Randall "Randy" Andrew Person, 98
Randall "Randy" Andrew Person, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and brother-in-law, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Allegan, which he called home from shortly after his birth in Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 10, 1917, until his death at the age of 98.
Randy, as most people knew him, was devoted to his family, which consisted of his wife, Violet (Peterson) Person to whom he was married on Sept. 9, 1944, and who preceded him in death in 1980; daughter Judith (Michael) Melms, who preceded him in death in 2012; daughter Rinda (Ned) Newhof, of Caledonia; son David (Larie) Person of Kalamazoo; brother-in-law John Peterson; 6 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
After Violet's death, he was married to Ruth Reed Person for 16 years. She preceded him in death in 1997. Her children are the late Kay (Richard) Poljan, Ann (the late Jimmy) Chestnut and Martin (the late Deborah) Reed.
Randy was the son of Gustav and Charlotte Person who emigrated from Sweden and met on the boat that took them to America; and the brother of Bert Person, Mary May and infant Evelyn Person, all of whom preceded him in death.
Randy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allegan for more than 70 years and served several terms as elder. He was strong in his faith in Jesus Christ.
Soft-spoken and humble, Randy was happiest when he was at work on the 40-acre dairy farm in Allegan Township that he purchased in 1951 and which he continued to visit on a regular basis up until the time of his death at Briarwood Assisted Living Facility. Not only did he enjoy milking cows morning and evening for several years but he also cherished visits from cousins, nieces and nephews from Chicago and elsewhere who remember the cows, horse, chickens, rabbits, ducks, dogs and cats that took up residence there through the years.
The farm was Randy's hobby and to support it he worked as an upholsterer at Davies Wheeler, then as an inspector at Crescent Manufacturing and finally as a foreman at Com-Pak-Ett, from which he retired in the 1980s.
In retirement, Randy enjoyed visiting friends and acquaintances, especially those who were shut-ins or in nursing homes. He bowled until he was in his 90s. He also was proud of the many cars he owned from the 1930s until he stopped driving at the age of 94.
Friends may meet with the family Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at Gorden Funeral
Residence, Allegan Chapel, where the funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Rev. Nelson Lumm and Murray Cooper officiating. Interment will follow at Millgrove Cemetery, Valley Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Allegan, its community free-lunch program, 200 Cutler St., Allegan, MI 49010 or the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/donate, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements are being provided by Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, www.gordenfuneral.com.