Randy ZoeRay 'Chopper' Haddix - Obituary
July 27, 2018
Randy ZoeRay "Chopper" Haddix, 56 of Sidney and Broken Bow, Nebraska, passed away July 9, 2018, at the Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, Colorado. Memorial Services for Randy Haddix will be held Saturday, July 28th at 12:00 P.M. in the new building on the west end of the Sidney fairgrounds. There will be lunch before services. Adam Frerichs is officiating. Following the service will be the last ride and toast in honor of Randy. We ask everyone to join and celebrate his life. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremations is assisting with Randy's arrangements.
Randy was born August 22, 1961, at the Community Hospital at Broken Bow, Nebraska to Delmer Abslum and Gertrude Louise (Hastings) Haddix. Randy was the fourth child of Delmer and Louise Haddix. Randy's childhood was spent with his siblings, Clyde, Darlene and Leo in Mason City, Nebraska. Randy went to Mason City Public School, K-8, and Ansley Public School 9-12. Randy graduated with the class of 1979. After graduation, Randy enlisted in the Army National Guard-Nebraska. He was stationed with Co C 1195th Armor. His military education was 14-weeks of training at Fort Knox, Tennessee for an Armor Crewman. His specialty was a 19EIO Armor Crewman. Randy was Honorably Discharged on February 11, 1985, as a Specialist Four E-4 from the Company C 1-195th Armor.
In August of 1984, Randy started working at the Broken Bow Police Department and was a volunteer firefighter and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). Randy was also the school resource officer and the Dare Instructor. It was important to Randy to help the kids in school or outside of school. Randy was a Hunter Safety Instructor up to the time of his untimely death. Always helping to educate the public about hunter safety.
Randy's hobbies were cooking, hunting, fishing, skeet, trap shooting, camping and riding motorcycles. When he went goose hunting he was the designated cook in the goose blind. He loved to cook and try out new recipes when the goose and duck hunters were in the blind. When Randy would start getting ready and packing for his goose hunting trip, his lab, Pepper couldn't sit still because he knew they were going on a hunting trip and they were going to have fun on the weekend. When Randy went camping everyone loved and looked forward to his cooking. He loved to take his granddaughters camping and fishing.
In 1998, Randy applied at Cabela's and was called two days later and offered a job. Randy had been at Cabela's until the buyout. Randy enjoyed working at Cabela's and meeting people.
In April of 2018, Randy started his new job at the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Department in Sidney as a jailer at the time of his death.
Randy was a member of the Tehama Shriners at Hastings, Nebraska and Frank Welch Lodge #75 at Sidney, Nebraska. He was also a member of the Centurions LEMC. Randy was a member of the Region 21 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and was a big part of getting it started. On April 13 and 14, 2018, the CERT Team assisted the Nebraska State Patrol during the blizzard "due to impassable roads due to zero visibility and drifting snow causing crashes and stranded motorists." The CERT Team received recognition from Governor Ricketts and the Nebraska State Patrol for the Public Service Award on May 10, 2018.
Survivors include; Melody Buckley, Christopher and Cathryne Buckley of Moorhead, MN, Thai and Morgan Nimmo of Sidney; Granddaughters Brianna, Allison, Ariana and Beaux; best friends and family Dave and Denise Sanders, Austin Sanders and all the rest of the Sanders clan; Tim and Amanda Craig, Jason and Michelle Teters, Jeff and Jason Buettenback and numerous others. Everyone was either family or a friend.
Randy was proceeded in death by his parents, Delmer and Louise Haddix, mother-in-law, Nettie Klitzman, and father-in-law, Berl Klitzman.