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Randall Staples 07/29/2023

Randall (Randy) Mark Staples of New Richmond, age 64, died at his home on July 29, 2023 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Randy was born on July 2, 1959, the son of Mark P. Staples and Jeaneen (Senjem) Staples. He graduated from New Richmond High School in the class of 1978.

Randy showed his mechanical abilities early. As a child he would modify his bicycles to go faster and make new bikes from junk parts. Once he took two skis, a lot of fiberglass and made a Monoboard in shop class, (way before Burton even dreamed of a snowboard). He was always thinking of a new or better way to do things. He took that ingenuity with him as he found his place in the work force. Randy worked alongside his father for many years doing bodywork and custom painting. He was a very skilled artist and excelled at airbrushing. Always striving to learn new skills he took on many rolls to further his abilities. He eventually landed at GML/Immedia where he worked for 26 years. He was always striving to improve the efficiency of the machinery and the production process. His skills and work ethic were recognized and his rolls changed and evolved to a position where he was able to express his engineering and creative skills inventing new systems and products that are still in retail stores today. Randy’s dream was to own his own business and in 2015 he realized that goal by starting Frog Hollow Studios with his wife Aimee. Together they designed, fabricated and installed hundreds of custom marketing pieces and environments. “From Concept to Completion” was their motto and together they completed A LOT.

Randy never turned away from a challenge. From car repair, home construction to metal fabrication, woodworking or landscaping, he could literally do it all. And if on the rare occasion he didn’t know how to do something he would always figure it out. His attention to detail and passion for quality was apparent in everything he created.

In his free time Randy loved being in nature, especially in Canada hunting, fishing and boating with his family and friends. He also had a passion and reverence for music, attending live concerts was one of his favorite activities. Music was always playing in Randy’s shop, home or car.

Randy kindness was infectious and he loved to help others, always willing to lend a capable hand. There was never a stranded person on the side of the road he didn’t check to make sure they we ok. He was loved and respected by his community of friends, neighbors and coworkers for his integrity and selflessness.

Randy’s greatest joy was his beloved family. He doted on his granddaughters, created special relationships with his children, adored his wife, loved his brother and sister dearly and believed his mom hung the moon. We are so fortunate to have been loved so deeply by this incredible irreplaceable man.

Randy is preceded in death by his brother Michael, his father, Mark Staples, son Paul Staples, Grandparents, Ralph and Anita (Matter) Senjem and Mark and Vesta (Moltz) Staples.

He is survived by his wife, Aimee Dixon and stepdaughter Sadira Burgess, son Brent (Ali) Staples, daughter, Randi Staples and their mother Laura Meyer, mother, Jeaneen Staples, brother, Jon (Holly) Staples and sister Teresa Staples. He left 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, many nieces and nephews, family and friends and his beloved Boxers Poncho and Cora.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Minnesota Boxer Rescue.

Visitation was held on Saturday, August 12, 2023 from 4-7 pm at West Immanuel Lutheran Church 447 180th St, Osceola, WI and on Sunday from 2-3 pm at the Church.  A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at 3 pm at West Immanuel Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Randy’s Memorial Service


  • Ann Simpson Posted August 1, 2023 12:38 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I worked at GML for years with him along with Brent. He was the kindest, most generous person I have known. Always smiling and willing to help. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. Heaven has gained a very special man. Ann

  • Susan Jones Posted August 1, 2023 5:43 pm

    So sorry to hear of his passing. Our hearts are with Aimee, Sadira and Randy’s family.

  • Dave Schmelter Posted August 1, 2023 6:20 pm

    Randy was a very good friend, he was an amazingly skilled craftsmen. His constant optimistic attitude thru his fight against cancer was so impressive. I will miss him greatly. My heart goes out to Amie and his family. He iwas one great guy. God is lucky to have him by his side.

  • Larry & Marion Charboneau Posted August 2, 2023 2:13 pm

    Hi Aimee, we are so sorry to hear of your loss🙏🙏🙏
    May GOD be with you at this time. Randy was so loving and we
    Loved him so much, He will be really missed🙏. He is with GOD now. Sincere regards.

