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Rand Nellist

Rand Nellist

June 10, 1968 — December 29, 2021

Rand Nellist of Liberty, Missouri, left us too soon and unexpectedly from the comfort of home. Because he was an organized, detail-oriented type of guy, we feel the need to be precise. He passed exactly at 4:35 p.m., on December 29th, just four days after celebrating Christmas with Kim, his soulmate and wife, and their extended family. As it was on this perfect night and countless others before it, Rand found a way to bring people together and, through his humor and quirky wit, make everyone feel loved and cherished. Rand packed a lot of life into his 53 years and somehow was both young at heart and wise beyond his years at the same time.

He was born on June 10, 1968 in Moline, Illinois and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he attended South Omaha High School. He later graduated and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix and has a couple of framed diplomas to prove it. Funny enough, this beautiful, bald man started his career as a hairdresser before moving into outside beauty supply sales. This is undoubtedly where his lifelong love for proper grooming originated, but way more importantly, this is how he met Kim, also a hairdresser, while on a convention business trip in New York. Much more on her soon, but as careers go, for the past 13 years, Rand worked as a Senior Project Manager at Continental Disk Corporation, a place where he excelled, and that is filled with people he truly enjoyed.

Little-known fact – as a kid he lost the use of one of his eyes in a car accident. We only bring this up because it never kept him (or his good eye) down. The man literally went on to earn his pilot license. Like flying, he turned all his hobbies into passions: collecting guitars (mostly Fenders), big boy toys and a bunch of other stuff his wife now must organize. Most of all, what Rand really loved to collect was memories with Kim – a tough, independent gal he made a little softer. They were married on October 15, 2000, a more perfectly balanced couple you won’t find. He liked Van Halen, the Eagles and Little River Band. She liked Lionel Richie. He a risk-taker and adventurer - she a little more grounded, but happy to go along for the ride. Together they traveled, camped, drove the back roads and never ran out of things to talk about. Kim and Rand were just getting started, but zero regrets.

Survivors include his wife Kim Nellist of the home, father David Nellist of Omaha, father-in-law Russell Hays of Kansas City, sisters Kare Nellist of Omaha and Lynda Mallott (Michael) of Odessa, daughters Andrea Gaage (Mike) and Autumn Chambers (Bobby) both of Grain Valley, and nieces and nephews Skylar, Brennan, Meadow, Dylan, Gabby and Henley. In a fitting final act, Rand chose to be an organ donor, saving and improving the lives of others. His family and friends are proud of him and will miss him dearly.

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Rand Nellist of Liberty, Missouri, left us too soon and unexpectedly from the comfort of home. Because he was an organized, detail-oriented type of guy, we feel the need to be precise. He passed exactly at 4:35 p.m., on December 29th, just four days after celebrating Christmas with Kim, his soulmate and wife, and their extended family. As it was on this perfect night and countless others before it, Rand found a way to bring people together and, through his humor and quirky wit, make everyone feel loved and cherished. Rand packed a lot of life into his 53 years and somehow was both young at heart and wise beyond his years at the same time.

He was born on June 10, 1968 in Moline, Illinois and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he attended South Omaha High School. He later graduated and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix and has a couple of framed diplomas to prove it. Funny enough, this beautiful, bald man started his career as a hairdresser before moving into outside beauty supply sales. This is undoubtedly where his lifelong love for proper grooming originated, but way more importantly, this is how he met Kim, also a hairdresser, while on a convention business trip in New York. Much more on her soon, but as careers go, for the past 13 years, Rand worked as a Senior Project Manager at Continental Disk Corporation, a place where he excelled, and that is filled with people he truly enjoyed.

Little-known fact – as a kid he lost the use of one of his eyes in a car accident. We only bring this up because it never kept him (or his good eye) down. The man literally went on to earn his pilot license. Like flying, he turned all his hobbies into passions: collecting guitars (mostly Fenders), big boy toys and a bunch of other stuff his wife now must organize. Most of all, what Rand really loved to collect was memories with Kim – a tough, independent gal he made a little softer. They were married on October 15, 2000, a more perfectly balanced couple you won’t find. He liked Van Halen, the Eagles and Little River Band. She liked Lionel Richie. He a risk-taker and adventurer – she a little more grounded, but happy to go along for the ride. Together they traveled, camped, drove the back roads and never ran out of things to talk about. Kim and Rand were just getting started, but zero regrets.

