Randall J. Elliott
Randall, (Randy) Elliott, age 63, of Charles City, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Floyd County Memorial Hospital.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Charles City, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the start of the service at the church.
A luncheon will be held at the church following the funeral service.
A separate celebration of life will be held starting at noon on Oct. 15, 2022, at the Comet Bowl in Charles City, IA. Friends and family can gather there to share laughs and memories.
Randy was born on June 12, 1959. Randy was one of two children born to Kenneth and Arlene (Voelker) Elliott.
He graduated from Charles City High School in 1977. In high school Randy was active in all athletics, but his athletic career was highlighted most by his track and field accomplishments where he still holds state records to this day.
Randy’s accomplishments in track and field are nothing short of legendary. He was one of the best combo hurdlers EVER in the 112+ years of Iowa High School Track and Field. As a junior in high school he won both the high hurdle and low hurdle races at the state track meet. As a senior Randy was awarded the first ever Drake Relays High School Performer of the Meet award for winning gold in both the high hurdles and the long jump, as well as silver in the 100-yard dash. During his senior year, Randy made history at the Mason City Mohawk Relays where he ran the 120-yard High Hurdles in 13.6 seconds – the fastest ever by an Iowa high school athlete. Randy is one of only two Iowa high school runners to ever break 14 seconds flat.
After high school, Randy attended the University of Iowa on a track and field scholarship. He was a Hawkeye letter winner and a Big Ten medalist.
On Dec. 2, 2017, Randy was inducted into the IATFCC Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in track and field. Bud Legg, the track and field historian for the Iowa High School Boys Athletic Association had this to say about Randy, “To use the words ‘one of the best ever’ is high praise, but certainly in my opinion, it is accurate when talking about Randy Elliott.”
Randy’s employment after college included TriMark Corporation in New Hampton, IA, where he was employed for 15 years. Randy then worked for Clements Chevrolet in Rochester, MN, and Stone’s Auto in Charles City, IA, where he obtained his love for automobiles. After leaving the automotive sales industry he most recently worked at Mike’s C&O Tire also in Charles City, IA, where he spent the rest of his working days and retired in 2021.
In Randy’s younger years, he grew up in Colwell, IA, where he attended grade school and met one of his life-long friends, Rick Peters. He also enjoyed spending time with his dad riding and breaking horses.
After grade school, Randy and his family moved to Floyd, IA, and he started to attend Charles City schools. This is where he met another of his life-long friends, Rick Hall. From there those three boys created a bond that nothing in life could ever break.
Randy “left the light on” for the love of his life Tammy Meineke. He knew right away that she was to be the one.They were united in marriage on Oct. 8, 1994, at Messiah Lutheran Church.
After that they were inseparable best friends and they lived happily ever after until her passing in March of 2022. Together they enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, playing cards, and a love for anything that went fast. Their true passion, however, came in spending as much time as possible with their close friends and family.
Randy is survived by his son Justin Elliott, daughter Callie (Keenan) Johnson, sister Wendy (Gary) Vance, and his four grandchildren: Annala Elliott (17), Cherish Elliott-Larson (17), Gabriel Elliott-Larson (15), and Krew Johson (3).
He was preceded in death by his wife Tammy, his parents Kenneth and Arlene, his grandmother Blanch Elliott, and his grandfather Bud Elliott.
Memorial tributes may be directed to Justin Elliott or Callie Johnson.