It is with great sadness that the family of Randy Gaylen Oberholtzer of Arrowwood, announce his sudden passing on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the age of 59 years.

Randy was born on August 28, 1957 in Calgary, Alberta to Ivor and Eleanor Oberholtzer. Randy moved with his family from Arrowwood to Banff in 1968 where he attended school. He was an avid ski racer and enjoyed working in the family motel business. His adolescent years were filled with the pursuit of motorcycles, cars, and trucks. He earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying cross country trips. Randy returned to Arrowwood in Grade 12 to pursue a career on the farm. Randy worked to diversify the family operation to include cattle and custom farming. He was a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his mother Eleanor House, son Josh Oberholtzer (Steph) and daughter Kirby (Neil) Boivin, grandchildren Calum and Jackson Boivin, his brother Clark (Sheri) Oberholtzer and nieces Sarah and Madison Oberholtzer.

Randy was predeceased by his father, Ivor Oberholtzer in 1990.

Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2 pm at the Arrowwood Community Hall, Arrowwood, AB.

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633. E-mail condolences through

21 Condolences for “OBERHOLTZER, Randy Gaylen 1957 – 2017”

  • Randy was such a kind and gentle man.
    Our hearts hurt for Kim and all of Randy’s family. Gentle thoughts, and sincere condolences to all.
    Love Will and Jo Harty

  • Such sad news. Randy was a friend I met in Banff, during our high school days. Rest in piece ‘O-Bee’.

  • Our hearts go out to Kim and all of Randy’s family at this difficult time.
    Randy was such a kind and compassionate man. Always willing to lend a helping hand. We will always remember his kindness.

    Carol & Doug Coutts

  • Randy will be sadly missed. Love and prayers to all of you, Eleanor, Josh, Kirby, Clark, Sheri, Sarah and Maddis.

  • Randy (aka Farmer) was an easy man to love.
    Caring, thoughtful and kind to ALL.
    He will be missed.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss Kim and Randy’s family.He was a very loving and caring man.Love Giselle(aka Gins)

  • Eleanor I’m so sorry to hear about Randy. My love and prayers to you. Words can’t express the sorrow I feel for you. Love Anola

  • Sincere condolences to Kim and Randy’s family. Rest in peace Randy.

    Betty Hryciw, Wendi (Hryciw) and John(Tex).

  • Dear Eleanor & family ….Our heartfelt condolences to each one of you. It is such a sad shock to learn of Randy’s passing. Please know you are very much in our thoughts & prayers.
    Love Patricia & Ron Fazackerley

  • Eleanor and Family,
    As your neighbour during Randy and my youth, I enjoyed and grew fond of your whole family. Randy along with his brother Clark were full of life and I admired Randy for his hard work and also his accomplishment as a seasoned pilot. Great stories of crop dusting and farm life.
    I ran into Randy on the ski hill from time to time, as he supported his son in ski racing. It was also good to see him in Banff Park Church occasionally.
    May God’s peace be with you all at this time.
    With love,
    Randy Tarchuk

  • Love and warmth to Eleanor, Kirby, Josh & family! You too Mom! Randy was a wonderful person who had a tremendously happy attitude and brought his kindness into our family too. His firework tricks, homemade ice cream, and entertaining stories will be missed but held close to our hearts.

  • Jim & I are so sorry for your loss. Randy was a kind and gentle soul to us. We thought the world of him. Our prayers go out to Randy’s family & Kim at this very sad time.

    Love & blessings,
    Jim & Dorothy Brooks

  • Dear Eleanor and family;
    So sorry to hear your sad news.
    We have fond memories of you and your family in Arrowwood while there so many years ago…was it really 15 yrs ago already? Love and empathy sent your way from your old neighbours now retired in Chase, BC

  • Eleanor & Clark & the Oberholtzer Families. Gayle & I would like to express our sorrow for your loss. Our prayers go out to you at this time.

  • Dear Obeholtzer Families,

    It was with sadness and a heavy heart we heard yesterday of Randy’s sudden passing. Our hearts are with all his family and friends that feel the sorrow of his passing. As time passes and the sorrow slowly fades our wish for you all is that he lives on in the many cherished memories you have of him.


    Shel & Toni

  • Just found out and couldn’t be more shocked. Will fondly remember his generosity and gentle nature. My deepest condolences to his family

  • I will always remember the good times with the Oberholtzers and the Flying Farmers organization. You will always be remembered by all Randy. Our prayers go out to his entire family. Gordon and Dianne Summers

  • Please accept my deepest sympathy on Randy’s passing. I have not seen him since 2000 at the “O” reunion, but the loss of a family member always creates wishes for more direct contact. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

    Shirley Maki
    (Ivor’s cousin)

  • My sincere condolences to the Oberholtzer family on Randy”s passing.
    Darrell Barrett

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