Randall “Randy” Mize Walker, age 49, of Topeka Kansas; a writer, gamer, thinker, husband, father, and grandad moved on from his mortal shell on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka due to complications of cardiac amyloidosis.
He is survived by his beloved wife Anna; sons: Nick (Dena), Zach (Alexis), and Ian; grandsons: Ezra and Emmett; parents Tom and Jackie; siblings: Scott (Shelly) and Kathy (Saul); numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends as well as iKids – close friends in the table-top gaming community, each and every one of his friends as important to him as family.
Randy was born on November 20, 1966 in Wichita, Kansas at St. Francis Hospital, the first of three children to Thomas “Tom” Walker and Jacqueline “Jackie” (Wiles) Walker, the family eventually settling in Valley Center, Kansas.
In 1989, Randy met, then quickly fell in love with his future wife Anna as well as her son Nicholas, a boy whom Randy showed no hesitation in assuming responsibility of as if the boy were his own.
Randy and Anna married on February 29, 1992 in Valley Center, Kansas, and not long after, the new family welcomed the addition of Zachary on April 19, 1992, before moving to Topeka. Then, on November 3, 1995, with the birth of youngest child Ian; Walker, family of five, was complete.
In his role as family patriarch Randy was nothing short of dedicated. He supported his wife Anna in anything and everything unconditionally, as well as through her pursuit in fulfilling her artistic ambitions. With his sons he shared his passion for music, gaming, and writing among others; and embraced their own passions with open arms. Randy succeeded especially in imparting on his sons, knowledge that will guide them through their current grief and other struggles for the rest of their lives.
Growing up, Randy often passed his time immersed in his Mom’s library of science fiction novels, especially the works of JRR Tolkien and Andre Norton, and when he discovered Dungeons & Dragons in Middle School it began a lifelong passion for role-playing games and table-top gaming in general.
He was an avid writer, whether it was by blogging or tweeting, campaign or world settings for D&D or other role-playing games, writing short stories or working on the novel which will go unfinished, Randy loved writing.
Randy was an early adopter of social media, especially Twitter which he used to break out of his introverted shell and connect with the world in his final years. Through social media, Randy connected personally with hundreds of others and left a mark on hundreds if not thousands more.
Since 1994, Randy worked for Hill’s Pet Nutrition at their corporate office in Topeka beginning as a part-time customer service representative turning it into a twenty-two-year career spanning multiple positions due to his dedication and uncanny ability to find new ways to utilize his talents, leaving a positive impact on countless coworkers, business partners, and customers.
An "Informal Memorial Shindig" (Randy’s Words) will be held Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 11am – 2pm at the downtown Classic Bean, 722 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, Kansas, 66603. There will be games to play, LEGOs to build, conversations to be had, just as Randy would have wanted. Randy’s family has also begun work on setting up a digital memorial covering the full array of his digital legacy at deadorcs.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that any memorial contributions be made to the GoFundMe page setup by their friends online at goo.gl/LdegZL or in the form of a LEGO MiniFig to maintain Randy’s tradition of letting all new visitors, or anyone who asked nice enough, build their own custom MiniFig from Randy’s parts bin in order to commemorate their visit.
All that remains to be said is this: Initiative or What?