First of all, thank you each and everyone who has messaged, texted, called, visited, brought food in for us, our dear neighbors that check on me, and all of the many acts of kindness since Randy's sudden passing. I don't have enough words to express my gratitude! Please know that I will get to each message when I get a chance to catch my breath. I am getting ready to leave for IL in a few days and am posting an obituary with this post. Again, thank you one and all!
Obituary for Randy 'Slim' Boelkins
Randall Ray Boelkins, 66, of Sun City West, AZ., formerly of Morrison IL., passed away suddenly on Friday, July 30, 2021, at Banner Del Webb Hospital in Sun City West, AZ.
Arrangements and cremation rites have been accorded by Wickenburg Funeral Home in Wickenburg AZ An informal memorial service at the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, IL. will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, 2021, officiated by Mr. Ken Renkes. A gathering of family and friends will take place at King Pins Saloon in Fulton, IL. at approximately 3:30 following the service. Lunch will be served at King Pins.
Randy was born on January 17, 1955 in Morrison, IL. to Robert and Grace (VanZuiden) Boelkins. He was educated in Coleta Grade School and graduated from Sterling High School in 1973. Randy started his career at 3M Cordova IL in June of 1973 and retired from there in January, 2010, spending most of those years on "D Crew". He married Linda (Gorzny) Vegter on September 8, 1989 in Lake Tahoe, NV. After retiring, Randy and Linda began wintering in their 5th wheel toyhauler in Florida, Texas, and Arizona and many places in between until August of 2015 when they moved to Sun City West, AZ. Randy was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison IL. He enjoyed traveling the US with his wife, often times on their Harley Davidson Motorcycles, auctions, antiquing, working with wood, landscaping, having stock cows and raising beef for sale. He was proud of his daughters and grandchildren, and always ready to give a helping hand on just about any project. Randy had so many laughs with friends and family and enjoyed living life to the fullest!
Survivors include his wife, Linda; two daughters, Natasha Boelkins of Moline, IL. and Julie Vegter of El Mirage, AZ.; five grandchildren, Jordan Nailor of Sparta, WI., Jazzlynn Boelkins, Jada, Jaycee, and James Whited all of Moline, IL.; one sister, Judy (Doug) Leech of Morrison, IL. and one brother, Rich (Diane) Boelkins; brother in law and sister in law, Rod & Jacki Gorzny of Lyndon IL.; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Grace Boelkins; mother in law, Ruth Gorzny; grandparents; one stillborn son, Derik; a step daughter, Sheila; many aunts and uncles, and close friends; Bud, Rodney, Willo, and Cletus, to name a few.
A memorial has been established to the Marfan Foundation: www.marfan.org. If choosing this please follow the red donate button etc to add 'in memory of Randy Boelkins, grandfather to Jordan Nailor who has Marfan Syndrome'. Cards may also be sent to Linda Boelkins in Sun City West.