ARNOLD, MO. (KPLR) – An annual tradition in Arnold included a special moment for the family of Randy Crisler. Crisler was a popular council member who passed away at the age of 38 earlier this month.
The annual Arnold Days parade traveled along Jeffco Boulevard Sunday with a special tribute for Crisler’s family. The world famous Clydesdales passed by the family with the mayor of Arnold at the helm.
At that moment, family and friends released balloons to the sky. Crisler left behind a wife, Nancy Crisler, and three children.
“That was a very special moment for me,” said Nancy Crisler.
Dylan’s Sports Bar & Grill held a fundraiser for the family as the parade passed by. Owner Eric Gaffron said Randy Crisler stood out when it came to elected officials.
“He wasn’t left. He wasn’t right. He was what was right, “said Gaffron. He said Randy Crisler was not about winning or losing but rather representing the people of Arnold in the best possible way.
“If he had a belief in something and felt 100 percent behind it there was no stopping him,” said Nancy Crisler. “He was just an amazing individual.”
Friends say Crisler first ran for office when talk about a smoking ban surfaced in Arnold. He was a bartender and was worried about the economic impact of a smoking ban on bar and restaurant workers.
“He was a giant teddy bear,” said neighbor Kelly Shackelford. A number of neighbors still have signs in the yard encouraging residents to support Crisler’s family.
“Randy was a big voice for the city of Arnold so we want to be a voice for him,” explained Shackelford.
Nancy Crisler said seeing those signs when she drives by has brought her to tears.
“But they are happy tears,” said Nancy Crisler. “I have a great neighborhood. My family, my friends are wonderful and very supportive.”
Friends of the family are holding two more fundraisers. The Randy Crisler Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, September 29th at the Pomme Creek Golf Course in Arnold. Call 314-556-9175 or 636-575-1230 for more information. The tournament is a 4 person scramble. Food, soda and water will be provided.
The Randy Crisler Memorial Benefit will be held Saturday, October 26th at the Elks Lodge in Imperial, Mo. Music will be donated by the Rickster. Food, beer and soda will be provided. There will be a 50/50 drawing, silent auction, live auction and gift baskets forraffle.