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Randy Samples

Freeport, Illinois

Oct 23, 1958 – May 13, 2019 (Age 60)

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Walker Mortuary, Ltd. - Freeport Obituary

Randy Samples Sr, age 60, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. Born October 23, 1958 in Nevada MO., the son of Mary R Scott and the late James W. Samples. The happiest day of Randy's life was when he married Laurie Bower on June 21, 1997.


Randy was raised most of his life in Rockford. After serving 3 years in the Army, he was a truck driver for 15 years, living all over the country, always saying it was a great way to see the country and getting paid for it. Later in life coming back to Rockford and founding Classic Limousine for 18 years until he retired because of cancer.


Randy was an avid race fan, driver, and NASCAR official. Throughout the years he went to several cup races. He raced for several years at the Rockford Speedway. Some people knew him as the "Cheap Trick" car. Forced to give up driving, Randy became a NASCAR official at the Rockford Speedway. He will be missed.


Survivors include: his wife, Laurie of Freeport; mother, Mary R Scott of Machesney Park; brother, Jim of Rockford; sisters, Malynda (Marc) Moorman of Ohio, Jean (Dave) Patterson of Ohio, Pam (Jay) West of Wisconsin; son, Randy II (Aya) of California; 2 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Shorty and Lisa Cavin! Randy wants everyone to remember never, never, never give up on life!


Special thanks to Kris Boyer, Bonny Bardell, Gwen Holtz, and Hospice Care of America.


A celebration of life will be held at Forest Hills Lodge at the Rockford Speedway on Sunday May 19, 2019 from 1-4 pm. Condolences may be left with Randy's family at www.walkermortuary.com.

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Over many years we used classic limo for our many travel plans and Randy sure ran a great company. Cherish the memories.


Bruce and Sandi Marinelli

Sorry for your loss Red. He fought hard and know he is no longer in pain. Prayers to you. JoAnn Woessner

So sorry for your loss Red

We will dearly miss Randy at the campground. He was always willing to help anyone in need. We sure enjoyed our time together around the campfire.

I was proud to be Randy's banker for many years. A quality man of high character. I always loved to just shoot the breeze with him and catch up on any Cheap Trick stories he might have had. Randy was a great business owner and an even better person.

Please accept my sincere condolences. May God comfort everyone during this difficult time. God Bless.

I know Randy's niece Stefanie, and saw this on her Facebook post. I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you...Randy will be missed ❤❤

Cant forget his Smile