Randy M. Studier

Born: Wed., Aug. 18, 1948
Died: Wed., Oct. 26, 2011


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 28, 2011
Location: Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Oct. 29, 2011
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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Funeral services for Randolph Martin Studier, age 63, of Eau Claire, WI will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Rev. Ronald Myers will officiate.  Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-8:00 p.m. Friday, October 28th at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.  

Randy died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at his home.

Randolph Martin Studier was born on August 18, 1948 to Rudolph and Anne (Kunkel) Studier.  He grew up in Glenville, graduating from Glenville High School in 1966.  Randy attended Kettering University in Flint, MI graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  He later received his MBA from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  On August 10, 1968 he was united in marriage to Susan Schmidt in Hayward, MN.  The couple lived in Michigan for several years and later returned to Minnesota.  Randy began his career as an engineer for General Motors in Detroit.  He was then Regional Director for Minnesota Technology Inc. at UMD.  Randy retired as an Outreach Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Continuing Education Department.  Randy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing chess and had a great love for music.  Blessed be his memory. 

Survivors include his wife Sue of Eau Claire, WI; children, Christopher (Janine) Studier of Columbus, MN, Jason (Holly) Studier of Sun Prairie, WI, Joshua (Brooke) Studier of Milton, WI, and Chad Studier of Eau Claire, WI; grandchildren, Brittny, Gabe, Noah, Paul, Ellie, Sebastian, Elias, Annamarais, Leo, Niko, and Gus; mother Anne (Tony) Chavez; siblings Jane (Eddie) Pecora, Tim (Sandy) Studier, Angie (Nick) Olson, Dan (Cathy) Studier, Lori (Al) Heeren, and Jill (Paul) Hagen; brother-in-law Brent Buchanan, and many nieces and nephews.

Randy was preceded in death by his father Rudolph; and sister Nicola Buchanan.

Memorials are preferred to the ALS Support Group of NW Wisconsin, PO Box 690, Eau Claire, WI  54702 or St. Joe’s Hospice, c/o Jenny Gullicksrud,  2661 Cty Hwy I, Chippewa Falls, WI  54729.

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Laurie Hennen
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
Sue, Chris, Jason, Josh & Chad .... My deepest sympathy for your loss. Randy will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kari Ann Nelson
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
Dear Studier family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy. I only knew Randy for a short time, but got to know that he had a great personality and was a nice person. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know him. Your entire family is in my thoughts. Please take care,
Kari Ann Nelson

Roland Breunig
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
Josh, Brooke and Randy's entire family: Know that you have a large network of co-workers and friends that share in your sorrow. We offer our thoughts and prayers and wish you peace.

Jere Wujcik
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
My deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. Randy was a great boss to me for over 8 years and more importantly he was a great friend. He touched the lives of so many people that I know he will be missed. The one thing that I know for sure about Randy is that he loved his family more than anything, loved his music and he loved the outdoors during hunting and fishing season. Please know that Randy may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. May God's Peace be with you all!

Jere Wujcik

Chris Studier
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
I always thought that you would be with us for a very long time considering how many death-defying acts you performed here on Earth. I remember when you started that propane tank on fire at BAV and somehow managed to put it out with a paper napkin as I ran for cover, I remember how you ended up hanging upside down in your deer stand by your feet with your rifle in one hand and your other hand on a branch, I remember watching you roll down that rocky ski hill in the UP in July, and I can''''''''t even count the number of times you somehow managed to end up in the water during various fishing trips; but the challenge you couldn''''''''t conquer was ALS. I hope to someday understand how you were able to keep your sense of humor and upbeat attitude as we all watched this nasty disease take you from us. You were always supportive of your 4 boys whether they did things right or wrong. You were a great dad. I love you and miss you terribly.

Kelly Swartos-St. Joe''s Hospice
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
Dear Studier Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. It was an absolute honor to know Randy and to be a part of his care team. He was a true inspiration and will never be forgotten.

