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Randal R. Gomber

Randy passed away, Monday, June 19, 2023 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born April 13, 1955 in Allegan to Harold and Bonnie (Zoll) Gomber. Randy worked for over 30 years for Otsego Public Schools as a custodian where he was loving known as Mr. Randy. In his leisure time he enjoyed mowing his lawn, riding his Harley, playing cards, watching car races, playing corn hole and especially loved taking drives and “country cruising” to reminisce. More than anything Randy (Rinki) loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Surviving are his children, Nicole Gomber, Doug (Julie) DePauw and Leslie (Todd) Giuzio; his grandchildren, Chelsea (Jeremy) Brooke (Eric), Ashley (Alex); 3 great grandchildren, Phoebe Sue, Addison, Ryleigh and baby boy Cade due in July; siblings, Julie (Mike) Harrington and Gary (Linda Butler) Gomber along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Sandra Warner and Rex Gomber.

According to his wishes cremation will take place.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Randy may be to the OPS Backpack Buddies, the Otsego VFW Post #3030 or Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan.

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Darcy & Jayson Ennis

June 20, 2023 at 3:24 pm

Mr. Randy was always a great guy and such a good pal to have at the school. We have fond memories of him. Prayers to all the family.


Judith Holmes

June 20, 2023 at 3:59 pm

Oh my, where do I begin . Randy was a wonderful man with an amazing wit and fabulous laugh. He loved his family and community and was loved as much in return. Everyone spoke kindly of Randy. Our daughter Julie loved Randy and told the best stories about him always with great laughter. I know she is so happy to see him.


James Hoffman

June 20, 2023 at 5:29 pm

My condolences to Randy’s entire family. He was an important part of group of great neighbors of North Street where we were neighbors. Had lots of talks with him and was proud to have him as my friend. He always had such a great home with a perfect lawn. Rest in Peace to a great man as you deserve it! Jim & Bonnie Hoffman.


Jaime Chambers

June 20, 2023 at 5:54 pm

I come from a blended family and he always made my children feel accepted no matter what he will forever be missed!!!


Melissa Shumaker

June 20, 2023 at 6:18 pm

Julie, Mike, Jodi, and family. I am heartbroken to hear this. He was an amazing guy. Know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.


Jodi M Harrington

June 21, 2023 at 9:45 am

Thanks Melissa this means so much to our family. He was so loved and will be dearly missed, I know my heart is broken.


Agnes Vanarsdal

June 20, 2023 at 7:02 pm

I am blessed , because I saw and visited with Randy a few weeks ago at Walmart . It was a good visit and he had a great smile on , all the time we visited. Nikki, Doug and Leslie— I am so very sorry for you loss. I know how much he loved you and you him . I loved the story he told me years ago— about Lisa having to sit in the garage, because she would not say she was sorry . I love you kids


Amy Drainer

June 20, 2023 at 7:26 pm

So sorry for ur loss


Barb Schreuder

June 20, 2023 at 7:52 pm

Mr. Randy was loved by all the kids when I had the pleasure of working with him. Randy was always easy to talk to and share a laugh with. Condolences to his entire family.


Mama Kathy

June 20, 2023 at 7:57 pm

My heart is breaking for you all. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my heart and prayers.


Jack Tucker

June 20, 2023 at 8:49 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I worked at Otsego High School with him for many many years he was a great worker and a good friend.


Jennifer Mitchell

June 20, 2023 at 11:06 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. Sue was always my kids’ second mom, and Randy was certainly their second dad. He was always smiling, laughing, and waving as we were also neighbors. He loved his family more than anything, and I’m sure you all loved him as well. Wishing peace for all of you…


Lorna Sisdon

June 20, 2023 at 11:07 pm

Dear Leslie, Doug, Nicole and family

We are so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. . We have many fond memories of when he was our “backyard neighbor”. He was such a kind fella. May God fill your hearts with wonderful memories. Love, Lorna snd Craig


Debbie Anderson

June 20, 2023 at 11:25 pm

I was so very surprised to read of Randy’s passing as I just seen him go by my house on his scooter last week. I worked with Randy at OPS and he was always a nice guy and a hard worker. Always enjoyed giving him a wave or pulling up beside him on his scooter to chat. My sincere condolences to his entire family.



