Randy James Stewart, 66, of Sedro Woolley went to be with his Lord on January 28, 2014.
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Randy was born on November 18, 1947, in Port Townsend, WA, grew up in Anacortes, WA, and attended Anacortes High School.
Randy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in February of 1966, serving with the First Marine Division in the Quang Nam Province, of the Republic of Vietnam. During his first tour of duty he was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart. After his recovery from his wounds he volunteered for and served two additional tours in Vietnam. Prior to his discharge as a Sergeant from the Marine Corps in January 1970, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Purple Heart, several Presidential Unit Citations, a Combat Action Ribbon, Rifle & Pistol Marksmen Badges and a Good Conduct Medal.
After his discharge Randy worked at a variety of jobs before entering the home construction business. He worked for a number of local home contractors, and then formed his own construction companies, building homes under the business names of Castle Construction and Countywide Construction.
Randy taught building construction and maintenance for a number of years at Skagit Valley College, and taught building construction at Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute / Bellingham Technical College. Randy touched the lives of many of his students, and they kept in contact with him after finishing their course of study.
Randy loved wood working and built furniture for his homes. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and telling stories. Randy had that Marine "can do attitude", and helped form the local Marine Corp League. He loved his dogs Buddy, Lacey, and Annie as well as the numerous cats that he and Marilyn had throughout their years of marriage.
On February 14, 1985 Randy married Marilyn LaRue, the love of his life, in Anacortes, WA. They lived together in happiness for the next 28 plus years in Anacortes, Ferndale, and Sedro Woolley.
Randy is survived by his wife Marilyn, his beloved sons Matt and Joe Stewart from a prior marriage, daughter in law Lori Stewart, grandchildren Marcus and Brandi Stewart, his stepmother Shirley Stewart, six brothers, three sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
Randy was preceded in death by his father and mother Howard and Rose Stewart and his sister Melanie.
At Randy's request there will be no services held. He will be interned at Fernhill Cemetery near Anacortes, WA.
The family thanks the staff of Hospice of the Northwest and the staff at the Sedro Woolley Life Care Center for their assistance and compassion.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Randy please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street
Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 4, 2014