JOHNSON CREEK – Randall “Randy” R. Schopen, 61, of Johnson Creek, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. 

He was born on Oct. 16, 1950, in Fort Atkinson, son of Ernest and Norma (Rumary) Schopen.

Randy was the owner of Capn’s Steakhouse and Saloon in Fort Atkinson, Capn’s Catering in Whitewater and Johnson Creek, Aranda Pickled Mushrooms, and the owner of the former Capn’s Corner in Jefferson.

Randy was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

He attended St. Lawrence Catholic grade school and graduated from Jefferson High school in 1969.

He was an active and vital part of many communities in Jefferson County.

Well known for his willingness to serve countless organizations when it came to fundraising, Randy has touched countless lives.

Randy served as the past-president of the Jefferson County Tavern League, was a founding member and on the Board of Directors of Tomorrow’s Hope, and held fish fries for the Fort Atkinson Relay for Life and Johnson Creek Fest.

He was a big supporter of the Jefferson Blue Devils, Jefferson County Snowmobile Alliance, Sno-Hawks Snowmobile Club, Watertown Elks Club, Fort Atkinson and Jefferson Chambers of Commerce, Wisconsin Vietnam War Memorial, Knights of Columbus, Tomorrow’s Hope, University of Wisconsin Athletics, high school athletics, the local food pantries, Pheasants Forever, the state and county fair, state and county 4-H programs, Jefferson 3-mile ATV Club, and sponsored numerous athletic teams, among many others.

Randy was named the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Ray O. Fischer Outstanding Citizen in 2001 and the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce Small Businessperson of the Year in 2011.

He will be deeply missed by his mother, Norma of Jefferson; sister, Shari Weber of Janesville; brother, Greg Schopen of Mineral Point; niece, Angela (Jeff) Kober of Cambridge; nephews, Christopher (Suzanne) Weber of Menomonee Falls, Josh Weber of Verona, Andrew (Angela) Weber of Johnson Creek, Damon Schopen of Hartford and Dashal Schopen of Mineral Point; and great-nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest, and brother-in-law, John Weber.

A memorial mass will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson, with the Rev. Thomas Coyle officiating.

A gathering time will be held at the church on Thursday, from 2 p.m. until the time of mass.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express sympathies through a memorial in Randy‘s name may direct them to the newly-created Randy Schopen Memorial Foundation,410 Olson Court, Mineral Point, WI 53565.

The Schneider Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at

“How could one person make such an impact on others in 61 short years. Randy stories will live forever.”