Randall "Randy" Lyerla, age 46, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Darrell Spence, Bob Hegdahl, Gene Spence, and Steve Broz
Randy was born February 14, 1968 in Yankton, South Dakota, to Gerald and Betty (Cap) Lyerla. He grew up and attended school in Yankton. He moved to Yakima, Washington and worked as an artist designing tattoos for 15 years until moving to Salt lake City, Utah, where he began designing jewelry. When his health started failing in 2002, he moved back to Yankton to be closer to his family.
Randy loved drawing, telling stories, connecting with his friends on the computer, hunting mushrooms and traveling, including once hitchhiking to Alaska, but he especially loved his beloved dog, Spike. Randy lived life to the fullest taking life's challenges as they came and lived with no regrets. He was always on the move and wasn't afraid of anything. He wasn't very concerned with material things and would rather collect friends over things. Randy was always looking for the next adventure.
Survivors include his mother, Betty Maruska and her special friend Bob Hegdahl of Yankton; grandmother, Rose Cap of Yankton; sister, Cindy (Darrell) Spence of Yankton; two nieces Jennica and Amber Spence, step-mother, Linda (Lyerla) Erling of Huron, South Dakota, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald; paternal grandparents; and maternal grandfather.
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I will miss u my friend! Rest in peace luv ya buddy..
You were such a great person and so kind, to everyone you meet. I am glad that we had became friends you had such a kind heart Randy. U will be miss by so many but not forgott. Who ever you came across u have left a in print on them. God seen that u were in to much pain an was time to come home . you fought a long hard battle but always had your head high an a smile on your face when I saw you. May you RIP buddy. See you again. My prayers an thoughts are with your family and ur friends.
Cindy and family ...
So sorry to see Randy passed away. Many memories from high school days. Hang in there and be strong! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Brad, Jodi (Keegan) List and family
So sorry to see of Randy's passing. I know we visited about his status a few times, soory to see this was so sudden. I am keeping you in my thoughts!
Betty & Family my deepest sympathy on the passing of Randall.
I wish all of God's love and know Randall is in a better place without pain.
Betty & Family my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son.
I wish you God's blessings and will keep you all in my prayers.
Betty and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss Brian and Connie (Jezek) Tinney
RIP my sweet, caring, intelligent friend. You will be missed by many.
Betty, Cindy, Aunt Rose and family
Our hearts pray for you to quickly heal and to hold onto all the memories that you were blessed with. I love you guys very much and all of my sympathy to you.
Love, Diane & family.
Randy - your gentle spirit was always appreciated ! Peace !
Betty and family,
In speaking with Bernie on Thursday, we learned of Randy's passing. Know that you are all being kept in our heartfelt prayers.
Arlene Stoebner & family
I remember one summer us trying to decide where you were going to tattoo your initials. I think my ankle was the decision until I believe my mother found out lol. I always have remembered you showing me how you can give a tattoo with thread wrapped around a sewing needle. <3 u Randy <3
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