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Randall "Randy" Wilken

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Randall Dean “Randy” Wilken, 67, of Hiram, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. followed by service on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at the Hillcrest Baptist and Brethren Church located at 300 Southeast Avenue, Fredericksburg, Iowa, with Pastor Scott Smith officiating. Food and fellowship will immediately follow the service. A private memorial service will follow in Hiram, GA for his extended family and friends to celebrate his life. Randy was born on April 12, 1956, in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Adrian Wilken and Janet (Lutz) Wilken Henderson. He was a 1974 graduate of Monticello High School and went on to attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, graduating with a B.A. in Industrial Arts Education in 1979. On September 29, 1979, Randy was united in marriage to Vicky Jo (Ott) Wilken in Fredericksburg, Iowa. He worked in Metal Building Sales for over 40 years for MBCI, Metl-Span, and presently with Nucor and was planning his retirement in December. Randy had many hobbies and interests. He loved all Iowa State University sports and played basketball as a walk-on while attending college there. He was a talented musician and loved playing guitar and especially loved Jimmy Buffett. His love of music led to a small business where he and Vicky would DJ many weddings, important events, and epic karaoke parties for friends and family. Randy was a gifted chess player and loved playing with his nephews and sons and rarely lost. He loved playing golf and was quite good. Randy was a skilled carpenter and had plans in his retirement for many projects and crafts with Vicky. Randy loved his second home at Paradise Valley in McGregor, Iowa, and had enjoyed spending summers and social hours with their Valley family and friends. Family was very important to Randy. He loved spending time with his children and grandsons and sharing in all of their sports and activities. He coached his children in soccer in their early years and enjoyed attending of his grandson’s baseball games and taking them for rides in his beloved ’93 Mustang. He was very close with his siblings, nieces, and nephews and loved spending time with them, playing music. He especially looked forward to the annual Wilken Family reunion. Randy is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Vicky (Ott) Wilken; three children, Casee (Michael Keeney) Wilken of Hiram, Georgia, Chris (Brandee) Wilken of Dallas, Georgia, Steven Wilken of Hiram, Georgia; 2 grandsons Aidan Wilken & Ellison Wilken; mother, Janet Henderson of Marion, Iowa, brother Rick (Paula) Wilken of Ashland, Virginia, sister Pam (Frank) Mueller of Verona, Wisconsin, sister Tami (Mark) Rowell of Cedar Rapids, sister Kim Wilken of West Union, Iowa; sister-in-law, Jennifer Wilken of West Des Moines, Iowa; in-laws, Denny & Shirley Ott of Fredericksburg, Iowa, sister-in-law Colleen (Gary) Shurtleff of Fredericksburg, Iowa, sister-in-law Jill (Kip) Roelfsema of Denver, Iowa; 8 nieces and 7 nephews; many great-nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Watson Dean. He was preceded in death by his father, Adrian Wilken, step-father, Jim Henderson; and brother, Rob Wilken. In lieu of floral or monetary gifts, Randy and family would kindly ask that you donate to the music program in the school district of your choice.

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  1. Vicky, Casee, Chris, Steve and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. So many memories! Love, Dena and Zac Palmer and Dean Speicher

  2. Oh my gosh, this is so shocking for me. 😒 So happy we just had the class reunion to reconnect. Love and hugs to you, Vicky, and all your family.💔

  3. So sorry to learn of your loss. May you experience overwhelming comfort and peace during this time.

    Bill & Peggy Coleman

  4. Going to really miss working with Randy. Great guy. Great Cyclones fan. Great friend. And the list doesn’t end there. -Brent

  5. Oh my heart is so sad , Randy you were the first to make me an aunt and at twelve years old. How proud I was and loved you so very much. I will never forget the summer I spent in Virginia helping care for you as your mom worked and Dad was in the service. Also spent a lot of a summer caring for you and Rick in your home in Cedar Rapids while your mom and dad were working and many times after in your young life. I cherish your memory and the times we had. God Bless and Keep Your family. Love Aunt Dorrean💔🙏

  6. So incredibly sorry to learn of this. Randy was a mentor to me and many others. A great man who was always willing to help the younger generation. We called him the “godfather” I will miss our Marietta Diner lunches. You will be missed sir. My deepest sympathy for your family.

    Adam Posey

  7. Randy and I went to numerous job sites together over the years. He was the consummate professional and I always enjoyed being around him. So sad to hear of his passing. I’m praying for the Lord to comfort his family as they mourn his loss. Rest In Peace Brother.

  8. Randy was awesome to me when I became a Sales Manager at MBCI. He didn’t always tell me what I wanted to hear, he told me just like my daddy would have told me! RIP brother!

    EP

  9. Randy was always so generous with his time & expertise and taught me a lot – especially in my early days at MBCI. In my entire career that spanned close to 50 years he is one of those people that I’m glad to have known. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

    Ned Trautman

  10. I will forever remember the good times including playing pool and singing karaoke at the Wilken house. Such a great guy with a heart of gold and conversations I will always cherish. Prayers to the Wilken family.

  11. There are so many many great memories,
    The parties, the karaoke nights, the parties,
    The camping trips, the parties, shared holidays, the parties, the big Jamaica trip, the parties, weddings, the parties, the laughs, the parties.
    Judy’s funeral, the parties. Hanging out on each others back patio and decks, the parties, Randy’s smoked chicken wings, the parties, the big neighborhood flood, the parties. 😄
    We will forever remember all the memories that we all made in Randy’s presence.
    We love u Randy and u will be forever missed!
    Thank you !!

  12. Vicky and families, Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Mary King and family

  13. What good friends and wonderful Man loved music and had many friends including me rest in peace and say hi to Jimmy!

  14. I don’t know if anyone will read this….but I learned of Randy’s passing tonight over dinner with a mutual friend and I’m heartbroken.

    Whether he knew it or not….I considered him a mentor and a friend. I was a kid in our industry 20 plus years ago. He taught me so much, always smiling and full of energy. I will always remember his smile.

    You….his family are in my prayers.

    Jason Cooke

  15. Dearest Casee,We want to express our deepest condolences during this difficult time. You have all our support and love.Cobb Pediatric Associates

  16. We are saddened to hear of Randy passing. We so much enjoyed his friendship. We have lasting fond memories of time spent with Randy and Vicky – golf, basketball, music, dancing, drinking and time spent on their deck. Love you both.

    Bruce and Renee Fairchild

  17. Vicky & family, I am very sorry for your loss. How difficult it must be to lose Randy right before his retirement. I recall Bill telling me he & Randy were great friends. A loss on earth was a reunion in Heaven. Blessed Be. Joan (Johnson) Hollar.


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