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Harvey Brunner Randall Obituary


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Harvey Brunner Randall of Fredonia Township, Marshall, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at Hospice House, Battle Creek, Michigan. Harvey (Harv) Randall was born April 1, 1916, in Tekonsha, Michigan to Howard M. and Dawne (Brunner) Randall. He graduated from Tekonsha High School in 1934, Albion College in 1938, and Northwestern University with a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Business Administration. In 1939, Harv joined the family business, Randall Chicken Products Co. There he met and married Hazel Christina Auer on January 12, 1941, in Marshall. She died in 1969. Harv was drafted for W.W. II in September, 1941, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He graduated from Air Corps Airport Operations School and was discharged March 1, 1946, as a Master Sergeant Administrative Specialist. While in the Air Corps, he earned a private pilot’s license. Returning from military service, he reentered the family canning business which served the Midwest and East Coast. With his brother Scott, they became Randall Products Company known as Randall Beans, for which the Tekonsha annual “Bean Day” has become synonymous. The business was sold in 1975. On June 12, 1971, Harv married Jeannette (Fousel) Voshen. Harv restored the Tekonsha Jail and Hobo Hotel which is a designated National Historic Site. He served on the Tekonsha Village Council for two decades and the Board of Directors at the Southern Michigan Bank, Coldwater, Michigan, for twenty-eight years. Harv attended the First Baptist Church which his great-grandfather built in 1870 on Church Street in Tekonsha. Survivors include: wife Jeannette, daughter Gwyn (Jon) Hartman, stepsons Conrad (Laura) Voshen and Clifton (Anita) Voshen, grandchildren Drew Randall Voshen and Dana Loraine Voshen, his 1967 German Exchange Student Susanne (Miething) Blomke of Hamburg, Germany. Also nephews Howard (Dianne) Randall and Mike Randall, and a niece Rozanne (Randall) Thompson. Harv considered the relatives of wife Hazel to be family, too. Visitation will take place at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the First Baptist Church, Tekonsha, Michigan. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Tekonsha First Baptist Church, the Tekonsha Union Church, and the Good Samaritan Hospice, Battle Creek. Assistance with memorial contributions available at Kempf Funeral Home.

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