Randolph W. Shotwell

July 4, 1941 - February 6, 2008

07/04/1941 - 02/06/2008

Past Services

Saturday February 09, 2008
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Sunday February 10, 2008
2:00 pm
Oak Grove United Methodist Church
1109 Aylor Road
Madison, VA 22727
540-923-4721 | Directions

Randolph Wayland Shotwell , 66, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed into eternity on February 6, 2008. He was born on July 4, 1941, to the late Stonewall and Virginia Shotwell of Madison, VA. He was a graduate of Madison High School, the University of Richmond, and acquired his Masters in Public Health Administration at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He was a proud alumni of SAE Fraternity, a past member of the Touchdown Club of Washington DC, the American of Public Health Association and a member of Linn Banks Masonic Lodge No. 126, AF & AM of Madison, VA. He was awarded the National Defense Medal for his service in the Vietnam Conflict by the Madison Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy.

He was a Captain in the US Army Medical Service Corps and served a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-1970, receiving the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. After discharge, he started his health care consulting career in Washington DC and later formed Shotwell-Anderson, Inc., where he planned and managed projects for over 200 hospitals and medical centers; RWS International Inc.; and Modulae. In addition, he continued his professional career with architectural engineering firms and health care facilities. After moving to Virginia Beach, he entered the property management field.

He will be loved and remembered by his wife of 44 years, Diane Proctor Shotwell; daughter Samantha Shotwell-Wright; son Randolph Wayland Shotwell II; grandsons William and James Wright, and Josef Levi Shotwell; sisters Ann Ripley and husband Phil, Judy Reed and husband Don, and brother Henry Laurence Shotwell and wife Peggy, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, neighbor, colleague and friend and he never met a stranger. To know him was to love him. He will be missed by all.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Saturday, February 9th at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, VA Beach, VA 23462. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 10th, at 2:00 PM at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1109 Aylor Road, Madison VA 22727, with interment following in the Oak Grove Church Cemetery. Following the service a time for Fellowship will be held at the church.

Randy was a member of the Bayside Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, where he contributed his time and talents. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bayside Baptist Church Building Fund, 1920 Pleasure House Road, Virginia Beach VA 23455. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.

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Stewart Lee Shotwell
8 years ago

Dear Diane:

I remember the interest you and Randy took in my parents,Mary and Clarence Shotell and your association with Columbia Baptist.

Stonwall tought me much about the Shotwell history. Stewart

Barbara and Paul Blakeman and Ron Wilbur
8 years ago

Dear Sam,

Please know that you, your mom and brother are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We are so sorry your dad has moved on, but there is so much of him that is also a part of you for all of us to continue to enjoy!

We love you.

Jackie Mollenauer
8 years ago

Dearest Diane and family,

My heart breaks for you at this terribly painful time in your lives, but I’ve no doubt that Randy is with you in many ways and yet still in heaven. His brand of humor and love of friends and family were highly valued qualities of his, as so wonderfully depicted in the tribute that you have shared with us. I wish I’d known him better. Please know that my thoughts and prayers truly are with you all.

Much love to you,


Judy Barnes
8 years ago

Diane and family, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. Randy was such a special man. He was always quick with a humorous story and he could make a cloudy day burst with sunlight! His bubbly smile and infectuous laughter will remain in my memory forever! I am so glad that I got to know Randy and Diane again after his old college roommate moved back to VA my brother. Thanks for the memories dear Randy!

Leonor Rueda
8 years ago

Diane and family, we are really sorry for your loss. Randy was a like a father for us and a good friend; We owe him so much! He helped us to be were we are now. He was fun and caring and he will always have a place in our hearts.

Love you all..

Mary Roberts Shapiro
8 years ago

Diane, many years have passed since we were neighbors in Chapel Hill, but I was so saddened to hear of Randy’s death in the UNC newsletter. This is such a loss to you and your family. Randy was always fun to be with and would do anything to help a friend.

Virginia Evans
8 years ago

Diane, Our deepest sympathy to you

and your family. Randy was a great guy, always smiling and happy. We always enjoyed being with the two of you sharing good food and fellowship at Frank and Selena’s. He truly was unique. We will miss him but never forget him. May God hold you close and keep you in His comfort at this time of sorrow.

Our prayers and love to you.