Survivors include his wife Kim Nellist of the home, father David Nellist of Omaha, father-in-law Russell Hays of Kansas City, sisters Kare Nellist of Omaha and Lynda Mallott (Michael) of Odessa, daughters Andrea Gaage (Mike) and Autumn Chambers (Bobby) both of Grain Valley, and nieces and nephews Skylar, Brennan, Meadow, Dylan, Gabby and Henley. In a fitting final act, Rand chose to be an organ donor, saving and improving the lives of others. His family and friends are proud of him and will miss him dearly.

Rand Nellist's Guestbook

You always had a kind word even when we were growing up. You truly were a wonderful man! May you rest in peace knowing how many people loved and respected you!

Peter Spagnotti and Tena Rodgers

Cheers to a life well lived. You will be missed.

Candice Adams

There are just no words my friend, I will miss you everyday. Thank you for teaching me, sharing with me, and making the world a better place!! I was fortunate to call you friend. You pushed me to be my best, to be better than my best......there is an empty spot where you used to be. Until another time.........

Carla Thomas

Kim I am so grateful to have had the last 2 years to get to know Rand. I consider myself blessed to be able to call him my friend. He was an amazing and talented man. His zest for life was contagious. I loved listening to his many stories about his adventures and life with you. He was my go to for all questions CDC! He was an intricate part of our CDC family and had such a wealth of knowledge. To say he will be missed is a vast understatement. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Melanie Eggert

I am very sorry for your loss. Rand was a good colleague and friend. I will miss him.

Darren Heyka

Kim & Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I want to express our deepest sympathies to you and your family. He was a wonderful colleague and he will be greatly missed by all of us. May his soul rest in peace.

Mamta Todkar

Kim, so sorry to hear about Rand.I know you two loved each other very much. Even though we only saw you two once or twice a year at Continental's Christmas parties and picnics, we considered you both as friends. Rand was a special person and we are shocked and saddened to hear this. Our condolences, Mike and Chris Stoebick.

Chris Stoebick

Kim I worked with Rand in Sales and valued his opinion and help that he gave me every day. I knew I could always depend on Rand for the right answer to my question or to help fix any issue I had. I considered him my friend as well as a fellow Husker Nation family. I will miss him dearly and will always think when I go to Liberty that I am in Rand's town. I am sorry for your loss.

Kevin Leber

My last conversation with Rand helped me tremendously with the loss of vision in one of my eyes. He was encouraging, helpful, and a huge loss to his family and friends.

Tom Kaleta

Rand, I did not have a daily contact with you at work but every time I came in contact with you, you were always a down to earth gentleman. I now regret not having more water cooler times. I can tell you were much loved, and will be extremely missed. Thank you for making Cont. Disc a welcoming place. I wish strength and comfort for your family during this difficult time. Gary Calles

Gary Calles – Continental Disc

Rand, in spite of our age difference, we did have a lot in common. I did enjoy our almost daily conversations, and our exchange of ideas and thoughts. You will be missed my Friend. Kim I do not need to tell you what kind of man Rand was. I do know, and can tell you, all that knew Rand were more the richer for his Freindship.

David McNair

Sending loving thoughts and prayers to the Nellist family from his many friends and colleagues at Continental Disc Corporation. Rand was respected, admired, well liked, and will be dearly missed.

Karen Greig

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. I only know you from State Beauty but just our short conversations in there I knew how much you two love each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you sweet lady. - Love Mandy

Mandy Lewis

See you later my friend.

Steve Eckstein

My Beloved “French Fry”…. Oh, how I wish I could tell you “thanks” just one more time. You & Sammy changed the life of this geeky girl. Love you—always. Kim & Family: You have had Gem amongst your Tribe, and I know his light will continue to shine! Peace & Love in the Sure knowledge of The Resurrection!

Maria Walinski

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