Randall L. Branstetter, of Waterloo, IL, died March 8, 2020 peacefully at his home
at the age of 91.
He was born September 6, 1928, to William and Bernice (Jenkins) Branstetter in
Frankford, MO along with six brothers and three sisters. He married his life long
wife, Carlene Whittle, in 1956. They raised five children; Wendell, Rob (Judi) and
Lee (Anna) Branstetter, Sandi Shelton, and Dawn Mclean (Tim). Through these
children, he was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren (+ one
on the way).
His parents, his lovely wife, Carlene, wonderful son, Rob, little grandson, Jeremy,
and 8 siblings proceeded him in death, but are now reunited with him forever. The
last surviving brother is Jim Branstetter of Ironton, MO.
Randall was a US Army Veteren of the Korean War. Afterwards, he retired in
1986 from the Teamsters union. During his retirement, he spent a lot of time with
his grandchildren. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with loved
ones. In his final years, he spent many days enjoying his coffee while riding
around the yard on his golf cart chasing goats back into their pen.
He was a lover of Jesus, music, and poetry. He was a passionate advocate for the
unborn. To know him was to love him. He will be missed tremendously.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Hope Christian Church, Columbia, IL, on
Sunday, March 22 nd at 4:00 p.m. with dinner to follow. Friends may call from 2:00
p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to express condolences.
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