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Randy Kottsick

November 9, 1957 — November 8, 2023


Randy John Kottsick, 65, of Grand Forks, ND, passed away November 8, 2023, at Sanford Health Medical Center in Fargo.

Randy was born November 9, 1957, in Northwood, ND, to Robert and Dorothy (Svihla) Kottsick.  After graduating from high school in Mandan, ND in 1976, he attended Valley City State University, on scholarships for football and baseball, where still to this day, he holds records in baseball.  Randy majored in Art at VCSU, where he also met the love of his life, Debra Coughlin.  They were married in 1980 and made their home in Mandan where they raised their family for many years before eventually moving to Grand Forks, ND.  Over the years, Randy worked in sales for various companies, and for 18 years operated a State Farm Insurance Agency in Grand Forks.

In 2016, Randy and Deb started going to Arizona, where they purchased a home and made many lasting friendships.  Randy thrived on being busy and having many projects going.  He truly enjoyed working on projects around the house, such as building an addition on the back of the Arizona house.   He was happiest when his hands and his mind were busy.  He especially loved hunting and fishing with his sons, and spending time with his four grandchildren. 

Randy will be remembered for his heart of gold, his willingness to always take care of others and his strong will to live, no matter what difficulties he would face.

Randy is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deb Kottsick; his sons, Chris Kottsick (Alyssa Gilbery) and Kevin (Rachel) Kottsick; his mother, Dorothy; grandchildren, Caitlin, Lana, Cal and Chloe; his brother, Roger (Krista) Kottsick; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Laurel) Coughlin and Greg (Judy) Coughlin and sister-in-law, Sandra Mahar.  He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, and sister, Glenda Kottsick.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 1, 2023, at 11:00 A.M., with visitation for one hour before the service, at First Lutheran Church in Mandan, ND. The service will be livestreamed at the link below.


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