Samuel K. Randall, 65, of Elm Creek, Nebraska, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at Kearney Regional Medical Center in Kearney.
He was born on March 31, 1958, to Lee Randall and Margery Wamser. Samuel and his family moved quite a bit back and forth between Elm Creek, Nebraska and Colorado where he graduated from Evergreen High School with the class of 1976. After high school, Samuel joined the United States Marine Corps from February of 1976 until February of 1980. He then served with the United States Army as a captain from July of 1985 until July of 1988. He then served with the National Guard until he was honorably discharged. Once he left the military, Samuel worked several years at Wheelers Farm Store before moving on to Hobby Lobby where he worked for 27 years.
Samuel was a serious coffee drinker. His family always joked with him that he needed to have an IV of coffee ready for him. He loved woodworking, going out to the shooting range, and walking around with his metal detector looking for lost treasure. The thing he loved the most was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He would drop whatever he was doing to be with them. One day when Sam was taking his grandchildren out to visit a loved one at the cemetery, one of his granddaughters asked him why some people in the cemetery didn’t have flowers; that day Samuel decided he needed to change that. He spent the next 12 years going to local cemeteries in his area and Fort McPherson National Cemetery to leave flowers for all the fallen veterans who might not have had any family left. At one point, he him and his family delivered more than 5,000 flowers to every headstone. He will be greatly missed.
Those left to honor his memory is his mother, Margery Wamser of Wheatridge, Colorado; daughters, Charity Marquardt of Funk, Nebraska, Penny (Terry) Davis of Kearney, Nebraska Faye Schram of Elm Creek, Nebraska, and Samantha Jo Taylor of Kearney, Nebraska; sons, Ronald (Michelle) Martin of Harvard, Nebraska, Thomas (Melissa) Martin of Shelton, Nebraska, and Henry Schram of Loomis, Nebraska; brothers, Richard Randall of Arizona City, Arizona, Jim Randall of Mead, Colorado, Jeff (Pam) Wamser of Pawnee Rock, Kansas, and Wesley Shurtleff of Elm Creek, Nebraska, as well as many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Samuel was preceded in death by his father, Lee Randall, his wife, Maxine Martin, and nephew, Jim Randall.
There will be no visitation as the family is honoring Samuel’s wish for cremation.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 23, 2023, 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Elm Creek, Nebraska with Pastor Venedith Vargas, officiating.
Inurnment with military honors will be in the Elm Creek Cemetery in Elm Creek, Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are kindly suggested to Sam’s Mission honoring our fallen.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com