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Randi Erica Durkheimer

(married name, Schreyer, maiden name, Underdahl)

October 23, 1959 – December 25, 2020

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After one last Christmas Eve spent with her husband, boys, crab cocktail, wine and a sparkling Christmas tree, Randi Durkheimer passed peacefully on her favorite holiday, Christmas Day. She was surrounded at her death by her husband, two sons and five siblings.

Randi was the consummate hostess and often the center of orbit at gatherings of family, friends or work events. She had fantastic taste and decisive instincts – the kind you can’t teach. She was remarkably outgoing yet authentic. She had a knack for making everyone feel welcome and cared for. We all relied on her, year after year, decade after decade, to be trusted counsel and a creator of memorable experiences – and she leaves behind so many for so many. She had a work ethic that inspired others, and an appetite for fun and relaxation that was always well earned. We will carry on her spirit when we go above and beyond for others, especially when not required or expected – the trait she embodied most.

Born in Portland, Ore., as the fifth daughter in a row, Randi had to hold on tight as she joined a large, athletic, outdoorsy family already in full motion. Her upbringing instilled a unique mix: part deep-rooted commitment to self-reliance and part fierce commitment to family. Like her sisters, she attended Riverdale Grade School, where her parents ran the ski school program. After graduating from Lake Oswego High School, her instinctive style and effortless, subtle nonconformity attracted attention. On August 21, 1977, The Oregonian photographed Randi for a solo profile on her confident fall fashion choices as a rising freshman: “[She] usually goes light on accessories, relying on pierced earrings to compliment her clothes and long, blonde hair. ‘I know a lot of girls are getting their hair cut now, but I’m going to keep mine long. I like it better that way,’ she said.” On being the first to choose the University of Washington, even when her close sisters and friends chose to stay in Oregon, Randi told the paper: “I wanted to do something different and have the challenge of meeting new people.”

Randi’s innate graciousness and grit first led her to success in radio advertising sales. Soon after, she dived into the golf tournament business with Jeff Sanders Promotions, where she thrived for 27 years producing premier golf and charity events until the end of her life. Despite her devotion to her career, she fiercely supported her husband, sons, stepchildren, extended family and friends. She also enjoyed many epic and extended vacations with her husband, children, sisters and friends. From South Africa taking a boat up past pirates and through the Gulf of Oman, to lounging in the lagoons of the remote islands of Tahiti, and then to China and its mystical karst mountains (in the midst of a trade war), she loved exotic, surreal adventure and was proud to have explored 55 countries in her life.

Even in her last months with her cancer advancing and complications mounting, Randi was strong, selfless, good spirited and the light in the room through the very end. She owned her own life, and her death. While she diligently pursued the best possible treatment and would have loved more time with us all, she was relieved to eventually be free from pain, and, when the end was obviously near, wanted (tongue-in-cheek) to “get this show on the road.” She was not afraid. She will be missed terribly by her large family, many close friends, and colleagues. She was so loved and so admired.

Randi was preceded by her mother and father, Audrey and Ken Underdahl. She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Fred Schreyer, her son Alec Durkheimer (who married Brooke Pohl at a small ceremony this September with Randi, as well as his father, John, in attendance), her son Michael Durkheimer (and 13-year significant other Paula Aranda), her stepdaughter Liz Schreyer (and recent fiancé Aubey Layno-Moses), her stepson Billy Schreyer, her five siblings Sally Chamberlain (Russ), Dana Nishitani (Tim), Louise Good Markland (Bob), Gretchen Wagner (Geoff), and Rees Underdahl (Carrie, who recently passed), and dozens more nieces, nephews, their significant others, their children, in-laws, extended family and decades-long close friends and colleagues.

Thank you for visiting Randi’s website. We ask that you submit written or video tributes, eulogies, and memories that will serve as a digital celebration for all of her friends, family and colleagues to enjoy and remember Randi’s beautiful life. Watch a Eulogy slideshow from her son, Alec, and see other pictures/memories of Randi below. We will likely have an in-person tribute to Randi’s life in the distant future when it is safe to have an inclusive and relaxed open house.

Written by Michael Durkheimer

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If you would like to submit a message directly to the family, or if you have a tribute, memory, photos or videos that you would like to share, please email Michael Durkheimer at durkheimer@gmail.com.

WATCH A EULOGY SLIDESHOW AND SEE MEMORIES FROM RANDI’S LIFE BELOW

Watch a Eulogy slideshow to Randi from her son, Alec

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Randi’s Boys

Read Alec’s 2011 tribute article to his mother, Randi, and watch Michael and Alec’s 2019 Mother’s Day video for Randi.

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Randi & Fred’s Wedding

In the summer of 2006, Randi married Fred Schreyer, her husband through the end of her life, at a small ceremony at their house in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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Randi on Recent Adventures with Friends and Family

Randi loved her friends and family. See photos and memories of Randi with friends and family in recent years.

If you have other photos that you do not see here, please send them to durkheimer@gmail.com so that we may post them here for all to enjoy.

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Randi at Work

Randi also loved her career and had lasting relationships with colleagues and clients. After a few years in radio advertising sales, Randi spent most of her career working in the golf tournament business with Jeff Sanders Promotions, where she thrived for 27 years producing premier golf and charity events until the end of her life.

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Randi at Alec’s Summer Wedding (2020)

Randi’s son, Alec, got married to Brooke Pohl in September at a small ceremony with Randi and close family in attendance. Watch the ceremony and view other pictures from the wedding.

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Randi’s Early Years

See great photos of Randi from perhaps before you knew her…

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Randi’s Christmas Memories

Randi loved Christmas and famously hosted many Christmas Eve parties for family and friends.

Please contact Michael Durkheimer at Durkheimer@gmail.com if you would like to post a tribute publicly or privately to the family. Thank you.