Randall leaves behind legacy of commitment to country and compassion for his community by Misti Drew, Editor, Marshall County Daily.com
At the age of 67, Russ Randall had lived what some might consider the American Dream – having a loving marriage of 46 years, two successful children and a career that had proved to be rewarding in many ways.
From his devotion to his Country having served in the Vietnam Conflict, to his love of Christ and his family, Randall's nearly unparalleled passion for politics and astute business sense led him to have a strong passion for life and for seeing those close to him succeed in life, as well.
A self-made business man, Randall was an entrepreneur several times over, creating and investing in numerous ventures including the oil industry and real estate, serving as the Principal Broker for Park Avenue Properties in Draffenville.
Randall exercised his passion for politics, serving as the GOP’s First District Chairman from 2002-2012 and served several years as the Chairman for the Marshall County Republican Party.
Randall, who served as a deacon in his home church of Pathway Baptist, also drove the church bus all over the county on Wednesday nights picking up children who wanted to attend the AWANA youth program.
And while many of his passions were carried out silently, it was his passion for politics and outspoken ways he voiced his conservative beliefs that many knew Randall for. Bill Bartleman, Director of Community Relations at Mid-Continent University and Past Political Reporter at The Paducah Sun summarized Randall’s political involvement by writing, “For Russ, remembering the politics is remembering his life. His politics influenced his moral, social and humanitarian views and the way he lived his life and helped others. “His politics more importantly reflected his Christian values and beliefs. A person's politics reflects their lives -- positive or negative. For Russ, it's positive for those who believe in conservative Christian values.”
And while those are the things most people knew him best by, those closest to him say it was the things he was not publicly known for that best defined who he was in life.
Editor’s Note: “We at Marshall County Daily and Park Avenue Properties are going to especially miss Russ and his love for life. He was tremendously supportive in helping us to become the successes we have grown to be and life will certainly not be the same without him.”