Randy Brinkert (aka 'Bert', Pops) of Kalamazoo passed away quietly at home with his family by his side on April 19, 2023 at the age of 63 following a courageous battle with cancer. Randy was born August 13, 1959 in Kalamazoo, son of the late Ronald Brinkert and Jean (Nufer) Brinkert Robinson. On June 6, 1987 he married the former Elaine Ouding in Kalamazoo. Randy was employed for several years as a semi trailer mechanic for Ralph Moyle Inc. until his retirement in 2022. In 2007 in Lansing, Randy was named Maintenance Man of the Year by the MTA for his dedication to ensure that each trailer that came through his shop was up to the highest safety standards on the road. He and Elaine enjoyed spending time in Charlevoix looking for Petoskey stones, rooting for the Minnesota Vikings with their sons on Sunday, watching the races at Galesburg Speedway, and most of all going to the local car shows with his 1973 Nova (which he always made sure to mention had a factory sky roof).