Schetky Bus & Van Sales: Randy Schetky, Commercial Bus Pioneer, Passes Away at Age 69 

April 13, 2020





Schetky Bus & Van Sales: Randy Schetky, Commercial Bus Pioneer, Passes Away at Age 69 



Portland, Ore. (Friday, April 10, 2020) – John “Randy” Schetky, the president and owner of Schetky Bus & Van Sales, one the United States’ largest dealerships, passed away early in the morning of April 3, 2020. He was 69 years old. 


Randy Schetky died after his cancer diagnosis became unmanageable, said his sons David and Chase, both vice presidents for the company. They will now take Randy’s years of guidance, advice, and leadership to lead the company going forward. 

Randy Schetky graduated from Oregon State University in 1975 and began working full time for his father, John L., at Schetky that same year. In 1980, Randy launched the company’s commercial bus division, and begin selling to transit agencies throughout the Northwest. Randy grew the business from the top dealership in the Pacific Northwest, to one of the top bus and van suppliers nationwide. Randy led Schetky to multiple industry awards and took great pride in after-the-sale support. He grew their service facilities from one shop to four within Oregon and Washington. Randy also opened their Arizona sales and service facility in 2017, which has seen exponential growth and is projected to become Arizona’s top dealership in the coming years. 

Schetky also sells School Buses, and represents Collins Bus and Thomas Built Bus. In 1997, Randy purchased Larsen Bus Sales, and became the Thomas Bus dealer in Oregon and Washington. In 2018, Thomas Built Buses and Daimler named Schetky a Platinum Support Dealer. This award recognizes a dealer’s ability to provide customers with the best possible experience, communication, robust parts availability and superb customer service. 

In addition to David and Chase (wife Liana), Schetky is survived by wife Linley, granddaughter Maya, and brother Steve (wife Chris). 

The family said it is unable to plan Schetky’s funeral or celebration of life at this time, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. But an announcement will follow as soon as arrangements can be made. 


About Schetky Bus and Van Sales 

Founded in 1942, Jack Schetky assembled the first bus west of the Mississippi River, and built a reputation for providing unsurpassed service and support. Schetky Bus and Vans Sales specializes in new bus sales; used bus sales; bus service; bus leasing; bus financing; online parts ordering; bus warranty; and electric vehicle conversions. Please visit Schetky online at 


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