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In Memory

John Randel (Randel) - Class Of 1941

John C. Randel

Thursday, September 22, 2016



John C. Randel


Sept. 9, 1921 - Sept. 19, 2016

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- John C. Randel, 95, of Grand Island, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at Golden Living-Lakeview in Grand Island.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Litchfield Christian Church in Litchfield. Derek Apfel, CFC will officiate. Burial will be in the Litchfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna.

John Chester Randel was born Sept. 9, 1921, in McCook, Neb., to Elmer and Pearl (Hollingshead) Randel. He received his education in McCook.

He entered the U.S. Navy on June 17, 1942, and served during World War II as a Gunner's Mate, Second Class. While assigned, he assisted in the protection of merchant ships transporting munitions and other war supplies overseas. He made numerous trips in merchant ship convoys to England, France and North Africa. John also served and assisted in the U.S. Navy support of amphibious landings in the Allied Invasion of Sicily. John received the Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on Nov.24, 1945.

He married Wilma Dorbrusky Brown on Jan. 20, 1966, at Minden, Neb. They made their home on a farm three miles east of Litchfield.

He loved his Pomeranians and playing cards. California Rummy was his game of choice.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharon LeFever of Chapman, Neb.; grandchildren, Earl LeFever of Mason City, Neb., Ed LeFever of Arizona, Tina Danker of Ansley, Neb., Lori Vann of Chapman, Neb., John LeFever of Litchfield, Tara McFadden of Brule, Neb., Kari Gillming of Kearney, Neb., Tim Brown of Grand Island, Melinda Zuck of McCook, Sara Brown of Omaha, Neb., Bill Brown of Omaha, Tracey Cole and Jeff Moore of Mason City, Neb., and his sister, Eleanor Granum of Macon, Ga. John also leaves behind great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma "Myn" Randel; daughter, Yvonne "Sis" Moore; son, Robert "Bob" Brown; sister, Margaret Louise Randel Cox; brothers, Leo Randel, G. Allen Randel and grandchildren, Tony Moore, Allen Brown and Ronda Howard.

Memorials are suggested to the family.