Randy C. Schwartz, a decorated war veteran, of Miles City passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011, at the age of 43 as a result of injuries from a plane crash near Forsyth, MT.
Randy was born on August 16, 1968 in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada to Bruce and Sylvia (Morey) Schwartz. While growing up on his family farm north of Terry, MT, Randy always had an interest in technology and flight.
After graduating high school in Terry in 1986, he entered a 22 year long adventure with the U.S. Navy where he was a helicopter tactical sensor operator and rescue swimmer. He received a master training specialist certificate and graduated from the Top Gun Seahawk Weapons and Tactics School. During this time, he was reacquainted with an old classmate, Roxie. They fell in love and completed their family by marrying on April 26, 2002.
Randy finished his career with the Navy as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader at the Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific in San Diego, California. He then took a position with General Atomics of San Diego where he conducted quality assurance test flights and evaluations prior to delivery of these systems to the Department of Defense. He was loaned out as a civilian contractor to the U.S. Air Force where he instructed pilots and aircrews how to use 3 dimensional radar, data-link, GPS, and high definition optical camera systems.
The family lived in San Diego until July 2008 when they moved back to Miles City. With all the years of school, training, and instructing technology, Randy looked forward to providing a wide array of services to Eastern Montana businesses and individuals. Randy was able t o put his skills to work by starting Eye In The Sky Photography and Computer Services along with surfmilescity.com.
Randy was a man of honesty and integrity who prided himself on being the best man that he could be. He was the kind of person who always did the right thing 100 percent of the time. He always ensured everyone around him was fully taken care of no matter the sacrifice he had to make.
Randy is survived by his wife Roxie Schwartz of Miles City; his children: Chelsee Kalfell and her fiancé Drew Phalen, Hayden Kalfell (Amanda Askin) all of Miles City, Brent Schwartz of Owatonna, MN, and Morgan Kalfell also of Miles City; his father Bruce and Cleo “Mum” Schwartz of Canada; his sister: Tracy Quast and nieces Sheradyn and Fallon Quast all of Canada; his grandchildren: Brylee and Rylan of Miles City, along with numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Sylvia Morey and grandparents Fred and Barb (Hess) Schwartz.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 with the family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Published August 24, 2011