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Randy Pfiester
February 18, 1953 - February 12, 2021

Randy Pfiester, 67, of Oelwein passed away Friday February 12, 2021 at his home.  Public visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 PM on Wednesday February 17, 2021 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home.  Services will then begin at 6:00 PM.  Those in attendance are asked to dress casual as that is how Randy would like it.  A memorial fund has been established.

Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is required.  Those in attendance are required to wear a mask.

Randall Lawrence Pfiester, aka “Grandpa Roni”, was born in Oelwein on February 18, 1953 to parents Lawrence and Patricia (Weyant) Pfiester.  He graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1971.  On August 19, 1971 he was united in marriage with Robin Kappmeyer in Oelwein.  Randy then served his country honorably in the United States Air Force from February of 1973 to June of 1976.  He was employed with John Deere for 30 years.

Randy was hardworking man.  After a lay-off from John Deere in the 80’s he moved his family to Colorado where he learned to do construction on high rise buildings, which he then continued to do in a move to California.  After moving back to Iowa and going back to work for John Deere, he still continued a side business of handyman, contractor, and construction.  When he retired from Deere’s in 2007, it was his side business that kept him really busy.  A lot of you will always have a reminder of him, because of the work he did for you.  First and foremost though, Randy was a family man.  His family always came first, no matter what.  Whether it was a Christmas gathering or a family BBQ, at an always too small of a house, he was always smiling, laughing and enjoyed being with his family.  Randy and his wife Robin raised three great children and then helped raised three wonderful grandchildren, whom they loved dearly.  However, it was in September of 2016 that Randy was blessed with his pride and joy, his namesake, Jayce Randall Flynn was born.  Randy was the greatest great-grandpa ever and cherished every minute he spent with his little buddy.  Together they spent hours playing with legos, cars, tractors, puzzles or just sitting together watching YouTube on the TV, and Randy loved every second of it.  His love for his great- grandson, his Jaycer, was tremendous and like no other.  Randy will be greatly missed by us all.

Left to celebrate Randy’s life are his wife Robin; his children: Ryan Pfiester of Oelwein, Autumn Eiklenborg of Oelwein and Jared Pfiester of Oelwein; his grandchildren: Alysha Eiklenborg, Paige Stelter and Dalton Flynn; his great-grandson Jayce Flynn; his mother Patricia Hanson of Oelwein; his sisters: Linda (Delbert) Hillman of Oelwein and Shyla (Steve) Westpfahl of Oelwein; his step-siblings: Kristi Hanson and Chuck Hanson of Illinois; his mother-in-law Teresa Kappmeyer; his sister-in-law Judy (Dave) Elleson of Illinois; his brothers-in-law: Eric (Debra) Kappmeyer and Andrew Kappmeyer, both of Wisconsin; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Lawrence Pfiester; his father-in-law Frank Kappmeyer; his step-father Charles Hanson and his nephew Michael Elleson.


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Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on February 24, 2021 at 2:58 PM said:

To Robin and Family,Sending our Deepest Sympathy
Margaret Hastings on February 18, 2021 at 10:22 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers are with you and Randy's family.
Martha Burgin on February 16, 2021 at 5:35 AM said:

Lots of love, prayers, and sympathy to all of Randy's family from all of our family, at this very difficult time.
Sheryl Gosse, Dick & Dalene Gosse on February 16, 2021 at 12:43 AM said:

To all of Pfiester family: We are sad for your loss,cherish your memories always and be close w each other. Take it one day at a time. Reach out to your friends and family, we are all hear for you.
Debbie & Shannon Hershey on February 15, 2021 at 10:04 AM said:

So very sorry for your loss Robin and family. We can only imagine the heartache you are feeling. May Randy rest in peace. You have our Deepest Sympathy.
Gene Reed on February 14, 2021 at 10:16 PM said:

Rest In Peace my friend

Best chipping partner I ever had at JD

Great laugh , great guy
Chad and Brianne Davis on February 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Randy was such a special guy and will be missed!
Michele Marcella on February 14, 2021 at 5:03 PM said:

I wish that I had gotten the chance to met Randy in person but I am very glad that I got to know him. Randy you will be deeply missed. Sending you lots of love from Connecticut...I am here for you Robin. Love you.
Bob and Kathy Luecke on February 14, 2021 at 2:47 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Randy was one of the greatest. He was such a handyman and he was so great to our kids when they were little. I can still remember his laugh. You couldn’t help but love Randy if you have ever meet him. We are so happy to have known Randy and his family. Our sincere and deepest sympathy are with you all ????

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