On the morning of Saturday, January 7, 2017, Rand passed away on his property in Lincoln, Montana, because of natural causes. Rand was 62 years old.
Rand Koerper was born in Great Falls, MT, on November 5, 1954. He was the oldest son of Rocky and Margery Koerper and brother to April (Buchholz).
During his childhood, Rand grew up in Kalispell, MT, and from there moved with his family to help run his father’s ranch in Denton, MT. He graduated from Denton High School in 1973.
After spending time logging in Washington, Rand moved back to Montana and his two sons, Gabriel and Benjamin, were born in Miles City. Rand raised his two sons in Rosebud as he worked as an equipment operator for Rosebud County. On October 20, 1990, Rand married Lin (Cory) Koerper and she became a mother to Gabe and Ben.
In 1993, Rand moved his family to Spring Creek, NV, to work at the Barrick Gold Strike mine. This move was in hopes to provide a better lifestyle for his family. While in Nevada, Rand, Lin, and their boys enjoyed being involved in basketball. Rand was proud that his boys played the sport he loved while giving him an opportunity to coach as well.
In 1999, Rand and Lin moved back to their home in Rosebud, MT. For a year, Rand worked hard to build on the Rosebud place. He fully enjoyed being a handyman and craftsman, doing all his own projects and construction.
In the following years, Rand worked as an equipment operator at the coal mines in Gillette, WY. During this time, he would spend his working days living in a fifth wheel camper in Gillette and traveling home to Rosebud, MT, on his days off. He continued to do this for over 12 years until he retired in 2016 and moved to his dream property in Lincoln, MT. Here, he spent his last days building a cabin.
Throughout Rand’s life, he was known by everyone for his genius to create and fix problems. He was a true artist and delved into bronzing, carving, drawing, carpentry/woodwork, welding, and working on old cars, just to name a few. He was very meticulous in everything he did.
Some of the fondest memories that Rand’s family cherished were going camping and fishing, and Rand’s passion for dog sledding. During the last 5 years, Rand loved to spend time with Gabe and Benny, archery hunting for elk in the Big Horn Mountains.
Rand was preceded in death by his father Neal “Rocky” Koerper and his mother Margery (Benz) Koerper. He is survived by his wife of 24 years Lin Koerper; his two sons Gabe (Julie) Koerper and Benny (Salina) Koerper. Rand is also survived by his sister April (Kelly) Buchholz and his 7 grandkids: Darren, Evan, Landon, Mason, Gabryella (Gabe and Julie) and Brettlinn and Porter (Ben and Salina).