Charles Hiram Randall, Sr., age 84, of Silver Lake Township, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday April 13, 2013.
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Born in Johnson City, N.Y., on December 13, 1928, Charles grew up in Binghamton and spent many happy boyhood summers at Silver Lake where his father Hiram bought a cottage in 1935.
He is survived by Hedi, his wife of 61 years; sister Anne Berge and brother George Randall; four children and their spouses, Kate and Andy Ring, Brackney, Scott and Cynthia Randall, Winchester, Mass., Meg Jacobs, Walpole, Mass., and Charlie and Mary Randall, Boulder Colo.; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son, Jonathan Randall; and his sister Nancy Heckman.
After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1951, Charles served two years in the US Army during the Korean conflict. Upon discharge he joined the General Electric Company's financial organization in Syracuse, N.Y., and earned his MBA from Syracuse University.
He spent subsequent years working for GE in Holland, Germany, Alabama, and Florida before a final relocation to Wellesley, Mass., where he completed his career with Honeywell, Inc.
In 1986, Charles and Hedi decided it was time to return home and they built a house in Silver Lake Township.
Early mornings would find Charles tending his vegetable gardens and apple orchard from which he produced eagerly anticipated garlic, salsa and cider for the family each year. He was a steadfast and reliable man who cherished his family and his friends, and his probity was an integral part of him. His love of humor and his gentleness will be dearly missed, as will his crossword puzzle prowess and the cloud of cigar smoke which signaled his presence.
Charles expressed his love for the natural beauty of this area through his landscape watercolor paintings, which he exhibited as a participant in the Artists' Studio Tour.
His appreciation of the outdoors was further shown in his support of the Edward L. Rose Conservancy of Susquehanna County and as a founding member of the Friends of Salt Springs. He served for many years as treasurer of the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Company.
Charles was an avid reader and a frequent visitor to book stores as well as to the Susquehanna County Library.
For friends wishing to make a donation in his memory, please give to the Susquehanna County Library Building Fund, 18 Monument St., Montrose, PA 18801.
A celebration of Charles's life was held at the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, April 20, at noon, will lunch served and memories shared.
Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Apr. 24 to Apr. 30, 2013