The couple claimed seeing Kevin arrive at Stephanie’s house late that evening. When Kevin saw Randy on the front porch, an argument ensued. “It started outside, but eventually they went inside.”
The couple then went to bed, but were woke by hearing voices bickering and a woman screaming. At first, they thought the noise came from Paul’s Nite Club just down the street, but then heard “popping” noises like a gun.
Twenty minutes later, they heard squad cars coming up the street. After hearing the sirens stop close to their home, they went outside to investigate. They were shocked to see several ambulances and officers in front of Stephanie’s home. “Initially, I didn’t put two and two together,” the woman said.
The Lancaster Police Chief said Randy was on the verge of retirement, and his premature death left an unfulfillable void at the station. “Randy’s first asset was his ability to interact sincerely,” said the chief. He described Randy as having a gift at putting people at ease and diffusing conflicts. He said Randy’s death was “difficult to deal with.”
When interviewed, the Hocking County Sheriff said Randy had a great outlook on life and personality, and was willing to help anyone and was an all-around good person. “He’ll be greatly missed,” he said.
The cold rainy day of Oct 31, 2016 was Randy’s funeral. The Lancaster Eagle Gazette covered the service. What started as a 9 a.m. briefing at the Lancaster Police Department, turned into an 11 a.m. service at the Logan Church of the Nazarene, then to the burial at Greenlawn Cemetery in Nelsonville.
Many used the drive to the cemetery to reflect on their lost friend. Randy’s former partner said he chuckled when driving to the cemetery, which was located in an isolated area. “That’s just the way Randy was, he was a prankster,” he said.
He said he reminisced on his and Randy’s good times together as he drove along. He was glad people in mourning were able to find humor during the service, and he thought Randy would have appreciated it. “He was laughing at us, trust me,” he said. According to the former partner, Randy found humor in everything.