George Allen Randel, 86, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was born in Red Willow County on Feb. 10, 1923.
He graduated from McCook High School in 1940. Randel enlisted in the Navy in World War II, and served throughout the Pacific Theatre, including being stationed in Japan.
Randel was a lifelong farmer in Red Willow County. He was the grandson of southwest Nebraska pioneers George Frederick Randel and Louisa Wilhelmina Lange Randel. Along with other properties, Randel continued to farm the land his grandfather homesteaded in 1879, before McCook was established, on the banks of the Republican River near the Fairview Post Office. He was born in and lived much of his life in the house his grandparents built off what is now Ravenswood Road and was a member of the First Congregational Church, McCook
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer C. Randel and Pearl Hollingshead Randel, and a sister, Margaret Louise Randel Cox.
He is survived by a sister, Eleanor Randel Granum of Macon, Ga.; and two brothers, John C. Randel of Kearney, Neb., and and Leo R. Randel of Brookings, Ore., as well as three nieces and four nephews. Local relatives include second-cousins, Ardis Randel Vukas and Stanley Randel.
Graveside services will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, The Rev. Steve Bales officiating, with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.
Visitation is today until 5 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. -- 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to First Congregational Church, McCook. The family also wishes to express its deep appreciation to Jill Royse and Jerry Montey for their strong support of and assistance to their friend George Allen Randel in the last years of his life.
Friends may sign his book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.