Edgar Randall Erskine (Ran), passed away on Friday August 1, 2014 at VITAS Inpatient Hospice Care in The Woodlands, Texas.
Ran was born on July 16, 1925 in Des Moines, IA to Randall Mathew Erskine and Avie Violet Erskine.
He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana graduating in Business Administration. He spent most of his career with and retired from PPG Industries developing lasting friendships throughout the industry well after his retirement.
He was a man of great affection for his family and friends. He often spoke of his high school friends in Indiana and his fellow military veterans. He cherished their friendships that lasted decades.
In his last year, he yearningly spoke of the love of his life, Meta (Mitzi) Marilyn Erskine, who preceded him in death in May of 2013. He enjoyed recalling and sharing stories of their first meetings in Westwood, CA (near Los Angeles) in 1952. His favorite was the steak dinner that flung off his plate and onto the floor during their first date, which of course swept her off her feet. They married 6 weeks later and that led to 60+ years of marriage. In his words 'I'm the luckiest guy in the world, and Mitzi was the luckiest girl in the world'.
As a World War II veteran, he was called back to serve as a Marine Corps flight instructor in the Korean conflict. Upon leaving the service Ran and Mitzi lived in Elmhurst, Illinois, Fullerton, California, Walnut Creek, California, and retired to The Woodlands, Texas.
As residents of The Woodlands, he and Mitzi found dear friends in their neighbors and fellow church members. Ran was a well-known friendly face in the community, as he never forgot the names of those he encountered throughout the week. He intentionally sought to greet his acquaintances and know them beyond their names. Over the past 20+ years Ran and Mitzi have been going to Hawaii and have developed a special relationship with many Hawaiian's whom they call there Hawaiian Ohana. Ran's kindness, smile, and laughter was contagious and touched many.
Ran is survived by his son Randy Erskine, and his wife Lori, and his daughter Kyle Newman. He is survived by his sister Nadine (Deanie) Mogg and her husband Jerry (Indianapolis, Indiana). He is survived by his grandchildren Nick Erskine, Callie Erskine-Samples, Kipp Erskine, Randi Watkins and her husband Andy, Madison and Reilly Thomas in addition to three great grandchildren Kai, Avery, and Bronson.
He will be greatly missed by family and dear friends in Indiana, California, Washington, Texas and Hawaii. He will also be greatly celebrated, as he has blessed many with his life and truly kept the faith to the end.
A private family service will be held. If anyone is interested in gifting in Ran's memory please give to the
, Wounded Warriors Project or to your local church missions to spread God's Word.