  • Rick Barron Posted August 2, 2023 6:28 pm

    You’re free now brother. Save chairs for us all at the table in Heaven. I can’t count the times we shared together nor the adventures. Thank you Aimee for loving our dear friend so completely. Grateful we left no words unsaid. You were beautiful

  • Chuck Stanley Posted August 2, 2023 6:40 pm

    Aimee, Sidira and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this loss of our loved one. Randy truly was a great friend and loved one to us all. We all are with you in this tragic time. Lucky Lucy and myself send our deepest regards and prayers to you in this time of need and love. Randy gave it the greatest of fights and now is with his lord. His spirit will certainly inspire us all. Love, blessings and sympathy to you all!

  • Mike Molloy Posted August 2, 2023 6:55 pm

    I was so saddened to hear of Randy’s passing. He will be missed by so many. I met him through work when I was in need of an Important install. By recommendation I reached out to Randy,, and never wanted to work with another local installer thereafter. Randy was one of only a small handful of people I trusted completely. He was kind, smart, and had an awesome obsessive gene where he wouldn’t give up until up until he was absolutely certain there wasn’t a way to make something work. It seems he carried that same never-give-up attitude through his cancer fight as well. He was a great man. So kind and warm. It was an honor having gotten to know him, and I am thankful for having had him (and Aimee) in my life.

  • Christine Welsh Posted August 3, 2023 8:01 am

    Randy and I worked together at Immedia. He was a wonderful teammate and friend. He amazed me with his creative solutions and work ethic. Randy was the salt of the earth, a dedicated family man and friend you could always count on. I will never forget the cool luge he built for Paul in the backyard. I am sorry for your loss, Randy is unforgettable, well-loved, and respected by many.

  • Lori Halvorson Opelt Posted August 3, 2023 1:13 pm

    My deepest condolences to everyone in Randy’s family. It has been several years since I have seen Randy- but as I look at his picture, he is still the teenager that helped my dad LaMoyne Halvorson. Randy always had a smile on his face and patient to work for a guy who could be demanding! Randy would help hay, paint wooden fences white, fix old tractors and whatever would be on the list- I’m so sorry to hear he battled cancer. I just wanted you to know what a difference he made with our family, almost 50 years ago.

  • Brian Harstad Posted August 3, 2023 2:25 pm

    It is hard to put into words how INCREDIBLE a man Randy was. I cannot find one bad thing to say about him – which says a lot all by itself. He was so much to so many people. I believe his only fault is that he had a hard time saying “NO”. Such a wonderfully creative, innovative, hardworking and caring person. Truly one of the BEST people I have ever known…and even prouder to be able to call him my friend. Like many, Randy’s absence will be missed and will leave a huge, grateful hole in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers go out to AImee and his loving family and friends. I would encourage everyone to hug the people you care about and tell them how much they mean to you. Life can be too short at times…and it certainly was with Randy.

  • Lynn Gorzlancyk Posted August 3, 2023 3:56 pm

    Randy was my brother in law. I knew him when he was young. He had dreams that he eventually saw to fruition. Our children spent time together as they were growing up. I will always remember the family vacation to South Dakota. The years have passed quickly. I will remember what you said to me the last time I saw you. Don’t wait to do the things you dream of. Rest in peace Randy.

  • Brian Hughes Posted August 3, 2023 6:08 pm

    I am saddened to hear about Randy’s passing. His kindness and hard work ethical were unparalleled. I remember having Randy spend the night at my house as we worked all day until 2 or 3 am to get a project complete. I lived close to GML and he needed some sleep so we could get back at it again early the next morning. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that Randy touched in his lifetime. God Bless

  • John Ledy Posted August 3, 2023 6:28 pm

    Randy was a co-work of mine like several others that have posted. I worked with Randy at GML which then became Immedia. My day was always brightened by his great smile and ever present energy. He had an amazing creative talent to solve very complex customer requests. He truly will be missed!!!

  • Michelle Falk Posted August 4, 2023 7:26 am

    So very sad to hear of Randy’s passing I worked at GML and Immedia with him and he was always smiling, happy and kind. God bless him and his family.

