Randy Elton Reis was born in Denison, Iowa, October 19, 1957, the son of Merlyn and Marcella Reis. He passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at his home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of sixty.
Randy was baptized in Christ January 9, 1966 and on April 15, 1973, confirmed his faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. He received his education in the Denison Community Schools, graduating from Denison High School and furthered his education at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. After leaving Iowa State University, Randy was employed in the construction business in the Ames, Carroll, and Minneapolis areas before returning home to Denison where he was employed by Frazier Construction Company.
On July 3, 1994, Randy was united in marriage to Cindy Groth at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, and they later renewed those vows at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. The couple was blessed with three sons: Zach, Ryan, and Colin. The boys were a great source of pride in Randy’s life. He was a huge supporter and fan of all the activities the children were involved with. He enjoyed the opportunities he had to be a volunteer coach for his boys’ soccer, flag football, and t-ball teams. He also enjoyed his time spent volunteering for the outdoor education program at Denison Middle School.
In 1994, he established his own business, Randy’s Carpentry. He built 2 beautiful homes for his family in Denison as well as building homes for others and completing many home and business additions and remodeling projects throughout the area. Randy was always respected for his quality of workmanship and creativity. He had amazing talents. In September, 2012, Randy became the building inspector for the City of Denison where he got to use his construction expertise in a different way.
Randy was quick-witted and had a great sense of humor. He also enjoyed playing pranks on people, especially his co-workers and family members. Randy was an avid outdoorsman. Fishing was his passion. Although he had fished many different bodies of water throughout his life, his favorite fishing spots included Spirit Lake and lakes around the Alexandria, Minnesota area where he vacationed every summer for 18 consecutive years with Cindy and their boys. Randy also enjoyed the deer hunting he did every December with a group of friends and his son, Zach. His last hunting season was one of the best the group had in many years.
Preceding Randy in death were his grandparents and parents. Survivors include: his wife, Cindy; three sons: Zach and girlfriend, Iniki; Ryan; and Colin; three brothers: Ricky and his wife, Connie; Ronald and his wife, Vicky; and Robert(died May 3, 2018); one sister, Rachelle and her husband, Terry; other relatives and friends.