Randall O. “Randy” Johnson was born on February 8, 1955 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was born to Raymond and Mary Lou Johnson. Randy died on March 25, 2014 in Olympia, Washington, after an extensive illness that used up the last of his nine lives.
Randy moved to Crystal Lake when he was two years old. He attended Woden-Crystal Lake schools. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for three years–basic training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, AIT at Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma. The remainder of his duty was spent in Wesel, Germany. Randy married the love of his life, Joellen Heimer on May 31, 1974. In 1986, Randy moved his family to Olympia, Washington, where he lived for 28 years.
After military discharge, Randy worked basic industrial jobs at ElSan in Crystal Lake, Iowa, and Winnebago Industries in Forest City, Iowa. He was a supervisor at Kiefer Built in Kanawha, Iowa, Capitol Park Care Center in Tumwater, Washington, and Labor 1992 in Olympia, Washington.
Randy’s favorite pastime was following NASCAR, which had him glued to the TV throughout the season, watching his favorite driver, Dale Earnhart Jr. His other hobbies and interests included car shows and hot rods, restoring his ‘71 Nova, long walks, writing poetry, going camping, having picnics with family, reading murder mystery books, being a grandfather, and most of all spending time with the love of his life Joellen.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Lacey, Washington, and American Legion.
Randy was a determined and strong-willed man throughout his nine lives. He was born with Klippel-Feil syndrome, blew up when wife left gas on to light the oven, gas tank explosion, electric shock in basement full of water, run over by a car, heart transplant, severe pancreatitis, cancer, and renal failure.
He is survived by his wife, Joellen; sons, Dustin (Amber) Rochester, Washington and Dylan Scottsdale, Arizona; brothers, Larry, Texas, Dennis (Rhonda) Bricelyn, Minnesota, and Mike, Kanawha, Iowa; granddaughters, Emily and Abby, Rochester Washington, German Shepard, Roxie; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his loving extended Heimer family.
Randy was welcomed by his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and pets in heaven.
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