Randolph C. Virden
Randolph C. "Randy" "Bear" Virden

LANCASTER: Randolph C. "Randy" "Bear" Virden, 61, of Lancaster passed away May 10th, 2011 as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident while riding at his favorite location in the Hocking Hills.

Randy was born June 28th, 1949 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Margaret and Jean Virden. He was a life long resident of Lancaster, a 1967 graduate of Lancaster High School and attended West Liberty State College. Prior to his passing Randy worked for the Advertiser as a Sales Consultant.

For all who knew Randy, he was a unique and passionate person. He had many friends and a deep love for some of the best things in life. Randy was most proud of his past collection of immaculately kept sports cars. He was an avid golfer frequently playing at the Lancaster Country Club and the Valley View Golf Course. In 1976, he was the first to make a hole in one on the par 4 9th hole at Valley View Golf Course and won the 1976 Lancaster Country Club Men's Club Championship. Randy spent many hours perfecting his game even in the most adverse weather. Randy also had a strong passion for his collection of motorcycles which currently were BMW and Ducati sport bikes noted for their speed and superb handling. He lived to ride the winding roads and view the beautiful scenery of Southeastern Ohio. He excelled at the sport of body building. Randy loved to spend hours with special friends listening to his favorite music, discussing world issues and sharing his thoughts. He played the guitar and spent years designing a perfect sound system which could penetrate every and any wall. He was fond of nice clothes...As his style and fashion would change, so would his ideas and special interests. One never knew what to expect from Randy but when meeting him out at any social gathering or just on the street he always had a genuine smile, a kind word and always carried an appearance of class. He took pride in appearance, his life and his loves.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Jean Virden; and his grandparents, R.J. Virden and Estel Virden, and Lester and Laura Crow. He is survived by his brother, David of Lancaster; cousins, John and Mike Virden of Norfolk, Virginia, Robert Virden of Annapolis MD, Aunt Linda and Uncle Jim Gault of Wilmington, N.C.; cousins, Jamie Gault and Mary Sides of Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; his four legged buddy, Tony; close friends, George and Beth Thrush; his friends at work including Joni Baker and all the employees at the Advertiser; and his long time friend, Dr. Gordon Snider.

A Memorial Wake will be held for Randy on Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the Valley View Golf Course shelter house, 1511 George Road, Lancaster, Ohio. A Memorial Tree will be planted in Randy's name on the 9th hole. We could think of nothing more fitting as Randy would have loved this dedication. Other Memorial plans for Randy's final interment will be decided at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to: The Cheyenne and Crow Children of the St. Lebre Indian School, Ashland, Montana 59004, The St. Joseph's Indian School and Lakota Children, Box 89, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325-0573. Feed the Children or any Charity helping our fearless Service men and women injured while serving our Country. Anyone wishing to send a donation to the Randolph C. Virden Memorial Fund can send it to Randolph C. Virden c/o Colony Classics & Interiors, 602 N. High Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

It is impossible to try to describe Randy's life in three words as we tried. He had a unique tongue in check sense of humor so if he were here today and asked about his legacy and the time he spent on earth he would probably tell us that "The best things in life are........................Expensive".

May you rest in peace our wonderful friend...You will be sadly missed !!!
Published by Lancaster Eagle-Gazette from May 26 to Jun. 9, 2011.
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so very sorry to hear of your brothers passing,you are in my thoughts and prayers..take care
Sharen Hizey-Bigham
June 6, 2011
Dave, you are held close in thought and prayer. I remember how close you and Randy were during high school days. You WILL get through this difficult time and find sweetness in your many good memories. Hope to see you sometime soon. Anne Wagonseller Bauswein, Chagrin Falls, OH
June 5, 2011
David, stay strong and remember the good. I remember my first time coming to the house, you three guys were a pack. we laughed, we cried, we lost, and we learned. You are in my thoughts and prayers! (and i still have your drum stick and i named my daughter Ezra) God bless you with peace and love. Valerie Shuff from hospice
June 3, 2011
Dave - I was really sorry to hear about Randy's passing. Thinking of you at this time.
Karen Edwards
June 2, 2011

May your many memories get you through this difficult time. Know that you are surrounded by friends!
Michelle Davis
June 1, 2011
What a sad moment to hear of Randy's passing. I worked with Randy for many years at The Advertiser and he was a very kind person. Everyone knew how much he loved his motorcycles and cars. When he would come to work driving something new we always had to check it out.
I live in the Hocking Hills and we would talk often about his favorite places to ride here. I was sad to learn that his accident was just a few miles from my home.
Take care and God bless
Kim Strawn
May 31, 2011
Bear....so many years and so many miles. The smile in your photo and it seems like yesterday. Thanks for so many good memories; that Virden sense of humor, definitely one of a kind.
Dave....carry on buddy.
May 30, 2011
Hey "Dute"...as Bob Lepley said...He and Bear got into all kinds of trouble.
Maybe a Triumph Herald speeding thru fields trying to escape to Rte 37....maybe burning rubber in the Ford GT 390 4 speed that you and Bro talked your Dad into? Quite a stretch fron 64 Ford 3 speed on the tree?..huh...Power of persuation or...or maybe Mom N Dad loved you guys so ...they were always sweet and nice and put up with the basement jammin' and goofy kids invading the house.
Black Honda 50...oh yeah...and on to bigger bikes...as it should be...and more.
I will tell you bout Bear saving my life {literally} when i see you on Sunday.
As you know Bear was a kindred spirit who always had a kind word for many...remember Smiths cabin in Hide Away ?...Beatles n beer..Randolph touched many lives and most will not forget him...That is his true honor that transends his life and legacy. I know I will never forget...
"Louie" Turben
May 30, 2011
Randy was a very good buddy of mine in high school. We got into all kinds of trouble together! He was a great guy! Please take care.

Bob Lepley
Bob Lepley
May 28, 2011
May 28, 2011
I am so sorry for the loss of your Brother Randy. Thinking of you as you deal with everything that has happened. Randy was a good man that always made me laugh with the stuff he said. Hope to see you up at Valley View this summer for some golf.
Noah Akers
May 27, 2011
I am sorry for the loss of your Brother Randy and am thinking of you as you have to deal with all that has happend. He was a truely good person that made me laugh with some of the stuff he said! Hope to see you up at Valley View this summer.
Noah Akers
May 27, 2011
Dave- Sorry to hear of the passing of Randy. My thoughts are with you.
Rick Gardner
May 27, 2011

So sorry to hear of Randy's death. I have so many fond memories of Randy growing up...not the least of which was watching him drive his Porsche's down valley view road at 5 miles per hour, so as to not get tar on them.

Know you will be in my prayer and that of the entire Rowlands family.
Mark Rowlands
May 26, 2011

Devastating news. Sorry to hear this.... Randy and I always jousted over our individual passions of British and German cars. I'll miss seeing him on the open road this summer. All the best to you and your family.

Tom Householder
May 26, 2011
I have not seen Randy for many years but have fond memories of our golf days at Valley View during our teenage years. He in fact was full of life and enjoyed it even in the early part of his life.

Dave and the family of Randy, please accept my deepsest sumpathies for your loss.

Randy Smitley
Tampa, Fl.
May 26, 2011
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