Randall (Randy) Eric Sheldon passed from this life on May 27, 2023, surrounded by his wife and sons after a long battle with COPD. Cremation has taken place. Randy was born November 24, 1946 in Kingman, Kansas. He was preceded in death by grandparents Cecil and Gladys Sheldon, Roy and Marjorie Wetherall, parents Elizabeth and Dale Sheldon and brother Craig Allen Sheldon. He is survived by his beloved wife Pat; son Jason and children Amelia and Jeffrey; son Bryan (Sarah) and children Taylor, Allister, and Oliver; sister Debby Nare (Gus); sister Kristen Desrosiers; and brother Lance (Donna).
Randy grew up in a small town/rural farming environment learning many skills under the tutelage of his father and grandfathers and enjoying hunting, fishing, and playing football. He graduated from Cunningham High School in 1964, and attended Kansas State University graduating in 1968. He completed four year of ROTC and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He entered active duty in the U.S. Army in September, 1968 and was honorably discharged in September 1970. Part of the active duty time was spent serving in Vietnam and he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal as well as other medals and recognitions. He continued to serve in the Army Reserve for two years.
On January 2, 1971, he married the love of his life, Patricia Diane Armour, in Louisville, Kentucky. He again attended Kansas State University obtaining a Master’s Degree in Economics. After obtaining that degree, he went to work for the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) for 30 plus year. He retired as Managing Director and Chief Economist in Commodity Research and Product Development responsible for leading efforts to identify and develop new futures markets for the CBOT. Randy also attended North Central College in Naperville, IL where he obtained a Masters of Business Administration Degree in 2002. After living in Naperville, IL for38 years Pat and Randy moved to San Tan Valley, Arizona, for the benefits of a drier climate where they enjoyed the southwestern terrain.
Randy enjoyed teaching skills to his sons and his hobbies included woodworking, reading history books, exploring new recipes to cook, and “face-timing” with his grandchildren. Like his father Dale, he had a keen sense of humor and was a master at story telling. He was loved by family and friends and will be truly missed.
The family suggests any memoriams be made to:
Banner Health Foundation,
Palliative Care/Mary Goldenberg,
2901 N. Central Avenue Suite 160,
Phoenix, AZ 85012.
Randall E. Sheldon