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Randall Stuart Shelden, local businessman, entrepreneur, outdoor adventurer, and multi-sport athlete passed away peacefully July 10th, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Born in Rockford May 28, 1957, son of James and Norma Shelden, Randy attended Keith School and West High School before graduating from Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts. He later graduated from the University of Colorado, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Randy was a fitness enthusiast, and to that end he founded The Edge Fitness Center in Belvidere. He had a keen awareness of the need for proper nutrition and physical fitness to maintain a healthy mind and body.

He was a hard-working real estate investor having rental properties in Lake Geneva, as well as several local properties. He enjoyed rehabbing homes and improving neighborhoods in the process. And through vacation rentals, he truly enjoyed creating a welcoming and relaxing environment for his guests.

Randy had a love of photography, gardening and camping, which he enjoyed throughout his life.

To say Randy loved sports, might be considered an understatement. He excelled at snow and water skiing, lake and ocean sailing, Nordic skiing and canoeing. And his competitive pursuits ran the gamut from sailing with the Lake Waubesa Sailing Club to the "Mac" race to running numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and completing four Iron Man Triathlons. His true passion was Nordic skiing, and he completed his 33rd annual 50K American Birkebeiner (Birkie) ski marathon in February, where he was an uberlegger finisher, having skied thirty or more Birkies.

Randy was a past member of Second Congregational Church and more recently attended Heartland Community Church.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kay Lynne, Rockford; brother James Shelden Jr. (Carrie), Atlanta; brother Charles Shelden (Kittie Hook), Denver; sister Julia Trowbridge, Clarendon Hills, IL; aunt Carolyn Bailey, Rockford; and several cousins, nieces and nephews whom he adored.

Randy was humorous, generous, loyal, fun-loving, loved to laugh, and cared deeply for others. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Preceded in death by parents James Whitney and Norma J. Shelden, uncles James Bailey and Bennett Griggs, and an aunt, Margaret Shelden Griggs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation for the Randy Shelden Memorial Trail Marker, Habitat for Humanity, or Northern Illinois Hospice.

A memorial service will be held at Heartland Community Church, 1280 South Alpine Road, Rockford, on Friday, August 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. Private interment will be at Winnebago Cemetery.

Condolences & Shared Memories (8)

  1. Ramona Wojtysiak

    You have my heartfelt condolences. Memories are sometimes cherished anchors that helps the day go by. When I used to garden early on the morning, I would see Randy doing his run coming and going. Always a Hi and a smile. He will be missed.

  2. Steve Fink

    Great memories of summer vacations on Leech Lake, skiing in Vail and mini biking at Waubesa. Rest in peace Randy.

  3. Joan Elizabeth Fink Arney

    My heart aches for you Kay Lynne, Pips, Chuck, Jules and the rest of the Bailey clan and extended family and friends. So many wonderful lifelong memories shared. I have found my tears turn into laughter over and over, upon receiving this sad news! Randy was one of a kind...he gave new meaning to the word adventure. He embraced everyday and every moment! The childhood memories have been imprinted on me forever...Randy never met a stranger...He loved life and loved his family and friends! A life well lived...a life taken too soon! He will be missed, but his spirit lives on. Raise a glass for Randy to celebrate his life! Until we meet again! Xoxo ~Joanie and the Fink family

  4. Geoff Fink

    Many memories of Randy during summer vacations on Leech Lake. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Kendra Collier Green

    Randy has always been one of my favorite people in the world, the big brother I never had. From teaching me to ski, always teasing me about my clothes, his shenanigans and the endearing way he always said “Kinnnnndy”.Randy always had a way of making you feel special and always had a smile as well made you smile. Words can't express my sorrow and sense of loss. I'm sorry I can't celebrate his life with you I wouldn't miss it except my Marine is finally stateside so please know how much I loved randy and all my sheldens Kendra

  6. Bill Taylor

    I'll miss Randy. I'll never forget the time he visited with me in Germany. I was working with the Canadian Army late at night and I hear "Bill". I look up and it's Randy. What, Why, How? Amazing guy.

  7. Carolyn Bailey

    Having Randy in our family has enriched my life. He had many talents and interests, but I will remember him, most, as a sweet and kind person. I will miss him. He was like a son to us.

  8. Lynn Bailey Clark

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man. He was more like a brother to me than a cousin and more like a son to my mom and dad than a nephew. Randy always made spending time with family and friends a priority and we all are better for that. We all will miss him but cherish all the sweet memories.


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