Sutherlin accident victim loved music and the outdoors

Relatives of a Sutherlin man found dead Aug. 12 outside his wrecked pickup near Gassy Creek Road in the Mount Scott area say he will be remembered as a cowboy who loved the outdoors.

The body of Randall Lee Sifers, 54, was discovered by family members who spotted his vehicle in a gully off of Gassy Creek Road, about 7½ miles from Rock Creek Road, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Sifers’ family reported him missing on Aug. 11. Relatives said they hadn’t heard from him since Aug. 7, when they spoke to him over the phone, sheriff’s spokesman Dwes Hutson said.

It appeared his pickup left the road, rolled into the gully and Sifers was ejected, Hutson said.

“My sister and I are heartbroken over his loss,” Sifers’ sister, Glinda Sifers, said in an email. “He was so full of vitality and loved life so much. He could never have enough fun.”

Glinda Sifers said her brother was a “Christian, a beautiful person inside and out, a rugged guy and a friend to everyone.”

“He would have rather been outdoors than anywhere. His zeal for hunting was unreal,” she said.

She said her brother loved to ride and rope.

“Randy enjoyed going to the (National Finals Rodeo), local rodeos and helping the inexperienced riders out behind the chutes whenever possible,” she said.

He also had a passion for playing music, she said. He played the guitar.

“One of Randy’s most beloved things to do was to play music with his band, Randy’s Roughstock Country Band,” Glinda Sifers said. “Randy’s love for music was unmatched by anything or anyone else. Randy was a natural-born musician and would play music everywhere he went if given the opportunity.” His band members, Glinda Sifers said, “will miss him dearly.”

Randall Sifers retired because of medical reasons after owning several logging and mechanic businesses, and helping with his family’s bottled water business, his sister said. He was also a cattle rancher.

He is survived by her and another sister, Sharon Crites, and his three children, Cyndra Schmidt, Stacia Sifers and Cody Sifers.

Burial is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at Fair Oaks Cemetery. There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. that day at the Sutherlin Fraternal Order of Eagles.

• Reporter Jessica Prokop can be reached at 541-957-4209 and jprokop@nrtoday.com.


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