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Randy Charles Hollenbeck

56, passed away peacefully in his favorite chair at home in Big Bear City on Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, 2011.

Born Nov. 4, 1954, and raised in Pasadena, he moved to Big Bear in 1972, the place he loved most on earth.

He owned and operated Randy Hollenbeck's Paint-ing & Decorating until January 2006 when he fell from a ladder 25 feet landing on his stomach. He was flown to Loma Linda. He suffered a heart attack and massive internal injuries. He had massive abdominal bleeding. He had surgery to remove his right kidney, gall bladder and part of his large intestine. He required skin grafts to close his abdomen. He was in a coma on life support for a month and wasn't expected to live. Many of you prayed for him and visited him there. He had five surgeries in 15 days. After he woke up, he fought to learn how to breathe on his own, use his hands, talk, feed himself, walk and became known as the "miracle man" by doctors and hospital staff. He was able to return home after five months in rehab.

In 2007 he was diagnosed with end stage renal failure and began kidney dialysis three times a week in December.

He served as assistant pastor at Believer's Chapel from 2002 until his death. He was instrumental in helping many people maintain sobriety while leading his DARE and Overcomers groups.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, daughter Sarah, mother Juanita, sister Laura, brother Michael, niece Melissa, nephews Michael, Matthew and Mark, brother David, sister-in-law Holly, nephew D.J. and niece Brittnay, as well as many more relatives in Southern California.

Randy's memorial service was held Sat., Nov. 12, 2011, at Believer's Chapel in Big Bear Lake.

"Big Bear Grizzly"  Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 9:43 am

Randy Charles Hollenbeck

56, passed Nov. 1, 2011. Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Believer's Chapel, Big Bear Lake.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:00 am

Submitted by: Peggy Hooper