|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1907|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1987|
Obituary: WICHITA EAGLE BEACON
"Shorty" Randolph, 79, got a chuckle out of daily living
Simeon "Shorty" Randolph liked a good joke. He knew how to make people laugh. And he never was afraid of poking fun at himself.
He didn't ever have anyone mad at him, he was always funny," said his grandson Kelly Randolph, 1`7 "Whenever he saw someone get upset, he would laugh, make a joke. He said once that the reason he lived so long was because he laughed so much, and he really enjoyed getting to know people and talking to 'em and stuff."
Mr. Randolph, 79, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.
For 45 years, he shared his sense of humor with the people of Pratt.
In the Air Force during World War II, he helped build the Air Force base in Pratt. Then he went to work for the city, first as a carpenter at the public housing complex and then as a power plant operator, He retired in 1973, after more than two decades of service.
Though a longtime Kansan, Mr. Randolph used to talk proudly of his roots in Oklahoma, said his daughter, Wanda Maas. His parents were among the first homesteaders in the Cherokee Strip, and his father was "a real frontiersman," a sheriff and a U.S. Marshall. Mr. Randolph grew up on a farm near Jet.
At first he worked at a grain elevator in Oklahoma. Then he left the farm behind: joined a construction crew, and built dams in Oklahoma and Missouri and Colorado, that lasted until he joined the Air Force in 1942.
Though Mr. Randolph believed in working hard--after he retired he began painting houses to avoid idleness- he enjoyed his fun too.
"He used to say, "Enjoy life and have a great time," said his grandson.
After he retired Mr. Randolph served on the board of the senior center in Pratt, every day he'd spend several hours at the center with his buddies, playing cards, and dominoes. And he loved football and baseball. "The last thing he asked me before he died was, "What was the baseball score."
Funeral service will be Saturday October 10, 1987 2 p.m. Ayres-Calbeck Chapel, Officiating Clergy; Reverend William L. Harrold.
Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery Pratt, Kansas
Survivors; a daughter Wanda Maas; a son Curtis of Pratt; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes Grace (Curtis) Randolph; sisters, Flora Mae Randolph Kiely; Mollie Randolph Carson; brothers, William Randolph; and Dessan Randolph. Parents; S.F. Randolph and Jennie(Brooks) Randolph.
Casket Bearers: Lee Maas, Bob Graven, Jack Whitaker, Randy Maas. Jay Randolph, & Kelly Randolph.
Honorary Escorts: Ed Knop, Dale Hogan, Bill Beckman, Roy Lucas, Larry Farmer, & Glen Crawford.
Simeon Floyd Randolph (1863 - 1947)
Jennie Brooks Randolph (1866 - 1943)
Agnes Grace Curtis Randolph (1911 - 1976)
Wanda Lee Randolph Maas (1932 - 2009)*
Flora Mae Randolph Kiely (1887 - 1930)*
Mollie Elizabeth Randolph Carson (1890 - 1977)*
Dessau S. Randolph (1896 - 1972)*
William Randolph (1899 - 1969)*
Simeon Lee Randolph (1907 - 1987)
Created by: Micki
Record added: Nov 07, 2008
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