Wichita couple honored posthumously

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WICHITA, Kansas— Interfaith Ministries’ Humanitarian Awards will pay tribute to unsung heroes in Kansas Thursday night, and for the first time, a Wichita couple will be honored after their death.

Randy and Suzy Storms were soul mates for almost 23 years, working to save other souls.

Suzy was a nurse and an addictions counselor.

Randy Storms was a marriage and family therapist. He often talked of the paralyzing accidents that left him a quadriplegic, but brought him closer to God.

“He said it took something like breaking his neck for the Lord to get ahold of him,” said Natalie Hershberger, Randy’s stepdaughter.

“Something about that made him very approachable and seemed very on your level,” said Courtney Browning.

She and her husband, Matt, got to know the Storms through a singles group Randy led at Eastminster Presbyterian, inspiring more than two dozen weddings– some of them performed by Randy himself.

“They were so perfect in the way they served each other,” said Hayley McHenry, a family friend. “You looked at them and thought, if this wasn’t a reason for believing in God, I don’t know what is.”

The Storms were together to the end.

On Super Bowl Sunday in February, their van– specially modified so Randy could drive– crashed, possibly because Randy suffered a medical problem at the wheel.

The couple and his therapy dog died.

It was a loss felt across Kansas, even in Washington, where Kansas Senator, Jerry Moran, remembered them in a speech.

“I ask my colleagues as well as all Kansans to remember the Storms family in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead,”

Many believe Randy and Suzy’s work lives on through the many people they brought together in faith and marriage.

“That impact will live on through our generation, our kids, our kids’ kids.  The impact is endless,” said Matt Browning.

The Storms were chosen for the “Leadership through Faith” award, just one of five Humanitarian awards that date back to 1951.

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