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Randy Denis Rysewyk

April 10, 1967 - March 22, 2017
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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Randy Denis Rysewyk who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Randy was a man who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Randy knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community. Randy was born on April 10, 1967 at Lakeside Methodist Hospital in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. His parents were Ambrose and Frances Rysewyk. Randy was raised in Elgin, Illinois. Even as a youngster, Randy learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life. As a young boy, Randy worked at a local butcher shop. He learned a sense of duty and the value of hard work from his parents. He had nine siblings, David, Larry, Bryce, Scott, Brenda, Susan, Lyn, Denise and Sherie. He believed strongly in family ties. Randy's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Randy took part in baseball which further developed his love and passion for the...
When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Randy Denis Rysewyk who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Randy was a man who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Randy knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

Randy was born on April 10, 1967 at Lakeside Methodist Hospital in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. His parents were Ambrose and Frances Rysewyk. Randy was raised in Elgin, Illinois. Even as a youngster, Randy learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, Randy worked at a local butcher shop. He learned a sense of duty and the value of hard work from his parents. He had nine siblings, David, Larry, Bryce, Scott, Brenda, Susan, Lyn, Denise and Sherie. He believed strongly in family ties.

Randy's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Randy took part in baseball which further developed his love and passion for the sport, where he eventually instilled that passion to many other young boys as a baseball coach. In his spare time he liked reading Charlie Brown Comics, collecting baseball cards and just hanging out with his buddies.

Randy was a logical and focused thinker and innately intelligent. He didn’t always believe in doing homework because he was smart, but still aced all of his tests, and as many know and have been subjected to, he had a vast knowledge of “useless information” that he loved sharing with everyone and anyone! Randy graduated from Larkin High School in Elgin, Illinois in 1985. While he enjoyed some courses more than others, his favorite classes in high school were Math and History.

Randy could sometimes be a very serious man, but he was always approachable. He exuded confidence and happiness. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. Whenever Randy was a member of a group setting, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Randy came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Mark Morrison, Eric Wood, and Tim Ali. Later in life, he became friends with Dave Reid, Dave Dawson, Dan Moylan, James (Saugy) Salisbury, David Doyle, and Terry Austin.

An objective and conscientious individual, Randy reveled in the security of his family. He strived very hard to make sure that his family is well cared for. He was the shelter in the storm and the voice of reason that brings tranquility to those that are around him. He was dependable, stable and loyal. At times, he acted goofy, but that characteristic was just one of the ways he made you feel at ease.

Randy met the love of his life in Yuma, Arizona while he was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station. They found each other on a volleyball court while playing the game that he loved. Mem was a true blessing in this young Marine’s life. They married each other a year later and had two children; Randy’s pride and joy! A very strong resemblance to Randy, Matrix was as hard a worker as Randy, with a true unique personality. Randy loved them wholeheartedly. He took his role as a father seriously. He did his best to be a good role model to them and also to be the “ tickle monster” to his nieces and nephews. Randy was loved and adored by his nieces and nephews and they looked up to him for support in all kinds of life situations. He had a way of making them feel included and important. In a way, Randy was just a big kid at heart. He had such an awesome zest for life! He worried about his children and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He was very hands on in their upbringing. Randy would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Randy was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Randy was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Randy upheld his standards. His primary occupation was a Sergeant with the Henderson Police Department. He was employed for 24 years with Henderson Police Department. Randy was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Randy was a Marine Corps veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was in the MCAS Yuma, Arizona. Randy saw action for 8 months during the Gulf War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He received several awards recognizing him for his heroism, including a Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Randy approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. Being a person who enjoyed his leisure time, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were volleyball, Spartan Races, Ragnar and doing puzzles. Randy was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but loved it even more when he could share his interests with others. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball and football. He was an avid Cubs fan. He had an App on his phone that notified him on all the Cubs news.

A civic-minded person, Randy was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Randy was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees as the President for Mountain Ridge Little League for 2 years, and Henderson Explorer Program with Henderson Police Department. He volunteered for Safe Kids Program installing car seats for infants and children for several years. During these years, Randy applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Randy would graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Randy; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. He truly was a kind and generous soul.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Randy used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. He took care of all the details while his wife, Mem made sure to pack enough food for an army. Favorite vacations included camping and hiking with friends and family, and visiting relatives far and wide.

Randy was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Randy’s favorites was Rajah, a Shiba Inu the family adopted back in October of 2011. They were best friends for 5 years. Randy would take Rajah for walks and Rajah would go with Randy to the ditch (volleyball park) whenever he went to play volleyball.

When Randy’s retirement finally arrived in January of 2017, he was full of anticipation of living a low stress life. In retirement, he found pleasure in running , volleyball, and driving his son to school each day. He also loved volunteering his time to help his son’s NJROTC program at the high school. He was going to take this opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new, interesting activities, and to spend more time with his family.

Randy passed away on March 22, 2017 at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St George, Utah due to Cardiac Arrest. He is survived by his wife, Parichat ( Mem) Rysewyk; his children, Phoenix and Matrix; his brothers, David, Larry, Bryce and Scott and his sisters, Brenda, Sherie, Lyn, Denise and Susan. Services were held at Hope Church in Henderson. Randy was laid to rest in Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

All who knew him would agree that Randy was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Randy Denis Rysewyk did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.

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"I have not seen Randy since he used to delivery my paper as a kid, but we share a beautiful niece together which keeps me in touch with family events. I..." Michele Allison-Metz (Burlington, IL)

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