Randall "Randy" Rich
Randall "Randy" D. Rich
York
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.
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Amy,
Although I don't know you or your family, I was so touched by your beautiful tribute to your father. My mother has struggled with alcoholism most of her life. In spite of it all she was a wonderful mother! I am very private in sharing her issues being people judge and don't know who these people once were & what has been stolen from them. When people judge or say its not an addiction. My response is...Do you really think someone would choose to live this way? You truly spoke to all families dealing with addiction. Thank you.
Kelly Reynalds
July 26, 2016
Amy this is for you. Your Dad used to tell me that when he prayed for his children, he prayed like this, Lord, please guide my children how they should go, and I pray that they would follow you. To this day it is what I say for my children also. We would go to church together also. He absolutely loved his children! I have been praying for you also Amy. You take care!
Debbie Flowers
July 7, 2016
I was in love with this man, more than any man in my whole life!!!! We had good times and bad. I tried life with him for almost 2years. It just didn't work out. I will never forget him, and I can't wait to see him in Heaven. Finally at peace, my friend!
Debbie Flowers
July 7, 2016
Thank you all so much!!! You have no idea how much it means to know this obituary was not only accepted but approved by people I struggled with writing it but I felt strong it was the right thing to do...love my daddy...always...
Amy Rich (Stoltzfus)
July 6, 2016
Your dad has touched many lives on his journey here and through your love ..touched even more . You and your dad will help many people and I hope many more will understand ...love is what we all need .
I know he is very proud of you . You are all in my prayers ...as well as many more who may need it. I am vey grateful to you for writing this extremely important message.
God Bless You <3
Carry
July 5, 2016
stephanie martin
July 4, 2016
You have wisdom and insight well beyond your years Amy, you broke my heart with that perfect understanding of Randy's life. He got the lions share of our dads demons and he fought with them everyday until they finally won.I too knew the other Randy you speak of, he was proud and independent tried to pull his own weight and not be a burden, I never knew him to steal, and he loved you kids fiercely! He was so proud of you!He was a good man who did the best he could and we were lucky to share him. Get some rest little brother you've worked long and hard for it. Rick
Rick Rich
July 3, 2016
Amy and family,

So happy to learn that your dad will receive full military honor and burial.We salute him with you. We arranged for a Mass to be offered for him at St Vincent de Paul Church, 220 Third St., Hanover. Mass begins at 8:00 am on October 4th.

Rest in peace, Randy.

Norrine and Mary Kuhn
Mary Kuhn
July 2, 2016
May his spirit soar to it's next destination, where it will surely find the peace and comfort it was seeking here in this life.
June 30, 2016
My heartfelt prayers are with your family. I work in the treatment field and this is disease steals the lives of so many. Hold onto Hope as it is the strongest part of battling this disease. Never give up and know the love you express is real.
June 29, 2016
Very sorry for your loss ,Reading this made me think of my father he passed from cancer in 2009 but was a bad alcoholic for many years ,I feel your pain ,i also have a brother ,husband (of 27 yrs) and sister in law who are all in recovery ,by the grace of god they are all 3 doing well , but the thought of them falling off the wagon scares me , so i know what your family is going threw I shared this and also shared with my siblings BLESS you and your family !!
Vanessa Cornish
June 29, 2016
So very sorry for your loss. Your father did the best he could, as all who struggle do.
Shirley
June 29, 2016
I don't know you or your family but want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Although I did not know your dad, after reading his obituary I felt I did. Thank you for the reminder to not judge people. Your dad is finally free from the demons on this earth. Rest peacefully . . .
Trudy Metzel
June 29, 2016
Wow that was awesome. Your father was very lucky to have you. I am very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
Sue Wagner
June 29, 2016
My sympathy goes out to your family with your loss. I would never write a condolence on someones page to whom I do not know, but this obituary was something that truly touched me and probably one of the most honest that I have seen. Be proud of the good things within him and thank you for sharing this with so many in this way. Again, my sympathy with your family's loss.
Noelle Craig
June 29, 2016
I don't know you or your family but I want give my deepst sympathy. I can tell you really loved your
DAD and I am sure he knew it in his heart. He is with the Lord now and away from the demons in his life.
Joan
June 28, 2016
Rikki Rich
June 28, 2016
So very sorry for this loss and the many losses your family has suffered. Mr. Rich, May you rest in peace and thank you for your service to our country.
June 28, 2016
Did not know your Dad, we actually feel your pain!!! We have had 1 nephew diewe from herion another now recovering from herion .. hopefully, we arenot religious but we still in our way are thinking of you your family get some piece no it nerver goes away, Iknow your Dad has to be at piece cause it had to be hell for him as others ( let us all hope this terrible illness stops )its taking our loved ones, bless you ,you will be in our thoughts daily as every one who is fighting this demon..
Sterl , Marylouise Zinn
June 28, 2016
I don't know you or your family but wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. He was obviously blessed to have you based on your writing. I wish you peace and comfort especially knowing your dad now has it.
Anonymous
June 28, 2016
God Bless you Randy, My heart goes out to those who loved and lost you. May you know find the peace and the Happiness , that had eluded you for so long. Fly with your golden wings Randy . You were a Good Man. May you Family find some peace , knowing you are now with The Lord.
Michele Snyder
June 28, 2016
Thank you for your beautiful tribute and plea. I didn't know your dad, but I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Thank God that he is now at peace with his Jesus. May God grant you His comfort, strength, and peace.

