CATLIN — George L. Randall, 77, of Catlin, after a long and courageous trial against a difficult illness, passed away from us on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
George was born March 11, 1936, in Danville to Buell and Mary (Pittaway) Randall.
He grew up on Stroup Street, graduating from Danville High School in 1954. After high school, he attended trade school in Memphis, Tenn., and began a lifetime career as a tool and die maker. Beginning in 1956, George was employed by General Electric Company, later Valmont, working in the Danville plant until it closed. He later worked for GEMCO, retiring in 2003.
While in high school, George met Donna Jean Harris. They married in 1956 and celebrated 57 wedding anniversaries together.
In 1964, George built Donna a new home in which to build their life and family, and they moved from their hometown to a new neighborhood in Catlin where they made many lifelong friendships.
George knew that many things change us, but we begin and end with family. He considered himself greatly blessed by a family of whom he was always proud.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Darla (Thomas) O’Shaughnessy, Danna (David) Harrold, both of Catlin, and Robert “Bob” (Donna Fox) Randall of Avondale, Ariz.; his grandchildren, Elizabeth “Beth” (Joseph) Friel, Adam (Theresa Vachon) O’Shaughnessy, Kyle (Chelsi Craig) Harrold, Suzanne “Annie” (George) Monyok, Brittney Randall, Ryan Harrold and Jennifer Randall; his great-grandchildren, Abigail and Michael Friel and Hudson Monyok, or, “Hud” to Great-Grandpa George; his brother, Robert (Sandi) Randall of Danville; and a niece and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Kristi Lynn Randall.
George was a member and past master of Olive Branch Lodge 38 and a past officer of Danville Scottish Rite. In 1979, George was elected to receive the honorary 33rd Degree of Scottish Rite. George was a past member of Gao Grotto.
George never met a stranger. He was a candidly honest straight shooter but had a soft side and gave of himself without reluctance, hesitation or expectation. He had an easy smile and a quick, ornery wit. He was an avid NASCAR racing fan, rooting for Dale Earnhardt and against Jeff Gordon. He enjoyed visiting and playing cards with family and friends, camping with Donna and their grandchildren at their site at the Charlarose Lake and Campground near Waynetown, Ind., traveling on cruise vacations with his children, fishing with his grandsons, visiting his granddaughters in Arizona, watching Illini basketball with Donna and Notre Dame football with his grandchildren, and slowly cruising Catlin in the 1978 Corvette he and Bob lovingly restored.
Funeral service: 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor Dave Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. The family will greet friends and relatives for visitation from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, with Masonic services at 1:30 p.m. at Robison Chapel.
The family extends a special “thank you” to the staffs at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and the Hawthorne Inn, who relieved George’s pain, respected his dignity and showed him many kindnesses during his final illnesses.
The family requests any memorial donations be made to either the Catlin Fire Protection District Rescue Unit or Catlin American Legion Post 776.