Pike, Randall W. “Randy” “The Legend”, Age 66, of Butler Township, passed away peacefully from a short, but wicked, cancer diagnosis on February 22, 2023.
Randall retired from Unibuilt Homes Industries after 38 years of services. He was employed at Value Added Packaging (VAP) for the last 7 years, prior to his diagnosis. He was a semi big rig driver for 45 years total. He loved the sky and the landscapes of all the states he traveled through.
The “Great Outdoorsman Daniel Boone” was an avid and knowledgeable game hunter, trapper, camper, bird/game caller, snake catcher, reloader, bowmaker, fisherman, mushroom/bitter sweet hunter, bird feeder, bird watcher, and a knife, gun, trap, and game-call collector. If he wasn’t outside, you might have found him reading books or magazines pertaining to the great outdoors, aviation, the World Wars, or anything history. He was a Jack of All Trades and could build, fix, and repair anything his hands came across. He was so proud of the beautiful home he built and lived in for 28 years. Back in the day, he was a wrestler and loved to water-ski and snow-ski.
“Mr. Green Jeans” had a green thumb: he enjoyed planting trees, yardwork, trimming shrubs, seeding, cutting grass, planting flowers and loved his garden!
He loved anything to do with fresh air and the great outdoors, no matter the season… he worked and piddled from sun up to sundown. As a teen he traveled with his buddies to Alaska and Hawaii to live, work, hunt, and explore the territories.
He loved the hunting grounds in Sarahsville, Ohio and Millersburg, Ohio where he hunted for many years. He also loved the Pike Family’s home in “Big Sky Country” Montana where he hunted back in the day. He was so proud of his bear kill and fishing trip in Ontario, Canada and his turkey kill in Millersburg.
He was a member of the NRA and the “Grumpy Old Man’s Club”. They would gather every weekend at his late best friend’s home, Mike Nixon (on behalf of his daughter, Jennifer and son, Matt).
“Daniel Boone” was a casual man: flannels, wool socks, flannel-lined jeans, a hat, boots or his “Chucks” is all he needed and desired.. with a Marlboro in one hand and a Tim Hortons Double Double in the other.
“The Marlboro Man” Sir Randall was a handsome, witty, caring, loving, tough, strong, hardworking, fun, kind-hearted, trusting, and loving soul. He provided for his wife and kids, put them first, and left an amazing legacy to treasure forever.
He is survived by his “WOP” wife of 43 years, Rita Ann Diane (Riviello) Pike and the best accomplishments of his life, the sparkles of his eyes: his best friend and son, Ryan Andrew “Junior”, daughter-in-law Kelly “Sweet Girl”, his first and only precious grandson Hudson (of Butler Township), his beautiful daughter Natalie Maria “Baby Girl” and future son-in-law Cameron Glover (of Vandalia), his buddies and “granddogs” Cooper and Bane. As well as his sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Todd Shaffer (of Spring Valley), brother and sister-in-law Greg and Trisha Pike (of Clayton), several nieces and nephews, relatives, dear friends: Dave H. “Bitch Boy”, Drew C., Paul H., Glenn W., Ben A., John W., Izzy S., Jeff M., Vince F., and Doug B., his special VAP “work girlfriends”: Haley, Tamara, Shelby, other VAP employees, Rittal employees, many other dear friends, and his buddy/neighbor, Gary.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Jane Pike (of Englewood), his beloved dogs, Blue and Nyla, and bird, Crystal.
The family would like to thank his medical team, Hospice of Dayton, his home Fidelity Nurse, Stacy Ballard, his home-hospice care nurses: Ashia, Dona G, Jennifer, the hospice case manager team, and RNs for all their support, time, and care they provided him.
Randy’s wished not to have a viewing or funeral. However, the family will arrange a Celebration of Life event at a later date. Details will be shared on the family members’ Facebook pages and the Marker & Heller Funeral Home website.
Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude’s Research Hospital in Randy’s memory or to his memorial site at Aullwood/Englewood Dam in his memory. Details regarding his memorial site will be shared on the family members’ Facebook pages and the Marker & Heller Funeral Home website.
Rest in Peace, our love: the toughest, hardworking soul. Hammer Down! Turn by Turn! Give em Hell!! Guide and watch over us through this pain on earth without you here… till we meet again! We love and miss you “To Infinity and Beyond” Enjoy the Double Doubles, Pappy’s Sassafras teas, smokes, beans, jerky, chocolates, hard candies, and oldies music, in peace. #22 Fly high Rocket Man Randall. You left us with one hell of a legacy. Proud of all your accomplishments through life’s journey. Rest in peace in the ‘Big Rock Candy Mountains.’
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