Pennie & Mike, originally from York/Lancaster, PA
Pennie Hahn
June 28, 2016
I don't know you or your Dad but as someone who has been surrounded by addiction my whole life I appreciate your honest and loving tribute to this man, your father. At the end of the day, everyone is special and loved. My thoughts are with you and his family.
Karen Gohn Brown
June 28, 2016
What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. I don't know any of you, but I was so touched by his obituary that I thought I'd send a note.
I'm so sorry for you loss not just now, but throughout his addiction. I know, to some point, what you are feeling. I had a brother who was an alcoholic for probably 35+ years of his 58 yrs he lived. He was one of the blessed ones that were able to conquer that addiction through the Lord. We enjoyed having him "recovered" for over 6 years before he passed to lung cancer.
Since your Dad knew the Lord, he is now healed and does not have to fight that terrible battle he fought here on earth. I know the Lord will give you the strength as you travel the grieving and healing journey if you allow Him. Praying for you and your family
Love in Christ!
Sue Neff
June 28, 2016
Everyone has a favorite uncle, and you were mine. Though I was broken-hearted to learn of your passing, I'm happy to know that after years of struggling, you're in a better place and finally full of peace and joy. ❤Love, Carrie
Carrie Holland
June 28, 2016
i did not know your father, but as a fellow veteran i thank him for his service. my prayers are with your family .

may god bless you
william pillgreen
June 28, 2016
I feel for you as I read the obit I live in that situation also with my son. They have the best heart until the addition takes over. My prayers go out to you and your family. May God be with you through this sorrowful time.
Connie Fuhrman
June 28, 2016
Michael Little
June 28, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Addiction effects the entire family. It's so hard to stand by and watch helplessly. May God grant you peace.
June 28, 2016
I remember Randy when he was about 2 his mom and I and our children were in the car,back then the car baby seats hooked over the front seat.
When ever the music was on Randy was always directing his little arms as if he was directing the music.it was always so cute.
Violet Carson
June 28, 2016
Though we don't know each other, my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Addictions only steal, kill and destroy. I've seen it so much. What a beautiful tribute and message. i would like to share with others. I hope that is ok to spread the message of the devastation of addictions. Again my heart goes out to you and your family. P.S. Grew up in York.
Pat Weber
June 28, 2016
What a heartfelt obituary. I did not know your father, but i know your pain. I, too, have a family member who has an addiction. Please accept my condolences in the loss of your father, both his physical body and the man you knew before the addiction. May God be with you and your family at this time.
June 28, 2016
Beautifly written out of honor and love! God Bless
Shirley Kraber
June 28, 2016
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