter how many times I forgot my password."

On October 22, 1988, Randy married his best friend and love, Kathleen Jean DeVries. Randy and Kathy settled in Estherville, Iowa, where they built a home and raised their five children. Randy's grandchildren were the light of his world, and "Papa" was their "best friend." Family and his faith meant everything to Randy. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Estherville where he sang in the choir. Randy and Kathy also enjoyed working in their yard, biking, and their Friday date nights. Randy was a devout New York Yankee's fan. In 2006 Randy and Kathy traveled to New York to see them play at the original Yankee Stadium.

Randy's life will continue to be celebrated by his wife Kathy; his five children and nine grandchildren, Jessica Payton and her children Shelby and Aaron; Marshall Payton and his children Ezra and Kade; Alyssa Payton (Joe Boeke) and her children Calah, Collin and Cason, Hannah Ward (Andrew) and their children Degan and Emma, Nicholas Beernink (Mara Irmiter); parents Hermina and Eugene Beernink; brother Greg Beernink (Connie) and their children. Randy will also continue to be fondly remembered by his extended family and many friends.

Randy is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.



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