David A. Rand
David Allen Rand, age 70 of Shawano, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at his home. Born on October 16, 1943 in Chicago, he was the son of the late Milton and Pearl (Ledger) Rand. In 1947 his family moved back to the Chili, WI area in Clark County. David grew up on a farm with many brothers and sisters. He was a part of the last generation to attend one-room country schools. After graduating in 1961, he traveled about 6,000 miles by motorcycle to Texas and California. David joined the army in 1962 and was later sent to Japan, where he worked in the Army Security Agency for 27 months. In Japan, he met Kazuko who later became his wife. They were married September 25, 1965. Upon returning to the U.S., David worked for a year at General Motors in Janesville before enrolling at UW Whitewater, transferring to UW Stevens Point where he majored in natural resource management, history and secondary education. He then got his master's degree from UWSP in broad field social studies. While at UWSP he was a founding member of Veterans for Peace. In 1971, David and Kazuko moved to Shawano where he eventually started a 25 year teaching career at the Menominee Indian School District. David's activities included camping, canoe building, traveling, backpacking, pottery, running, photography, practicing and teaching karate. He was also involved in the Shawano Old Time Music and Crafts Festival for 20 years and helped organize Miles of Art-Shawano County.
David is survived by: his wife of 48 years, Kazuko; children, Patricia (Bob) Hedrick, Doug Rand; and siblings, Howard (Carol) Rand, Mark (Diane) Rand, Terry (Sharon) Rand, Marilyn (Johnny) Scott, Eugene Rand, Elizabeth (Randy) Ramker; sister-in-law, Becky Rand; and nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by: his parents, Milton and Pearl; sisters, MaryAnn and Stella; brother, Gary; and niece, Tanya.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Gresham with the Rev. David McElroy O Praem officiating. Visitation will be held at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Sunday from 4:00-7:00pm and at the church on Monday from 10:00am until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Miles of Art-Shawano County would be greatly appreciated.
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Feb. 27, 2014