Randall Scott VanderWal

Randall Scott VanderWal

May 17, 1963 – February 7, 2020

Randy was born May 17, 1963, in Pipestone, Minnesota. Randy spent most of his childhood in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and after high school earned an Associate’s Degree in Heating and Refrigeration from Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska. In 1990, he helped start a wholesaling company in the Heating and Air industry, Omaha Winair. From 1998 on, he served as President and successfully grew and expanded the company over the years, working hard to establish it as a respected leader in Omaha and the surrounding areas.

Randy loved to snow ski, and looked forward to trips to Colorado every winter with his longtime friends from Nebraska City. In later years, he shared his love of the sport with his wife and kids, enjoying several more trips to the Rockies, not only skiing, but biking, hiking, snowmobiling, and white water rafting. Randy was also an accomplished slalom water-skier, and spent many summers with friends boating. In later years he enjoyed teaching his kids and many of their friends how to water ski at the family’s lake house at Lake Waconda. He loved spending time at the lake, and took great pride in completely remodeling the house from the inside out. Whether he was driving around in the golf cart he customized, taking the kids and their friends tubing, swimming off the dock, or just sitting back relaxing with family and friends on the deck, Randy was in his element.

Randy was a skilled woodworker, and loved to build and spend time in his garage workshop. He worked on everything from furniture to cars and of course his one-of-a-kind vintage water ski Adirondack chairs. He also loved music, and was an avid collector of vinyl records and vintage stereo equipment.

Randy loved vintage autos, and over the years enjoyed owning antique Corvettes, his old Ford Bronco, and his most recent treasure, a Jeep CJ-7. On any given sunny day, you could find Randy driving around town in his beloved Jeep with the top off and windshield down.

Randy valiantly fought colon cancer since his diagnosis in 2016, and worked hard to enjoy all life had to offer and complete his bucket list, including several trips with his family and friends.

Randy is survived by his wife, Allison; son, Nick; daughter, Maddy; sister, Laurie VanderWal; stepfather, Earl Price; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Price.

Family will receive friends Friday, February 14, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the West Center Chapel. Celebration of Life: Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church (15005 Q Street) Saturday, February 15, 2020,10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to the family for an educational fund for Randy’s children, Nick and Maddy.


  • Sandi Clark Posted February 9, 2020 5:24 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for all of you. May all your memories give you comfort. God Bless!

  • Chris Refsland Posted February 10, 2020 3:03 pm

    I’m sorry for your Loss. I have worked with Randy as a Rep for many years. He will be greatly missed.

  • Colleen Barrett Posted February 12, 2020 1:18 pm

    My sympathy to you. I have known the VanderWal family for a long time. Randy was a cute little underclassman and am glad he enjoyed his life.

  • Kristen Aylward Posted February 14, 2020 10:38 pm

    Remember Randy as the younger brother of my dear friend at that time, his older sister Laurie, and am saddened to hear of his struggle and his passing.. my heartfelt condolences to all who knew him, loved him and cared for him.

  • Marshall Larson Posted December 20, 2021 10:59 am

    Just heard of Randy’s passing. Randy and I were best friends during the time I lived in Nebraska City. We went to school together from 2nd through 6 grade. I find it interesting that we shared so many of the same hobbies. I too have restored my house love woodworking and have a old Corvette and a couple other vintage cars. I live on a lake and love boating. I started a local Computer company and ran that for 25 years. So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing and my condolences to his family.

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