Paul H. Randall, 98

Paul H. Randall, 98, of Elkhart and formerly of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Greenleaf Assisted Living Center. 

Paul was born on May 7, 1917, in Paducah, Ky., to the late Guy G. and Erva D. (Crim) Randall. On Feb. 27, 1945, in Paducah he married Dorothy K. Riddagh. She preceded him in death on July 17, 2012.

Paul is survived by daughters, Paula Dee, North Manchester, Emily C. Weddle (John), North Manchester, and Martha Randall-Erickson (Ed), South Bend; sons, Craig L. Randall (Sherry Zanotti), Elkhart, and Timothy B. Randall (Shelly), Elkhart; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Randall, Elkhart; 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Brian, daughter in-law Mary Randall, a granddaughter, Shelly LaGue, a sister and a brother.

Paul grew up in Fort Wayne, graduating with the class of 1935 from Fort Wayne South Side. Following high school, Paul attended Indiana University for a year prior to Paul then joined the Army-Air Corps, proudly serving during World War II.

During his service in the Army-Air Corps, Paul served as a Bomber Pilot flying an A-20G Havoc on 65 combat missions. He retired as a Captain. Paul continued flying after his military service as a private and commercial pilot for a number of years. Paul then retired from the Air Force reserve. Upon being discharged from active duty, Paul completed his education at Indiana University and then began his career as an insurance broker. In his later years, he was a courier for Elkhart Community Bank.

An active member of the community, Paul was always involved with something. He ran for a seat on the city council, was presented the Key to the City of Elkhart by then mayor Dick Moore and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by his friend and state representative, Tim Neese, during the Indiana General Assembly. He was a member of the Elkhart Area Chamber of Commerce with many years of service. Paul was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Elkhart Community Symphony Chorus where he was a singer. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.  

Paul was also a longtime active member of the Elkhart Noon Kiwanis Club as well as the Audubon Society.

Never one to be idle, he took up running at age 55 and completed 11 marathons. He was also a championship rower, competing and winning in competitions worldwide and even holding several world records.

A private family burial with full military honors will take place at Rice Cemetery. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, Elkhart. The Rev. Rebecca Kuiken officiated.

The family would also like to thank his devoted caregiver, Ena Miller for her caring service given to Paul during his stay at Greenleaf Living Center.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Kiwanis International 3636 Woodview Trace Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196.

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Posted on 2016 May 06