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Obituary for Randall Eugene "Randy" Richardson

November 16, 2016
     Randall Eugene “Randy" Richardson was born in the heat of wheat harvest on July 4, 1952 in Tribune, KS to Jim & Mary Ann Richardson.  Randy was their first born child.  Randy practically grew up at the grain elevator since Jim was the manager.  As a youngster, Randy was rambunctious and was very interested in hunting and trapping.  It’s been said that his grandfather Carl Christiansen taught Randy how to trap, and Randy perfected the art of trapping.  Randy could trap anything.  Randy graduated from Plainview High School and continued to live in Sheridan Lake, working for his dad at the elevator.  The local Farmco elevator became a regular tourist attraction because you never knew what you would find there.  Everything from Rattlesnakes to coyotes were the local attraction at the elevator.  Randy had a passion for hunting coyotes with greyhounds and made many friends while hunting.  The number of trophy deer and antelope that Randy took during his life are nearly uncountable.  If it grew hair or feathers, or even slithered across the ground, Randy would hunt it or trap it then probably eat it.  And then there were the motorcycles…Evil Knievel had nothing on Randy.  Whether it was wildlife or wild rides, Randy had a real dare devil streak in him.

     On November 30, 1986  Randy was married to Margaret Groomer.  Randy began a career in law enforcement that would span many years.  Randy and Margaret’s life together would take them to several communities throughout the state.  He served as deputy Sheriff in Kiowa County for Floyd Griswould, worked for the Town of Burlington, CO police department, Freemont County Sheriff’s department and was the undersheriff for Kiowa County Sheriff Forrest Frazee when his health forced his retirement.  During his career in law enforcement, Randy received many awards, but particularly received the Medal of Valor for law officers while working in Freemont County.  Randy was an excellent marksman receiving multiple state wide awards for his shooting.  Randy was very proud of his accomplishments.  But Randy took the greatest pride in the respect and courtesy that he treated everyone with while being a cop.  Randy had an uncanny knack of being able to figure things out, and solve crimes and problems.  His common sense approach to law enforcement was an example to many young officers that worked with him.  The life lessons that his parents and grandparents taught him served him very well in law enforcement, but much of his “sixth sense” simply could not be taught.  Randy was a natural.

     Randy died on November 3, 2016 at the Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, Kansas following a three year battle against Alzheimers disease.  He is survived by his wife Margaret of Lamar, CO,  his three children:  Melanie Walther of Burlington, CO, Michelle (Jim) Gibson of Denver, CO, and Derek (Rachel) Richardson of Long Beach, CA.  Randy is also survived by his grandson Lance Walther of Salt Lake City, UT, his parents Jim & Mary Ann Richardson of Sheridan Lake, CO, his siblings:  David (Linda) Richardson of Ada, OK and Julie Smith of Quartzside, AZ as well as by many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends and hunting buddies.

     Funeral services for Randy Richardson were held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Sheridan Lake Bible Church in Sheridan Lake, CO with Pastor Larry Gitchel officiating.  Charlotte Woelk, Joann Harris and Burl Scherler provided the music for the service.  Serving as casketbearers were:  Forrest Frazee, Casey Sheridan, Danny Christie, Garold Deines, Greg Shalberg, Jerry Weber, Terry Eder & Monte Stum.  Friends and family can register online condolences and sign the guestbook at  Visitation and funeral services were entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Eads.

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