Randall "Randy" D. Rich
Randall (Randy) David Rich, 59, entered into Heaven June 7, 2016 after fighting a long hard battle with addiction. Please help me to honor my father by trying to understand what addiction really is and speaking out against the stigma that comes with it. This disease effects the rich and poor alike. It creates demons in the mind that scratch, claw, scream and bite. Never again is there a quiet moment or peace, you now spend your days trying to not fall prey to the beast. My father's life was a cycle of fighting and falling. This disease stole it all, from his wife to his kids. He was homeless, jobless and his relationships we're amiss. Some say he was a loser, a drunk or a bum judging only what their eyes can see. But I say he was a lover and a fighter and he cared way too much what their opinions might be. He was proud and loved his children and grandchildren more than anyone knew, but he rarely got to show them for his addiction stole that too. His laughter was joy to my heart every day. He was creative and funny, this man that I knew. He was handy and cooked awesome fried chicken too. He loved Jesus and believed he would have freedom one day. He was so loved beyond anything he ever believed. Please help me to honor my father today by using your voice to speak against this brigade. Stop judging people that struggle with this disease, instead try loving and praying for them even if they don't receive.
Randy is survived by his mother, Naomi Gear and husband, Gerald; brothers, Milton Lee (Rick) Rich Jr. and wife, Sherry, Danny Hunter, Richard (Rick) Hunter and wife, Terry, Ronnie Rich and wife, Christie; sisters, Leann Childs, Melinda (Faye) Agin and husband, Kevin; his five children, Kristina (Rich) Hawk, Shanna Rich, Amy (Rich) Stoltzfus, Brandi and Dustin Rich; his 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; many aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; cousins and friends. Preceded in death are his father, Milton Rich (Deke); sisters, Linda Rich and Connie Butler.
Memorial service, including Full Military Rites by the Veteran's Honor Guard, will be at Indian Town Gap National Cemetery on July 8, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Published by York Daily Record on Jun. 28, 2016.