Randy Lawrence Nowak

March 22, 1954 ~ April 10, 2022 (age 68)


Randy Lawrence Nowak 0n April 10th left his earthly home to be embraced by the love of his Savior, reuniting with his loving parents, grandson, and families and friends.

Proceeded in death by his loving parents Raymond and Alma Nowak, his first Grandson Coltin Nowak and many close friends of Merrill Wisconsin, Vero Beach Fl, and Barrington Illinois.

Born to Raymond and Alma Nowak in Wausau Wisconsin on the 22nd of March, 1954, Randy from that day forward showed all his love of a life full of the adventures that legends and tales are made of.

A wondering free spirit who was able to weave the most captivating stories of his travels, adventurers, eccentric collections and businesses. At any time one would always find him surrounded by and entertaining friends and family, and even strangers he met along the way. A God Loving Free Spirit who approached everything with his own marked life style showing to all the success of a positive attitude.

Usually found in his shop doing repairs, classic `restorations, cleaning or taking his well-deserved break watching his favorite  vintage TV shows, movies, especially westerns and of course NASCAR.

In the last years of the 1990’s the start of his health battles began with lung issues followed a decade later with the start of heart related issues. None of these hurdles slowed him even the diagnosis of lymphoma

Spending the last years of his life fighting the hard battle with Leukemia cancer, a fight that he fully embraced head on, and was able to conquer in 2018 thanks to his exceptional treatment from both his doctors and care provided at Northwestern Hospital. Nothing stopped Randy, he kept winning and coming back again and again of every healthy encounter.

On April 10th this man so full of life and potential expectantly passed peacefully at home in his sleep after enjoying a day of work and a fun evening with family.

Randy Never lost his hope, dreams, spirit or love of life!

A loving Husband and Father Randy is Survived by his Wife Laura Nowak, the love of his life, whom he always said “You are my Angel in the dark, My Rock”. Two Sons: Corey (Jenell ) Nowak of Merrill WI and Ian Nowak of Cary, IL. Grandfather to Colton and Cutler Nowak.  Two almost as handsome brothers Rick (Deborah) Palatine, IL , Rodney Nowak. Vero Beach Fl, and a sister Rae Jean Kaatz , Hudson,WI. Nephews and Nieces Jason Nowak (Jessica Beauchemin), Becky (Jeffery) Phillips, Allison (Scott) Whitcomb, Jeff (Barb) Kaatz, Jane (Bob) Ropella, Jodie (Jim) Verbenke, Jamie (Jenny) Kaatz, Krista (Kieth) Waters.

Randy was known for his generous heart, kindness and unrelenting support of anyone in need. He shared a close unique bond with family, friends, and customers.  He will be deeply and sorrowfully missed by all as he became many peoples hero.

Randy Rest in Peace until we see you again!

A memorial service is being planned for late May at Randy's Automotive and Restoration in Lake Barrington.

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