In memory of Randall Robbins
Organized by: Liz Hoskins
Liz Hoskins via Crowdrise
August 29, 2015
Randall Robbins lead a great life; not an easy life, but one that inspired all who met him. He had a big, welcoming, personality that could make friends feel warm and at home and all he met soon felt like an old friend; he just had that way about him. The first thing you would notice about him was a smile that could light up any room, but it went deeper than that, because he was also generous and genuinely cared for others and took interest in THEIR well-being. And for all of those reasons (who Randall was as a person) the world became a little dimmer for one loving wife, a close knit family, and a host of friends, neighbors, and colleagues on August 25, 2015. The man whose eyes lit up when the University of Kentucky won a game and enjoyed exploring nature, had passed away following a round of dialysis that left him unresponsive. He leaves behind his wife and best friend, Johna, his pets, and many friends and family members.
He remained strong and optimistic when it would have been easier to give up. Throughout his life, as with all lives, he faced obstacles, one of his biggest being pervasive health issues. From an early age he faced trials that would've been disheartening for others, or at the very least, would've warranted some self-wallowing. However, throughout his journey and battles with diabetes, kidney failure, heart failure and surgeries including kidney transplant, he remained the same optimistic, smiling, lover of life that he had always been. The kind of fight he fought for life inspired others and everyone who knew him came to expect him to win every battle. Even as his health faded, he strived to maintain a sense of normalcy and even worked full time, only being forced to stop following leg amputation and blindness.
His wife, Johna, has been a steady, constant in his life. Her dedication, strength, and love has never waivered. And when the time came that Randall needed a kidney transplant she was steadfast in immediately determining if she was a match. When she was found to be a match, she gave him her kidney. And now that he has passed she is not only left with transitioning into a life without her true soul mate, but also financial strains that have accrued following hospitalizations and end of life arrangements. Please consider making a donation to lift her up in her time of need.