Joel Williams and Family
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
Dear Studier Family,
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. I would like to add one of my memories: I can picture clear as day when my dad and Randy would be up late at night, talking and joking (w/an occassional beer) during our family reunions. Randy will truly be missed by many. We will keep you in our prayers.
Love, Joel

Pat Dahl
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
So many memories have been created in the 43 years that Randy was in my life. He was truly an amazing person, brilliant, funny, and so likeable. My heartfelt sympathy to my sister, Sue, nephews Chris, Jason, Josh and Chad and to Janine, Holly and Brooke and to Randy's beautiful grandchildren! He will be deeply missed! God be with you!

Love, Pat

Linda and John Galkin
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
Dear Studier Family,
Randy was an amazing person and an inspiration to us. In spite of the fact that he was in terrible pain, he was always smiling, laughing, and cracking jokes. Randy was a man of many talents. Our deepest sympathy to my sister, Sue, our nephews and their wives, Chris and Janine, Jason and Holly, Josh and Brooke, and Chad and their children. Randy left many memories for all of us to cherish. We will miss him dearly.

mark mueller
   Posted Fri October 28, 2011
Dear Sue, Sons and family

My deepest sympathies for such a great loss in your life. Randy was such an exceptional person and I know that I can't fully understand how much he will be missed in the family. I valued and appreciated Randys friendship immensly. His intlellect, humor and loyalty has been such an inspiration to me.They way he faced adversity in his last years with such courage, humor and humility is truly staggering and unbelievable. He is a bigger than life person to me. I feel so blessed to have known Randy and the Studier family.

and of course it goes without saying, it was wonderful to see that Randy got true religon when he moved to Wisconsin and became a Packer fan.

mark mueller

Nathan Staehling
   Posted Fri October 28, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the Studier family. Randy will be missed.

Shari staehling
   Posted Fri October 28, 2011
I thank God for the gift of Randy's life. What a gift he has been to our family. Being doubly related was very special especially those days we spent so many Sunday afternoons together. God be with you and also in the difficult days ahead. Love you, Sue, Chris, Jason, Josh, Chad and families.

Phil Staehling
   Posted Fri October 28, 2011
Randy, my cousin brother in law, was a blessing in my life. We had many great times together. Randy had such a great sense of humor and was so much fun. We were life long friends. I will miss him. God be with you Sue Chris Jason Josh Chad and families.

Helen Chen
   Posted Sat October 29, 2011
Dear Sue and Family,
The first time I met Randy he was fixing dinner (for himself -- Sue and I were going out). As a shy person, I always had problems carrying a conversation, especially with someone I didn’t know. On that particular day, I also felt guilty for taking Sue away, which made it more difficult for me to say a word. But Randy made me feel comfortable and welcome. I remember feeling relieved and appreciated his understanding and thoughtfulness. He will be missed.

Helen Chen

Ruth (Staehling) and Darrell Schlange
   Posted Sun October 30, 2011
Deepest sympathy to Sue and family and the entire Studier family. Sorry I didn't have the opportunity to get to know my cousin Randy better. It sounds like he made the most of life and handled his cruel disease with dignity inspired by a strong faith. May God's peace and love and special memories of Randy help sustain you through this difficult time.

Ivy Scholfield (Stanley Peterson Family)
   Posted Mon October 31, 2011
I just wanted to tell you that our family is thinking of your family today and always. We had the privilege of getting to know Randy at the ALS support group meetings and will not forget how kind, friendly, and intelligent he was and how much strength and determination he had. My dad, Stanley, truly admired him and enjoyed chatting with him at meetings. We were very blessed to have Randy (and family) be part of the group and thankful and appreciative of his support when we lost our dad to ALS last November. I still remember when I asked if I could have a picture taken with Randy and the family at the last ALS walk. They did not hesitate to say yes, and I felt it was quite the privilege. I will treasure that picture always....what a wonderful man and a wonderful family. Thanks for inspiring us, Randy, and for demonstrating such strength and perseverance. Thinking of you always....

Mike Schultz
   Posted Mon October 31, 2011
My condolences to Chris and the entire Studier family, I was saddened and shock to read about his passing. It's been a long time since I've seen Randy, probably back in my freshman year in college, but I remember him being a caring, understanding and supporting father. I'm sure he's in a much better place in this world.