June 21, 2023 at 12:04 am

Mr. Randy was a Great friend and coworker , he was very helpful and kind with the children at school. A lot of memories at the back yard barn.


Brian Tice

June 21, 2023 at 12:06 am

Randy was a great guy with a big heart. His memory will forever be a blessing.


Ronnie Marks

June 21, 2023 at 4:49 am

My heart goes out to all of Randy’s family and friends during this time of loss. I always enjoyed talking with Randy, he had a lot of funny stories about my dad, Skip, and he also knew a lot of Otsego history. He was a genuine nice guy and a pleasure to know and call “friend”. Although he will be missed by all the folks who knew him, pleasant memories of Randy will forever be a part of their life and in their hearts. I just know that he’s up there in Heaven, mowing…….


Candace Holmes

June 21, 2023 at 6:42 am

I grew up running around Otsego High School and have so many memories of Randy – trying to scare my sister and I or just having a smart comment. In recent years we would wave at him on his porch as we ran by – and he would have some encouragement for us on our way. As I grew up, I realized what a gem he was for the school. I am sorry about your loss. He was a wonderful man.


Kim and Brian Sparks

June 21, 2023 at 10:26 am

Randy was someone who Brian’s Dad, Don Sparks, worked with and shared a lasting friendship with until Don’s death in 2020. Growing up and living around the corner from Randy meant I got to stop and chat with him a lot. He ALWAYS had a smile and a kind word and I looked forward to stopping to chat with him when out on walks. What a great guy!

His presence will sorely be missed. Our Sincere condolences for all the kids and grandkids.


Julie Harrington

June 21, 2023 at 1:56 pm

He was the best brother in the world. I’m so glad he was mine. It’s going to be very hard not to have him him to call for the silliest things or knowing he was always there for me. My heart is aching but I know he is now reunited with all of our loved ones in Heaven. I love you so much Rinki Thank You for all my wonderful memories. Saying Good bye is difficult but I know we will be together again.


Rhonda Walker

June 22, 2023 at 11:56 am

To Nikki, Leslie, Todd, Doug and Julie it broke my heart to hear of your Fathers passing. I have been the next door neighbor to Randy and Nicole for the last almost 3 years. Both of them have been such an inspiration to me, always have kind words and well wishes for me no matter what the day held for them. Randy was always mowing my yard and snow blowing the drive in the winter and constantly telling me what a good neighbor I have been to him and Nikki, it’s been 3 days now since he passed I weep every morning when I look out and he is not sitting on the deck or waking me up with the lawn mower I’m sure going to miss his bigger than life smile, My little granddaughters loved Randy he told them they could always ride their bikes in his new driveway and that was so special to them. I want all of you to know what a wonderful person your dad was and he will certainly be missed for a very long time. However I know his pain is gone and he is with his loved ones that awaited his arrival. Rest in peace my dear friend.


Mike Rankin

June 22, 2023 at 1:20 pm

I feel like I’ve known Randy for a long time. That’s how he grew on you. He sure liked Jerkey. It won’t be the same driving by his house and him not waving and smiling. I will miss him so much. Julie I am so sorry.


David Sherwood

June 23, 2023 at 5:02 pm

To Julie, Gary and the Gomber Family.

I have many fond memories with Randy growing up.

He will be missed.



Susan Raven

June 25, 2023 at 9:36 am

I worked with Randy for many years at Otsego Public Schools. He was always in a good mood with a smile on his face and a kind word to the students. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.


Tom Young

June 30, 2023 at 3:29 pm

I worked with Randy at the school for 10 years, never a day went by that he didn’t make me laugh usually tears in my eyes belly laugh.

He was loved by all the kids. A kinder more gentle soul I’ve never met.


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