Randall B. Sharp
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Randall B. Sharp, 64, died of cancer on the evening of September 17, 2011 in Denton, Texas.
A strong, funny and honest man who was quick to laugh and slow to judge others, Randy will always be remembered for his ability to make others smile with his razor-sharp wit and ever-present sense of humor, which he kept until the end of his days.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Randy is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol, daughter Katy Landdeck and her husband John, son Richard Sharp, daughter Sarah Sharp and his two granddaughters Caroline and Alice, who brought him such added joy in his last years.
Randy was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Ralph and Blanche Sharp, who preceded him in death, and was raised in Des Moines along with his surviving brother Michael Sharp and sister Marcia Sharp. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Grandview College and Drake University.
Randy and his wife Carol laughed their way through good times and bad, with their good-humored sparring and deep respect for one another. They showed their children that true love isn't sappy or shallow, but that it is honest and deep and worth working to find and hold onto.
Randy served his country as a medical service specialist in the Iowa Air National Guard from to 1967-1973, when he was honorably discharged as a Technical Sergeant.
He had a long, successful career in sales including as a Realtor in the Table Rock Lake community of Shell Knob, Missouri. His last position, which he greatly enjoyed, was as a title and right-of-way agent for Coates Fields Service throughout rural Kansas.
For almost 20 years, Randy was a passionate soccer coach, volunteer and organizer in Springfield, Missouri, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Omaha, Nebraska. He coached all three of his children, and helped hundreds of young men and women learn about and develop a life-long love of the sport. He was instrumental in helping establish a girl's high school soccer program at Springfield Kickapoo High School.
Randy was an avid organic gardener long before it was considered trendy, a fisherman who loved boating on Table Rock Lake from his home in Shell Knob, Missouri, and an ardent wine enthusiast. He possessed exceptional talents behind a Weber grill, and was revered by family and friends for his legendary pizza-making prowess.
As a father, Randy will be remembered for the unconditional love and decades of laughter he provided for his children. He taught his children how to drive, water ski, and not take themselves too seriously.
A celebration of Randy's life for family and close friends will occur at a later date. A website has been set up to share photos and memories at www.rememberingrandy.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you buy yourself a really nice bottle of wine, share a good meal with your family, and raise a glass to a wonderful man.
Published in the News-Leader on Sept. 21, 2011