Randall Thompson Willnow passed away on Friday, April 7, 2023. Randy, as he was known by most, was a kind soul with a selfless heart built for giving. To know him was to love him. And if you knew him, you would never forget him. It was rare to see him sitting – his joy came from being on the move. When he was younger, that involved competitive soccer. As he got older, golf, gardening and working around the farm were his exercises of choice. He had a successful career and dedicated himself to his engineering work. He worked for Bell Helicopter the last 30 years of his life – the day before he died, Bell won the big contract for the army, something for which he was extremely proud.
If you really knew Randy though, you know his family was the most important part of his life. His whole heart lived with his family, and they always came first. He loved his wife for almost 34 years, and he would have done anything and everything for Kim. Their love was that strong. The title of father was one he took the most seriously. His children were his life. Whether getting kicked out of pee-wee girls’ basketball games or driving cross-country to baseball games, he would do anything to make his children happy. Over the past 3 years of his life, he was able to watch both Ryan and Ashton get married, which gave him the chance to be a father to two more and he really did love Cassie and Luke as his own. Most recently, he added the title of Grandpa. Nothing brought him more joy than making his grandson smile. He spent the last day of his life doing exactly that – making Nolan smile.
Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Onnalee Willnow; his brother, Evan Willnow; and his mother-in-law, Brenda Spears. Randy is survived by his wife, Kim Willnow; his father, Ronald Willnow & wife, Annie Watts; his brother, Lindle Willnow & wife, Darlene Willnow; son, Ryan Willnow & wife, Cassie Murphy-Willnow; daughter, Ashton Willnow Jones & husband, Luke Jones; and grandson, Nolan Jones.
If you would like to donate in his honor, please do so at the American Heart Association. And, as we honor Randy, let us live our lives as he did by remembering to always Treat Others the Way We Want to Be Treated.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 10am. Our family wishes to reminisce on the great life of Randy, therefore, much of the service will be spent allowing time for sharing memories of Randy. If you would like to say a few words, we will welcome you to do so.