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Randolph “Randy” Thomas Schliesser, 41

Posted: Thursday, Dec 5th, 2013

MONTE VISTA—Randy Schliesser went home for the final time on Nov. 8, 2013, at 7:50 p.m. while in the Penrose/St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Randy was born on July 4, 1972, at the old Monte Vista Hospital. He truly was “A real live nephew of his uncle Sam’s!

Randy attended the Monte Vista Schools for most of his school years, but graduated from Alamosa High school in 1988.

Not too long after graduation, Randy enlisted in the U.S. Army; He served our country for seven years, travelling to Korea, Georgia, Illinois, California, Texas and many other places. He received an honorable discharge in 1999, due to health problems. He came home bearing a large package filled with assorted awards, certificates and metals. While in the service, he also earned two good conduct metals, which are only awarded once every three years. Eventually, Randy found himself at the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission, where he worked as a cook for approximately two years.

Randy loved his mom, stepdad, one and only brother Jamie and niece Alyssa. Randy also loved virtually everyone who left a message on his Facebook page upon hearing of his death. He knew and loved you… each of you know who you are and how much you meant to him. And as all who cared about him know, he loved his true soul mate Johanna, his medieval sword and his sole companion, and only company for so much of his last few months, little fish, a gift from Johanna, who cannot be thanked enough.

Randy loved justice, fairness, (well behaved) children, a plethora of professional chefs at the Colorado Springs Culinary Arts School, but most especially, Randy loved our Father, and his son, Jesus. When attempting to watch “The passion of Crist,” it took him 15 tries to finish it, because he could not bear to “See” his “King’s” sufferings.

Randy’s love of animals, gardening, women, reading, computers and history are well known among those he cared for. Randy’s favorite foods were “kimshi” a Korean staple that consists mainly of rotted cabbage, and bacon, which he felt terribly guilty about because pigs have faces and were his friends too.

Throughout his life at different times and places Randy earned quite a few titles, including, vegetarian, fast food worker, farmer, rancher, animal whisperer, fighter, hierophant, computer wizard, medic, paramedic, veterinary technician with a certification in animal parasitology, a highly accomplished landscaper, college student, ordained minister of The Universal Church, philanthropist, philanderer, certified chef (specializing in Asian cuisine, he was studying to earn additional degrees in pastry and restaurant management. Randy was a lifetime member of P.E.T.A, The A.S.P.CA and M.E.N.S.A. Most recently, Randy desired to become an author. He left behind a virtual mountain of finished and unfinished works including an extensive and exhaustively researched volume pertaining to Zombies. His true love was found in writing children’s books. The one and only copy of his precious children’s book, “Raggit,” has been in the trusted possession of a most-dearly-loved one. “A Patchwork Kitten” his very first children’s book will hopefully be published in the not too distant future.

Randy was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents George and Myrtis Schliesser, his deeply loved uncle Wayne Schlisser, his step-grandparents Alvie and Bertha Frank, cousin Billy Leigh, cousin Sheila`s baby girl Shannon, cousin Denise`s little boy, his greatly-missed adopted Uncle Otis and his most precious and deeply loved companion Little Fish, who died in route to Monte Vista from Colorado Springs.

Randy left behind many people who will miss him more than he ever imagined they would!

He is survived by his aunt Dawn (Rusty) Whitmore, of Limon, Colo; cousins Cher Billy Jo, Sheila, Rueben, Emmy and Jimmy; as well as several second cousins; aunt Viv (Otis) Browning, of Ogallalla, Neb.; cousin Joey Browning; two second cousins; uncle Jerry (Nini) Schliesser, of Fort Bidwell, Calif.; Jerry`s children Tammy, Denise, Shane, Jeremy and Amanda; several more second cousins; uncle Randy (Sandy) Schliesser of Hudson, Colo.; cousin Lynsey; uncle Marty(Trixie) Schliesser; their four sons, Joshua, Matthew, Jacob and Caleb; his mother, step father and brother all of Monte Vista. Randy also leaves three step uncles and aunts, four step-cousins Larry and Sue Frank of Pueblo, Colo., Marilyn Sue Converse of Florida and their children, Karen Frank, Kevin Frank, Stormy Frank and Corey Converse; aunts Zola, Dee Dee, Donna, Evelyn and Marion (Wayne) Schliesser of Canon City, Colo.; uncle Jerry and four cousins Macy, Ann, Daniel and Adam.

Cremation was chosen and arrangements were handled by Strohmayer’s Funeral Home in Monte Vista.

One memorial service for Randy was held Friday, Nov. 29 at the Colorado Springs Rescue.

For the complete article see the 12-05-2013 issue.

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