Dewey and Virginia Ann Evans

June Spencer-Francis
8 years ago

Diane, Sam and Wayland: I just learned of this news through Wendell, and this is such a shock. Know that our hearts in Wilmington go out to each of you and your extended family members. Life and each day is precious. Know that we will be keeping each of you in our prayers. Love, June,Brad and Mae Spencer

The Horton's
8 years ago

Diane, Sam, and Wayland,

We were so sorry to hear about Randy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Frances, Wilson, Valrie and Trey

Sandee Furlow
8 years ago

Diane, Samantha & Wayland – I know it sounds a little weak, but your loss is Heaven’s gain. Randy Shotwell was one of my very favorite folks in the whole world, I loved him very much and I will miss him terribly, especially at Cowboy time. Although it was almost 20 years ago, I have very special memories of Randy and you, Diane. His sense of humor was so very unique and his story-telling ofen made me wonder how you could put up with him all those years!!! You are in my prayers in hoping that your grief time is short lived – taken over by your thousands of happy memories.

How ’bout them Cowboys!!!

Sandee Furlow

Charles C. Franklin
8 years ago

Diane, Samantha and Wayland I am deeply saddened by our loss. I will miss the sound of his voice calling me “Hey Charlie” with affection. He was like a big brother when were together. A truly lovable man and smart! Please accept my sincerely condolences I will truly miss him.

Beverly S. Vandevort
8 years ago

Diane,Samantha and Wayland. My condolences to all of you and I wish to express how glad I am that he was in our presence New Years Eve and that he was just a fun loving, family loving, humorous kind of guy. I will always remember his piano playing at our gatherings.He will be missed!

Bev Sonday Vandevort

Stephen Heller

Virginia Hall
8 years ago

First, I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Randy’s family and friends as they mourn their beloved husband, father, father in law and grandfather. He achieved much in his life as I read his OBIT but I want to share with the family the image I have of him as a very young man. He was a member of a swing/rock band with some other local young men and played the saxophone brilliantly. I attended as many of the dances as I could with my late husband Bill and was always thrilled as Randy in sun glases would really put his “all” into a musical number. Memories cannot be taken away from us!

Happy Krickovic
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your family’s devastating loss. I know you will all miss him terribly. We will be thinking about you and praying for you as you go through this difficult time. Take care–The Krickovic Family

Reynold and Judy Auckenthaler
8 years ago

I just read the Madison Eagle and learned of Randy’s death. We send our condolences and prayers. What a blessing that all of you visited this summer and we had the opportunity to visit with Randy and hear the stories of the old homestead.

I enjoyed the video of him and the picture in the driveway of our shared home! It is obvious he was greatly loved. We look forward to visiting Randy in heaven and asking all the questions he promised to answer.

Marc Weiss
8 years ago

It was with great sadness that I learned of Randy’s passing. He had the unique gift of turning strangers into fast friends. I always enjoyed the time I spent with him, knowing that I would always walk away with a smile. My thought and prayers are with his family.

Kent Ripley
8 years ago

It was with great sadness that we learned of Randy’s passing. Our condolences go out to Diane and his family, especially his siblings Ann, Judy and Larry, who I remember being a very close knit family and very close to Randy. All the Shotwells always made me feel welcome in their home in Criglersville, VA.

You are all in our prayers.


the West Coast Ripleys:

Kent & Kathie Ripley – Granite Bay, CA

Wendi, Josh, Kevin & Angela Todt – Rohnert Park, CA

Christina, Andy & Cameron Kurtz – Orangevale, CA

8 years ago



Frank & Selena Collins
8 years ago

Randy was unique and we will not see his kind again. He was my best and oldest friend and a great help in our life. We miss him very much.

Our deepest condolences to Diane and family.

Stella Blocker
8 years ago

Sam, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I’ll always remember his great laugh and big heart. Love you tons. Let me know how you’re doing and how to get in touch with your Mom. Would love to send her a note, too. She was always so good to me. Keep in touch. Big love, Stella

Lisa Pannell-Kuhnley
8 years ago

Samantha & family,

I enjoyed reading about how much your dad was loved, and what a wonderful person he was. I wish I had known him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I just finished reading a book called “90 Minutes in Heaven”. If you have not read it, you should pick it up, it would give you great comfort at this time. From the man, I hear your dad was, it sounds like he is definitely rejoicing in heaven right now. Love always, Lisa

Mary C. Vailati
8 years ago

So sorry to hear about Randy. My thoughts are with his family and Nana. Mary

Nancy H. Knighting
8 years ago

We were so sorry to hear of Randy’s death. I went to school with Randy and all of his family. His parents were dear friends of the Knighting & Hawkins families. You all will be in our prayers.

John & Nancy Hawkins Knighting

Marie Knighting

Joyce Knighting Haney

Anne-Marie & Michael Schmidt
8 years ago

We were so sorry to hear the sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.