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Randy Edward Knowlen

August 8, 1979 ~ November 16, 2021 (age 42)


Randy Knowlen, 42, of Paynesville, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 16, while working near Rapid City, SD.

A public visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday, November 21, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.  A private family service will be held at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Willmar.  A recording of the service will be posted at following the service. 

Randy Edward Knowlen was born August 8, 1979, in Willmar, Minnesota, to Sharon Gustafson and Timothy Knowlen.  He attended Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from Willmar High School in 1997.  For the past 20 years, he worked as a tower technician repairing cell towers for Diamond Tower Services.  He lived in St. Cloud until 2019, when he moved to Paynesville.

Randy enjoyed collecting agates, fishing in every season, and any kind of water activity.  He also enjoyed cooking, gardening, golfing, and listening to music.

He is survived by his significant other: Karen Collison of Paynesville; his children: Ryan Knowlen and Hannah Knowlen, both of Waite Park; his mother: Sharon (Ross) Olson of Willmar; and his father: Timothy Knowlen of Paynesville.  Also surviving are his siblings: Kevin (Ella) Knowlen, Michelle (Dustin) Kurtz, Avery Kurtz, Brianna (Isaiah) Kemper, and Eric Olson; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Harry and Janet Gustafson, and George and Mabel Knowlen.

To send flowers to Randy's family, please visit our floral store.

Funeral Service


November 21, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Harvey Anderson & Johnson Funeral Home
1000 19th Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201

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