Randall James (Randy) Luelf was born on December 11, 1953 at Fort Collins, Colorado to Glen Arnold and Cecil Frances (Smith) Luelf. He passed away at Bloomfield, New Mexico on September 1, 2021, after suffering a brain hemorrhage in May of 2021.
Randy spent his early childhood in Nevada where his father worked as a telegrapher on the railroad. In 1958, his parents purchased a farm on the California Mesa near Pea Green on Highway 348 between Olathe and Delta, Colorado. Randy was active in 4-H, FFA, football, and wrestling. He graduated in 1971 from Olathe High School. He was especially proud of his registered Jersey dairy herd. He enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, and archery. He was very excited to get his first deer with a bow and arrow while he was still in high school.
Randy attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from the tool and die program. He worked most of his career for NSK Bearing Company as a machinist in Clarinda, Iowa and Franklin, Indiana. He retired in 2013 and returned to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains he loved. He worked for Brennan Oil Company and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory after returning to Colorado. Randy enjoyed baking bread and smoking meat to share with family and friends.
In 1979 Randy married Ravenna (Billy) Felstead and they were blessed with a son, Wyatt Jason and they together raised Billy's daughter, Maureen (Mickey). They were divorced in 1997. Randy later married Tricia Hirschfelt and gained a stepson, Eric. They later divorced.
On October 15, 2018, Randy married Delta Mae (Ream) DeMain, the love of his life.
Randy is survived by his wife, Delta DeMain of Aztec, New Mexico, son Wyatt Luelf (Debbie) of Greenwood, Indiana, stepdaughter Mickey of Spofford, New Hampshire, stepson Eric Hirschfelt of Greenwood, Indiana, stepdaughter Miranda Arreola (Manual), step-grandsons Taylor Deming, Coye Deming, Kade Kennedy and special step-granddaughter Maya of Aztec, New Mexico, and Stepson Cody Cunningham (Darcy) and step-grandson Houston Cunningham and step-granddaughter Sequoia Cunningham of Ignacio, Colorado, sister Terry Luelf Jefferies (Wayne) and nephew Will of Durango, Colorado, his former spouses, many sister and brothers-in-law and step nieces and nephews.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Cecil Luelf.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published by The Durango Herald on Sep. 7, 2021.