Sterling resident Randy Ray Neuschwander, 57, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna.
Memorial services will be held noon Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Hope Community Resources, 47202 Princeton Ave., in Soldotna.
Mr. Neuschwander was born July 12, 1953, in Staples, Minn. He graduated from Staples High School. Randy had vocational training in Arkansas as well as attended nursing school in Arkansas. More recently he was in the Direct Service Provider Program at University of Alaska Anchorage.
Mr. Neuschwander moved to Alaska in 1969, living in Homer and Valdez before making Sterling his final home. He worked on the Alaska Pipeline, was a commercial fisherman, a nurse, truck driver, and was a Direct Service Provider with Hope Community Resources from August 2004 to the present.
He was a straight-A student, Special Olympics advocate, key campaign coalition Rally Participant and a huge Minnesota Vikings Fan. Ne was an avid reader, loved to fish, hunt, canoe, hike, travel, pan for gold, loved gardening, NASCAR drag racing, listening to talk radio and restoring his Corvette.
The family wrote, "Randy was full of life, a hard worker, and truly loved his family. Randy was professional, and because of his love and dedication to the job at Hope Community Resources, the staff and individuals will greatly miss him. Randy's love for the outdoors is what defined him. Randy's massive strength was overshadowed only by his extreme gentleness. Randy will live on in our hearts and the footprints he made on this earth will never be forgotten."
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Neuschwander; and his brother, Jon Dezell.
He is survived by his mother, Jean Dezell, of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers, Jerry Neuschwander, of Big Lake, and Jeffrey Dezell, of Las Vegas; sister in-law, Gail Neuschwander, of Big Lake; nephew, Joe Neuschwander, of High Ridge, Mo.; and Paul Neuschwander, of High Ridge, Mo.; and Randy's girl, Tina, of Soldotna.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory.
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