Randy Waterman, 63, of Sioux Center, IA, formerly of Hawarden, IA, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 5-7PM at New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11AM at New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Rick Van Ravenswaay officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Grace Hill Cemetery of Hawarden.
In lieu of flowers or gift items, the Waterman family prefer memorials be directed to the Sioux County Conservation Board or LIFE 96.5 Radio Station, Sioux Falls.
Randolph Albert Waterman was born April 11, 1950 to Merlyn and Alberta Waterman in Hawarden. He was raised in Hawarden and attended West Sioux Community School. After high school he went to Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon for diesel mechanics. He was married to Peggy VandeMore and they had three sons: Travis, Toby and Tom. They raised their family in Hawarden and later divorced. He later married Kathy Sybesma, and they made their home in Sioux Center.
Randy served in the Army’s 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). There he was selected to participate in the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. After his military service, he returned to Hawarden and worked with his brothers in their repair shops, doing construction and working with concrete. With the encouragement of his brother-in-law, Melvin, he joined the Hawarden Police Department where he worked for 12 years. He then transferred to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department where he worked for 18 years and held positions as road deputy, civil service, jail administrator, chief deputy, and he will be remembered for his work with the Drug Task Force agencies. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and his Master’s degree in Administration. He later worked for local manufacturing companies and fully retired in 2012. He was an active member of New Life Reformed Church in Sioux Center.
Randy was raised to work hard and to provide for his family, and he usually worked multiple jobs. Some of his favorite memories include the times he spent fishing with his boys and grandkids; he was excited about their fishing trips together this summer. He will be remembered with a fishing pole in his hand and a smile on his face. He loved family and fishing, and best of all was fishing with family. He enjoyed gardening and fixing things. He helped out others whenever he could.
His survivors include his wife, Kathy Waterman of Sioux Center; his sons and their families: Travis and Amy Waterman of Hawarden and their children: Tristan, Emma, Raelyn and Thane; Toby and Sarah Waterman of Treynor, IA and their children: Delaney and Nolan; Tom and Jessica Waterman of Paullina and their children: Mason, Megan and Paytan; former wife, Peggy Waterman of Sheldon, IA; Kathy’s daughters: Amy and Brian Van Beek of Sioux Center and their children: Taeden, Tyce and Traevin; Lori and Kendall Wassenaar of Orange City and their children: Paige, Cassidy, Elyse and Elijah. Randy’s sisters include Mary Hulleman of Hawarden, Janice and Charles Johnson of Blair, MN, Mona and Dr. Frank Chan of Phoenix, AZ, Linda and Darrell Ellefson of Dawson, MN; three sisters-in-law, Linda Waterman of Hawarden, Sherry Scheurkamp of Hawarden, Mary Ann Warner of South Sioux City, NE, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Gladys Waterman, brothers: Rolan (Chips) Waterman, Marvin Waterman, Robert (Bob) Warner and brother-in-law, Melvin Hulleman.