Randy Lee Bishop, 70 of Choteau, passed away peacefully December 31, 2021 at Benefis Peace Hospice in Great Falls after a brief battle with illness.
Cremation had taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and a celebration of Randy's life will take place Monday; January 17, 2022 at 11am at the Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home Chapel.
Randy was born October 23, 1951 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Alfred and Violet (Poitra) Bishop. When he was young, his family made the move from North Dakota to Great Falls, Montana where Randy was raised. He graduated from Great Falls High School. After graduation, Randy moved to Choteau and purchased the Choteau House. He met and married Diane Bishop and, after a time, the couple moved back to Great Falls where they were blessed with their only child, Alyssa. Randy eventually moved back to Choteau and worked as a custodian at Choteau Schools, the Post Offices in Choteau and Bynum and the Forest Service in Choteau and Augusta. Randy also ran a carpet cleaning business and delivered mail as a fill-in. On June 24, 2000, Randy married the love of his life Helen Hauser. Helen had five children from a previous marriage which gave Randy the opportunity to be a step-father. Helen and Randy were married for 21 years until Helen passed away in February of last year.
Randy enjoyed fishing and hunting for birds, deer, elk, and bear. He loved to go gold panning and be in the great outdoors. He enjoyed a good rummage sale, shooting pool and bowling and was even on leagues at times during his life; but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He had a warm heart and an infectious smile and was always trying to make people laugh.
Randy is survived by his children Alyssa Hutton of Choteau, Laura (Joel) Nagro of Ashland, Wisconsin, Angela Retzlaff of Choteau, Daniel Retzlaff of Crandon, Wisconsin, Amanda Hauser of Madison, Wisconsin, Jonathan Hauser of Choteau, and Jennifer Hauser (John Kothrade) of Choteau. Ten grandchildren Jay, Devin, Matt, Morgan (Ed), Jassie (Taylor), Archer, Walker, Jesse, Eric and Anabella as well as numerous extended family members and lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Violet Bishop and his wife Helen Bishop.
In Lieu of flowers memorials in Randy's name are suggested to Peace Hospice.
Condolences may be left on-line at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com