Randy Lee VanGilder, age 58, of Lamar, passed away Tuesday evening, April 24, 2018, surrounded by family at his home.

     Randy was born November 4, 1959, in Lamar, first of the two sons of Carl and Patsy (Davis) VanGilder.  He graduated from Lamar High School in 1977 and became a master plumber, working for King Plumbing in Joplin for six years.  In 1994, Randy earned LPN certification from Franklin Tech in Joplin. As a health care provider, he provided excellent service to others in nursing homes and home healthcare for many years.    A life-long learner and avid reader, Randy educated himself on any topic that piqued his curiosity or applied to his wide variety of interests.  His love of the outdoors was nurtured by summers growing up in the hayfield and later caring for his cattle herd.  Randy was a “people person” who thrived on time spent with family and friends and enjoyed the companionship of his dogs.

     On June 9, 1989, Randy married Teresa (Hern) Jeffries VanGilder and she survives.  Also surviving are his mother, Patsy VanGilder; his brother, Rick VanGilder; three sons, Tristan Jeffries, Nicholas (Amanda) Jeffries, Caton (Harmony) Jeffries; three daughters, Jenica (Jim) Crockett, Randa Jeffries, and Whitney Jeffries; 14 grandchildren, Layton, Savanah, Jonathan, Hayley, Adler, Simon, Wyatt, Kamden, Tessa, Trypp, Rylee, Liam, Evelyn and Avett; two nephews, Dylan and Slater; a niece, Carlee; and a large extended family.

     Honoring Randy’s wishes, a private committal service will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Mary K. Finley Library in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#30 NevadaLorine Feldmann 2018-05-15 21:59
With heartfelt sympathy in the loss of
Randy, Teresa and Patsy n family.
we worked at BCMH.
he surely will be missed!!
#29 Houston TXMichael and Carol Fr 2018-04-30 18:03
Carol and I and my Mom send our thoughts and best wishes to you. We are praying for y'all!
#28 Lockwood MoBetty Sparks 2018-04-29 16:48
Sorry to hear about Randy's passing. I worked with Randy at Truman Healthcare in Lamar. He was always so nice and he made work a fun place to be. He will be missed. Randy I will see you on the other side. May God's love be with you during this time of sorrow.
#27 LamarDawn and Dale Norwoo 2018-04-29 15:19
So sorry for your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with his is Family. RIP my Friend!
#26 Lamar MissouriSharon Osburn 2018-04-27 19:51
Patsy and family,
David and I were sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I know this has to be a very hard loss and we pray for you during this trying time. God bless you all.
David & Sharon
#25 Castro Valley CAAngela Shipp 2018-04-27 15:25
I didn't know Randy but used to take Mary Van Gilder to the Lamar reunion each summer when i lived in Missouri and she was always bragging on him how kind, smart, and talented he was. My sympathies.
#24 Nevada, Mo.Larry Martinez 2018-04-27 15:17
All around great guy. RIP
#23 Cumming, GARobert Landreth 2018-04-27 14:50
Patsy, Rick and extended VanGilder family,
I am extremely sad and I wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap you in his loving arms and give you comfort at this time. Randy and I had so many good times back in high school. Patsy - remember after graduation when Randy and I drove that Uhaul down to Georgia? I know we drove you and Carl crazy when we stayed out a little too late. I remember hauling hay during the summer, riding around and around the square, stomping around somewhere on Muddy Creek and the Fair. One time during the summer we were at Earl's farm hauling hay and it was early in the morning. As usual, we were jacking around and I can't remember exactly what I said, but he picked me up and threw me into the rose bushes. I'll never forget that. Randy was always reading something. John 14:1-3 "Let not your heart be troubled..."
I love you brother. Rest in Peace. I will see you again on the other side.
#22 Neosho MoKoni Tyler 2018-04-27 03:57
Teresa and Family, so sad to hear of Randy’s passing. Praying for peace and comfort at this time.
#21 Fort Scott KansasGreg Peters 2018-04-27 02:59
Randy with a fine man and I have many wonderful memories of him and it breaks my heart that he has passed away!

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