Eugene (Gene) Rex Randolph, 88, of Corydon passed away Aug. 5, 2014, at the Corydon Nursing and Rehab Center, where he had resided since April 2013.
Gene was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Wilbur Charles and Jesse Merle (McBee) Randolph and spent most of his childhood years in Ottumwa.
On Aug. 11, 1950, he was united in marriage to Alice Marie Luko and to this union two children were born, Dixie Marie and Marion Dale.
Gene prided himself the most as being a farmer but he also worked as a carpenter, plumber and could do electrical work. The thing that gave him the most pride was his service to his country from May 31, 1942, to June 6, 1946, which was during World War II. Gene served aboard the USS Salt Lake City as a gunnerís mate. He especially enjoyed his trip to Washington D.C. on an honor flight to visit the World War II monument.
Gene was a member of the Stiles Christian Church in Bloomfield and a member of the American Legion in Corydon and helped with military funerals as long as his health permitted. He enjoyed going to his great-grandchildrenís Veteranís Day celebration and talking to the children about the military and our freedom and the price that was paid for us being free.
His parents; his wife of 62 years; daughter in infancy; brother, Jack of Ottumwa and sister, Betty Black of Phoenix, Ariz., preceded him in death.
He is survived by son, Dale and his wife Doris of Corydon; grandsons, Eric Dale and wife Michelle of Tripoli, Bryan Shawn of Corydon and Lance Cimmaron and wife Katie of Norwalk; great-grandchildren, Nolan Dale and Haley Michelle of Tripoli, McKayla Renae and Chandler Marie of Corydon, Colin Edward and Lauren Mary of Norwalk; sister, Doris Ilene of Ottumwa, four nephews, three nieces as well as several great-nieces and nephews.
As per Geneís wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Promise City Church of Christ where he attended since moving to Corydon. Interment of the ashes will follow the service at the Corydon Cemetery with full military honors.
His great-grandchildren will escort his remains to their final resting place.