Randall Nierling, 58, of Burr Oak

Randall “Randy” Nierling, 58, of Burr Oak, died on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

He was born April 4, 1961, in Cresco, Iowa, to Francis and Crystal (Van Horn) Nierling.

He spent much of his life farming dairy cows and eventually running the largest rabbit farm in the region. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, reminiscing and living a life full of laughter. He was also the lead musician in his air band, playing a wide variety of instruments from air drums to air triangle. There was no such thing as a dull moment with Randy near. He had a way of making every person he met feel important and appreciated.

He is survived by his three children, Jessica Howe of Blair, Wis., Christopher Nierling of Tomah, Wis., and Tiffani (Michael) Newton of Wilmington, N.C.; two grandchildren, Alexxis and Cameron Howe; a brother, Dean (Ardie); two sisters, Joan (Rick) Underbakke and Marsh Kruse; and a special friend, Kim Sande, and her son, Carsen.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, with a memorial service at 6 p.m. at Mengis Funeral Home, 301 N. Maple St, Mabel. Burial will follow the service at St. Agnes, Plymouth Rock. A celebration of life will continue at Barney’s in Burr Oak. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that individuals take a moment to hug a child, grandchild, friend, or walk in the woods for a moment, an hour, or a day. Time waits for no one.