Randy Novakovich

Randy Novakovich passed away Feb. 21, 2013. He was born Feb. 7, 1948 in Sheridan, Wyoming. He and his family moved to Spokane when he was three-years-old and then to Colville in the summer of 1961.He quickly settled into life, enjoying the city park and pool and Junior High School. He was a superior athlete competing at Colville High School: football (two years as a member of undefeated CHS teams), basketball, the state tournament team and track participation in the Class A State meet in 1966. Randy graduated from Colville High in 1966, and went to Colorado State University on a football scholarship. He attended college until the early 70s, and then went to work as an Engineering Tech for the state. Life as an Engineering Tech along the county road certainly did not fit Randy, and when the Alaska pipeline called in the mid-70s, he was gone and spent the next 25 five years working above the Arctic Circle, and along the pipeline from construction through maintenance. His usual work schedule was six months on, working seven twelves, and then he was off to see the world. When he was broke and headed back to Alaska, we all would hear from him. His travels sent him from Baja to Costa Rica, and all across Mexico. Then the year-long classic adventure: Volkswagen bus across Europe from Amsterdam to London and on to Croatia, locating and living with his father’s family of origin. It was back on the road to new and exciting places and people; eventually, it was back to Alaska to save for the next journey. The second big journey in life took him to Australia and New Zealand to visit an old friend from 10 years prior that he had met in London. He liked it so well there that he made three additional trips back to Australia, stopping along the way in Hawaii to work for a couple months and then it was back on the road. The end of the road always seemed like the Colville/Spokane area to visit friends and family and share experiences before he was off again. Randy eventually left Alaska, bought a motor home, moved back to the Northwest and went to work for the Federal Highway Commission/Department of Transportation, building roads in National Parks and Scenic By-Ways. His many stops on that tour included Yellowstone, Denali, and Mt. Rainier, Stevens Pass, White Pass, and many other beautiful locations around the West. We will miss Randy; he was a wanderlust, that out Kerouaced , Jack Kerouac of “On The Road,” a child of the universe, a great friend, a gentle giant and a gentleman that made Tim Leary and The Merry Pranksters in their Magic Bus look like a bunch of “pikers.”. He had a wonderful way of knowing when things were not right with people and had a special way of pulling you out of a hole with a big smile and saying, “Come on,” we are going to go do something.” We will all miss you “Big Guy.” Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Marie Novakovich. He is survived by his brother, Mike Novakovich (Sandy); sister, Linda Kane (Jim); his Nephews, Joe Kane, Chad and Brian Novakovich and niece Kelly Moorman. He leaves behind his good friends Brad and Chris and many others. At his request, there will be no funeral service. At his request, an informalinformal gathering of his loved ones will be held on March 3.