|Vernon Barcus Randall, 89, died at 5:50AM, Saturday, March 24, 2012 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois.
He was born on May 25th, 1922, in Hartwell, Nebraska, the son of Wortle and Gertrude Barcus Randall. He married Ruth Elizabeth Verbarg on February 21, 1950, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Metropolis, Illinois. Ruth survives.
He is also survived by a son Warren (Janis) Randall of Galesburg, Illinois, a daughter Karen (Ted) Randall-King, also of Galesburg, Illinois, four grandchildren, Sean, Seth, Nathan and Aaron, and five great-grandchildren, Reid, MacKenzie, Lauren, Emily and Olivia, along with one brother, William (Anne) Randall of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Vernon graduated from Hammond High School in Hammond, Indiana, in 1941. He then attended Newberry College in Newberry North Carolina for one year before enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1942. He served as the Electrical Expert on the U.S.S. Richardson during World War II in the Mediterranean. He was Honorably Discharged in February 1946. He then attended Carthage College, in Carthage Illinois, in 1947 before enrolling and attending the Cincinatti College of Embalming, from which he graduated in 1949. He found employment and moved to Vienna Illinois and worked as a mortician at the Murrie Funeral Home.
In 1951 he moved his family to Bloomington, Illinois, where he began employment at the Ralston-Purina plant. He served Ralston-Purina for 35 years as Head of Maintenance until his retirement in 1986. Because of his license as an Embalmer, for all his working years at Ralston-Purina he was known as "Digger", a nickname that he cherished, and one that followed him the remainder of his life. His life was one of service to his country, family, church and community.
Vernon and Ruth were members of St. John's Lutheran Church, in Bloomington Illinois, for 48 years. He served on the church board and as a Deacon. Upon moving to Galesburg, Illinois, in 1999, they joined First Lutheran Church of Galesburg. After many years of study, Vernon earned his Electrical Engineering
Degree in 1959. As an Eagle Scout, and with his love of Scouting, he served as Scout Master for Troop 34 in Bloomington, Illinois from 1960 - 1974...and continued to support the Troop for many years afterwards. He was also involved with the Kiwanis Club, and in 1997 received the Hixon Fellow Award for his contributions to the community through Kiwanis. He was a 32nd degree Mason. He also served and performed general and electrical services for the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority house at Illinois Wesleyan University for 36 years until 1999. Dad was an avid Cardinals fan since the latter 50's, and a big supporter of the Big 10.
Prayer services will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 4:00PM at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. Michel D. Clark will officiate. Visitation will follow and be from 5:00 to 7:00PM. In-lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Alzheimer Association and Kiwanis International. On-line condolences or sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.