Randy Wayne Hamby of Appleton, Wis., passed peacefully into the arms of his Heavenly Father at 10:20 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, surrounded by loving family and friends. He was 60.
Born Oct. 28, 1956, in Fort Atkinson, Wis., the son of Ernest Leslie and Mary Frances (Terry) Hamby.
He married Betsy Pierce on April 2, 1983, and she survives along with their son, Jhered Roland, daughter Brooke Elizabeth and her three precious sons, Levi, Phoenix and Gavin. Also surviving is his beloved brother, Michael Dean (Doris) Hamby of Fort Atkinson, Wis. Additionally, his three half-siblings survive, Jody Christopher Hamby, Loch Lloyd, Mo., Leslie Scott (Julie) Hamby, Elkins, W.V., Kimberly (Ron) Locke, Prairie Village, Kan. Also surviving are his nieces, Jessie (Sean) Weckerly, Fort Atkinson, Wis., and Meghan (Robert) Rehberger, Milwaukee, Wis. He took much delight in being call "Gruncle Randy" by Tyla, Emma, Breslyn and Eden Weckerly and Jace Rehberger. Other nieces and nephews include Emmanuel, Zarabelle, Shalom and Raphael Hamby in Missouri, Savannah, BreAnne and AmyLee Hamby in West Virginia, Britini, Alyssa, Jasmine and Elijah Locke in Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Randy moved to Danville, Ill., at age 14, where he met and eventually married his very best friend! Attending Danville High, he was active in student government and a member of the Thespian Society. He graduated (salutatorian) from Hope Christian High in Danville, Ill., furthering his education at Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.
He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, Appleton, Wis., where he taught Sunday School and lead congregational singing with his beautiful bass voice. He was a life member of The John Birch Society, where he worked for many years. His utter enjoyment of history led him to discover his great-grandfather was a private in the Confederate Army. He joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans, where he found brilliant camaraderie and fellowship with like-minded seekers of true American history.
Being a voracious reader with a thirst for knowledge and truth, led many to tease Randy about being a contestant on "Jeopardy!" An outgoing, likable, good man, he was honored to mentor young adult men, many of whom were his son's age. His wit and wisdom were cherished by everyone. Respected and loved by all, his presence was sought at almost every gathering.
Randy's family wishes to thank Dr. Timothy Goggins, oncologist; Dr. Phil Yazbak, neurosurgeon; the many nurses who interacted with him with humor and kindness; and the ThedaCare Hospice nurse Jenni who was exceptionally compassionate as she tenderly cared for him!
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Calvary Baptist Church, Kaukauna, Wis., with Pastor Ken Griesbach officiating. Visitation will be 2:30 p.m. until the time of service Saturday.
Published on August 22, 2017