Robert Randall


DANA, Ind. – Robert Lee Randall, 87, of Chrisman, died at his home Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was a retired teacher and farmer.

The funeral is 2:30 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Dana United Methodist Church. Burial follows at the Friends Chapel (Prairie Township) Cemetery, near Scottland. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. EST Saturday, Oct. 13 at the church. Overpeck-Gooch Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Randall was born Aug. 2, 1931, at Champaign, the son of the late Audrey and Glenn Randall. The family moved to the Randall farm on the Indiana-Illinois state line in 1939. He married Sue Honnold, Aug. 19, 1956, at the Chrisman United Methodist Church, and she survives.

He is also survived by five children, David (Sue) of Barrington, Mary (Dave) Rank of Falls Church, Va., Susan (Jeff) Binkley of Houghton, Mich., Jane (David) Crockett of Los Angeles, Calif., and Amy (Dan) Ray of South Lyon, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and two brothers, Jim (Joellyn) and Phil (Brenda).

He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill.

Mr. Randall graduated from Dana High School in 1949, received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois in 1953 and his master’s degree in education from Indiana State in 1970.

He was a proud veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956. He began a career in education in 1956 at the Metcalf Elementary School and continued his teaching career in the Paris Union School District 95 for a total of 43 years.

In addition to teaching, farming was his other passion, and he continued to farm until 2016. He was also extremely active in the Dana United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dana United Methodist Church or The Robert L. and Sue H. Randall Family Legacy Scholarship through the College of ACES at the University of Illinois, c/o University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green St., MC-386, Urbana IL, 61801.

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