  • Eisbrenner Family Posted August 4, 2023 7:28 am

    Our sincere condolences to Randy’s family and friends. What an absolutely beautifully written obituary. We didn’t know Randy but from all the comments we have read he was a wonderful person who was truly loved. Randy touched many lives and will be thought of often and never forgotten. This Bible scripture recorded in John 5:28 has been of comfort to our family when experiencing a loss. It reads “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus Christ) voice and come out “. The death of a loved one is extremely painful but have faith in God Jehovah’s promise of a resurrection. May the God of all comfort give strength and his love to each of you always.

  • Rita Marie Posted August 4, 2023 12:10 pm

    When I got the news that Uncle Randy had passed away i was saddened that we lost another beautiful person in our family. At the same time I thought how blessed I was to have seen Uncle Randy last summer around this same time at his granddaughter Maya’s open house. I had not seen Uncle Randy for about 15 years but when I did get to see him last summer it was as if that much time had not passed. My sister Laura G and I went up to him and said hey Uncle Randy and as always we were greeted with his bright smile and a warm and loving hug. (That Laura G and I will never forget! Uncle Randy looked at us while he was hugging us and said don’t let it be another 15 years girls. I am praying for everyone who was blessed to have lnown Uncle Randy may he rest in enternal peace with the heavenly father. I love and miss you! Love, Rita Marie (niece)

  • Peggy Gerszewski Posted August 5, 2023 2:00 pm

    I also worked with Randy at GML. He cared so much about everyone he worked with. I considered him a close friend through some very trying years. I’m so sad I lost track of him and now I’ve lost the chance to connect ever. I’m so saddened to hear this.

  • Jody Lenz Posted August 5, 2023 10:05 pm

    I knew Randy (and Aimee) because they joined our CSA farm many years ago. This is what I wrote in this week’s newsletter- We’ll miss you Randy!!!! Much love to you Aimee! “We lost one of our community this week. Randy Staples passed away from Cancer this past weekend. He and his wife Aimee have been members for a long time. They have designed and built the sign at the end of our driveway, designed our brochures and business cards, fixed equipment and helped with home improvement projects. In return, they ate our veggies, became our friends and part of our lives. Randy was even our daughter’s “model” when she needed to take her test to become a licensed barber. Who knows when someone asks to sign up for vegetables all that might come of it. We will miss Randy. We’re grateful we got to share the same space as him for a little while on this earth.”

  • Jason Dennis Posted August 6, 2023 2:46 pm

    Randy inspired me to be the person I am today; his creativity and problem-solving skills were the best I’ve ever seen. I was lucky enough to work with him and spend time with him off the clock. Helping build his house and watching his ideas come to life made large projects seem not so overwhelming. At one point he offed to repaint the hood of my truck that was damaged. When I got it back the entire front of my truck had custom ghost flames that turned heads wherever it went. Randy always went the extra mile. He will be missed immensely.

  • Candy Harding Posted August 7, 2023 6:18 pm

    So saddened to hear of Randy’s passing, he always had so much energy, such a positive attitude and just an all around good guy. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Randy, but we worked together at GML but I always admired him and how hardworking and kept a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

  • Sherri Wallgren Posted August 7, 2023 8:31 pm

    I am saddened and very sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I worked with Randy at GML and Immedia for many years, He was always smiling and willing to help anyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Randy’s family. 🙏

  • Margaret GM Posted August 9, 2023 12:23 am

    My heart goes out to all of Randy’s family, especially my Mayo Clinic colleague Brent. This obituary is so well written, so poignant. I truly feel like I know Randy. Brent, please know of my compassion and empathy for you and your family. I’ll hold all of you in my prayers, including Randy, of course. Brent, we’ll talk later. if there is anything I can do to help you, don’t hesitate to ask! Fondly…

  • John Atkinson Posted August 9, 2023 8:40 am

    I worked with Randy at Immedia and he always had the best attitude and the best smile. Our thoughts and prayers to Aimee and family

  • Patti Klusmeyer Posted August 13, 2023 1:10 pm

    I am so very sorry Aimee on the loss of your husband. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during the difficult time.

  • Scott Gorzlancyk Posted August 13, 2023 5:50 pm

    Randy’s friend, Rick Barron was traveling on tour with Bryan White when he stopped in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Randy called us up and asked if we wanted to go to the concert at UWSP. He met us there and we got a chance to watch the performance and meet Bryan and his band. Randy loved music and especially sharing the experience with others. Thanks for the memory, Randy. We love you, Scott and Lynn.

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