It is with great sadness that I left you on December 11, 2022. I was given the gift of life, and I had to give it back. This was hard. But I was a very lucky man, and for this I am grateful. Although my cancer was incompatible with life, I was not prepared or ready to go. There was still so much I wanted to do.
I wanted to grow older with my best friend and love of my life, Linda. She is responsible for my love of cats, Elvis and Corvettes. I wanted to go to more car shows and cruise ins with her and all of our special car show friends.
My name is Randy Sarlo. My parents were Carl and Vada Sarlo who gave me life on August 16, 1946. The journey began in Oak Park with my younger brother, Larry, and continued on to Downers Grove. After graduating from high school in 1964, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp from 1964-1968. I was a Vietnam veteran.
I earned a B.S. Degree from Illinois State University and an M.S. in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. My 31 years of teaching included DeLand-Weldon, Winnebago, Stillman Valley and Hononegah High Schools, where I retired in 2006.
I am survived by my wife, Linda Sarlo of Loves Park and mother, Vada Sarlo of Sarasota, FL. Predeceased by my father, Carl Sarlo and brother, Larry Sarlo.
Oh those Cubs! I was so excited when they won the World Series.
Cancer certainly challenges a person, his family and friends. It also gives you a chance to think about what is really important. Thank you to my family and friends who have celebrated life with me. What a gift.
Thank you to my chosen family, car show friends, Hononegah family, Lambda Chi Brothers, Vietnam Brothers and Marine Brothers. Your prayers, support, hugs and laughter kept me going.
Thank you to Dr. Korkmaz, all the fantastic nurses and staff who helped me, Dr. Shaukat and Andrew, whose smile greeted us at the door at OSF Patricia D. Pepe Center for Cancer Care.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. I wanted a party so you can tell stories and laugh together. Semper Fi...