Randy Leon Ches
May 28, 1969 - Mar 10, 2019
Randy passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, March 10, from a massive stroke, two months before his 50th birthday. Randy was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. He lived in Sacramento most of his life, graduating from Foothill High School in 1987. He was a licensed Private Investigator and worked as Director of Operations for RCI Associates, a Threat Management Company. Randy was a true friend and was always the life of the party. He was loved by everyone that knew him. He is preceded in death by his mother, Monique Ches. He is survived by his two sons, Jackson-18 and Dominic-17, (and their mother, Heather Barnes) his father, Ricco Ches and his wife, Susan, and many other family members that he loved and treasured. His celebration of life will be held Sunday, March 24 at 1:00pm at East Lawn Mortuary on Greenback Lane. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations of love be made to the college funds set up for his sons at Patelco Credit Union. Jackson–acct. 918416-15 and Dominic–acct. 918418-15
Randy Leon Ches
Born: May 28, 1969
Where: Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, South Dakota
Mother: Monique Yvette (Dufour) Ches
Father: Richard “Ricco” Ches
Brother: Rick R. Ches
Sons: Jackson Leon Ches – 18
Dominic Santino Ches – 17
Profession: Licensed Private Investigator (21 years)
Currently: Director of Operations, RCI Associates, Inc.
Hobbies: Avid Bowler, Golfer, Skier, all Sports & Movies
Favorite Teams: Detroit Lions, Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings, and University of Michigan
Randy’s two sons were his life! He did everything to make them happy and raised them extremely well with his ex-wife Heather, his “sister” Meghan, grandparents and other close family members and friends.
By no fault of his own, Randy was a world traveler, as his father was a 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran. Conceived in Germany, Randy was born at Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City South Dakota in May 1969. Baptized Catholic in Detroit, Randy lived there with his mother and brother while his dad spent the next year of his life in Viet Nam. Coming home in March of 1971, Randy was almost two years old and took a bit to get to know his dad again.
The family all headed to Marin County, California to a new Air Rescue unit was formed at Hamilton AFB for a quick year, and then off to the Philippines in April 1972, for four years. Randy had the time of his young life there. Learning to swim, play basketball and football. He had great hands even at 3-4 years old. That boy could catch a football or baseball. While in the Philippines we made two trips to Bangkok, Thailand on vacation.
Randy’s stay in the Philippines got cut short as dad and the family were reassigned to McClellan AFB, Sacramento to take a promotion. At 13, Randy travelled to Germany and France to visit his “Grand-Pere” Leon, “Grand-Mere” Yvette and Uncle Michael for the first time. We stayed 6-weeks and had a great time playing with his new French friends. His new grandparents spoiled him.
Randy was a great soccer player. His slide-tackles were clean and effective. He made it worthwhile standing in the rain watching him play on cold Saturday mornings in October/November, when I could be in a warm house watching Notre Dame play Michigan State. I’ll always remember those great times.
I had the pleasure of coaching Randy and his friends like Brad long and Herb Smith on the 7th & 8th grade recreation basketball League. We were Foothill Farms Falcons, and played against North Highlands and other local schools. As a small guard, he could hit the 3-point shot from about anywhere. And was a good defender. In two and a half years, we may have lost 2 or 3 games. The team was made up from those that couldn’t make the Foothill Farms Junior High teams. But we had a lot of fun. And he made me proud.
Randy played Pop Warner Football when he was 11-12 years old. Of course, he was a “wide receiver” (great hands) on those Highland Packers teams. As one of the defensive coaches, I had time to watch him catch at least long 2 Touchdown Passes during the season. A thrill I’ll never forget. Once again, I was so proud of that little guy with a big heart. We still have the pictures.
Foothill High School was fun with good grades and NO car crashes. Highlighted by a family trip to Honolulu when he was 17, I had been with Richmond PD for over a year, and at 42 still in good shape. We were great buddies on that trip. Playing beach volleyball, body surfing and parasailing. Together we even saved a young newlywed’s life, as her new husband left her behind to swim beyond the safety buoys. She got pulled out, over her head beyond the marker by the current. We heard her cries for help and both swam out to her getting to her before the Life Guard. We were thanked, and husband was scolded by the Life Guard. When we got back to shore, Randy’s mom, who saw the whole event, accused us of once again, “just showing off”. WHAT!
His enormous work ethic continued after high school and into manhood. His word was his bond. If he called you friend, you were a fried for life (right Robert, Brad and Tammy?) and there were many more. Randy always had fun. The party didn’t start until he got there. He was “The life of the party.”
In 1997, the company I managed had a need for an honest and hardworking investigator. At the time Randy was working for a dental instrument factory as office manager for 5 years. A very steady job. When one of my managers suggested we train Randy for the job, I remember saying, “Oh no, I am not going home to tell his mother that we want Randy to quit his steady job and come on with us to embark on a new career!” She was a “one in the hand person, not two in the bush.” But I talked her into it. I guaranteed her it was the best move for him, and of course Randy wanted to work with his dad. So, trained by Randy Biglow and Dan Leitner and myself, THE REST IS HISTORY! He took the State PI test and passed his first time. He became the best! Better than his “teacher”. Better at Sub-Rosa surveillance then his dad (former homicide detective) and got many felony-fraud filings from the video he obtained.
Over the past 21 years Randy has worked with scores of retired cops and detectives from Bay Area departments. Some even worked with me at Richmond PD. All liked and respected Randy for the way he directs those resources, and treats all people with dignity and respect. I’ll bet many will be here today for his Celebration of Life. To Meghan (the sister he never had) and Ryan, thank you for treating him like a brother. He loved you and your family so much.
To Jackson and Dominic, now and in the coming years you will hear funny stories about him and his character. ALL GOOD! You will know your dad was a good and humble man. A fair man to all people, a loving father to you both. And a loving son to me and GMa (Mama Sue). He was the first one to welcome her to the Ches family. She and I will never forget that. Randy loved his new half of the blended family. Getting close with Sarah and Rudy (fun and party buddies), Aaron, Annie and daughters Ava, Charlotte and Luciana, and Josh the scholar
Boo, I will always love you. You are my #1 Son.