David Staehling
   Posted Tue November 01, 2011
My condolences to Sue, Chris, Jason, Josh, & Chad. Early in the year I learned that Randy was thinking of visiting us at our Ozark farm. His health deteriorated too fast so that didn't work out, but he dropped me a short Email back in mid February and we had some very interesting exchanges for a couple of weeks. We talked about our kids and grandkids and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that all of his four sons had graduated from college and pursued good careers. That is something that the whole family can be very proud of. I also found out from his Emails that Randy was quite literate and from his ALS TV appearances also quite good at public speaking. Engineers are generally not known for these abilities.

Gretchen Studier
   Posted Wed November 02, 2011

I never got to spend as much time with you as I wanted. As kids we were so close. I couldn't wait for summer to come so that my family would be going back to MN from GA and I would see you again. I would call your house and then meet you half way with a big hug. We had these all day Monopoly marathons and days where we just hung out together. I remember one fall day in particular. We got into a big pile of leaves and pretended it was a giant nest. We laid there and looked at the clouds and told each other what we saw; elephants, cows, balloons and whatever.

And then we went to school together and were in the band together. Mr Waldheim terrified me! Music is a big part of my life too.

I always hoped that we would see each other more often as adults, but distance kept us apart. It didn't change how I felt about you and the little place I always kept for you in my heart.

I'm so sorry you had to go thru all that you did in the last two years.

I miss you. Hugs Gretchen

Carol Williams
   Posted Fri November 04, 2011
To the Studier Families,

I have known Randy since we were in high school. When he married my sister, Sue, and joined the Schmidt family, I gradually got to know him better.

Randy was a very friendly, loving, caring and intelligent person. He had many talents and he especially loved music and playing his trumpet.

Since Randy was diagnosed with the ALS disease, some of my siblings would visit and see what we could do to help out with Sue and Randy. Those were the times that Randy wanted to play games. He especially enjoyed playing the card game called 99. He loved to see me lose FIRST in that game, which seemed to happen often. What a teaser! He had a good sense of humor. I can't imagine the pain and difficulty he was going through and yet he enjoyed playing games during the time he had ALS.

My deepest sympathy to all the Studier families - Sue, Chris, Jason, Josh, Chad, grandchildren, siblings and spouses, Anne, nieces and nephews. He will be missed and I rejoice that he is now in Heaven singing along with the Angels.

Love, Carol

   Posted Mon November 07, 2011

Through all the good, bad, and ugly we experienced these past couple years. I would never trade them for anything. I never minded your needs, and always put them first (though I may not have smiled through all of them). It was an honor to be your caretaker. What I am most proud of is the way you handled this disease like a man. You never lost your sense of humor. I clearly remember details during the last day of your life, and I will never forget the morning of your death. As hard as it was making sure you had passed, I was up to the task. Though I will never forget the look on your face that morning, I am sure you were telling us you found peace. Yesterday I was in a store trying to decide on a product and thought I could call you for advice, then reality hit & I broke down. Again, it was an honor getting to know you better and being there for you as much as I possibly could. I will be here for mom as much as I can. I will miss you dearly.


Ken Kelly Jr.
   Posted Mon November 07, 2011
May we offer our condolances to the Studier Families, in your time of sorrow. We pray for you and Randys soul. Although we were not close, our paths crossed briefly in our childhood, since Randy and I were double second cousins. Randy was six (6) years my junior however and we lived in different communities. May the Lord be with Randy and you, his family members, as you deal with your loss. We know that he will be greatly missed. In Gods Name, Ken Kelly Jr. (Ken and Elnora Mueller Kelly [Carl and Sophie Studier Mueller]).

Marcella Sodman Johnson
   Posted Wed November 09, 2011
My condolences in the passing of Randy. Although I had not met Randy, his dad Rudy was my cousin and friend, as is his mother Anne. After reading all the loving messages I feel that knowing him would have been a blessing indeed. May God surround you all with His love, comfort and peace.

I have lost my connection with Anne since her remarriage and would like to re-connect with her. Sincerely, Marcella Sodman Johnson

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