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Arthur Randell

Arthur Lee Randell Jr.

Tuesday, February 19th, 1935 - Friday, July 26th, 2019
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It was a bright sunny day on July 26, 2019, Arthur Lee Randell Jr., age 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Crozer Keystone Hospice at Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, PA. The son of Arthur Lee Randell Sr., and Dollie Hasper Randell. Arthur was the second of four brothers, John, Kenneth and Brian. He was born on February 19, 1935, in Keokuk, Iowa, a small town on the Mississippi River known for their lock and dam, button factory and cereal works.
In 1936, the Randell family moved to Crum Lynne, PA, to find work with Sun Ship Building and Dry Dock Company, building tankers and freighters. In 1939, the family settled in Norwood, PA. In 1953, the family moved to Park Forest, IL. He graduated Rich High School in 1954. Following high school, Arthur served our country in the U.S. Army during peacetime, stationed in Japan, from 1955 to 1957, as a Specialist 4th Class, finishing his service in the Reserves from 1957 to 1962. In 1957, Arthur attended Thornton Junior College. While in college, he met the love of his life, Beverly Austgen, at a dance. He was 23, she was 19. She ended up tutoring him in German and the two soon were dating. Beverly went to nursing school and they were married May 13, 1961.
They raised their four children in Park Forest, IL. While working for Westinghouse, he was transferred to Woodlyn, PA in 1973. He retired from Westinghouse as a Mechanical Engineer with 33 years of service. He traveled throughout the United States and overseas for Westinghouse. Arthur lived in Swedesboro, NJ with his loving wife for the past 14 years. Arthur was the best dad, husband, brother, and most of all, best Papa/Grandpa, to his six grandchildren. He enjoyed sharing his love of history and his reading books with them. He loved to travel, read, watch movies and most of all watch Jeopardy with them. He enjoyed his time spent with his children, grandchildren and especially his wife Beverly. They were married for 58 years but have been together for 62 years.
Some of his hobbies were cars, his Snap Happy Photography Club, progressive dinners with his neighbors and 9 years of sponsoring Christmas Holiday House Tours to raise toy/clothing donations for children in need for the local school district.
He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s school activities and sporting events. His sense of humor, witty sayings, knuckle punches and wonderful smile will always be remembered. He touched the lives of many and loved by all who knew him.
Survived by his wife: Beverly A. (Austgen), four children: Laura Lee Rush (Jimmy Cocker) of Collingdale, PA, Russell Randell (Kathleen) of Voorhees, NJ, Heather Chambers (Michael) and Sharon Lerario (Robert) both of Swedesboro, NJ. His brothers, Kenneth Randell (Bourbonnais, IL) and John Randell (Romeoville, IL). Grandchildren: Ryan Randell, Rachel Randell, Holly Chambers, Ethan John Chambers, Andrew Lerario and Samantha Lee Lerario.
Predeceased by: His father, Arthur Lee Randell, Sr., Mother, Dollie Hasper Randell, Mother, Bessie Peavler Randell, brother Brian Randell.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Arthur may be sent to Crozer Keystone Hospice at Taylor Hospital. 175 E Chester Pike, Ridley Park, PA 19078.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:15am
    When
    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
    Location
    Saint Mark's Lutheran Church
    Address
    628 E. Chester Pike
    Ridley Park, PA. 19078
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  • Service

    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Saint Mark's Lutheran Church
    Address
    628 E. Chester Pike
    Ridley Park, PA. 19078
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  • Interment

    Location
    Private

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Mahdis Sarrafi MD

Posted at 08:40am
It was truly a pleasure getting to know Mr. Randell. The sun has set on an amazing life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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To Heather and family With our deepest sympathies
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With deepest sympathy. Sending thoughts of Love and Peace. Darci Lynn, Donna, Andalushia and Declan
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Sharon Lerario

Posted at 11:57am
My memories of Dad – in no particular order…
Whistling – boy did he love to whistle
Reading – he really loved to read and could really tune you out when he did
Dad loved listening to music and watching movies – I guess that’s where I get it from. I remember using his reel to reel to listen to West Side Story as a kid.
We had lots of chores growing up. It was either work outside or inside. Picking up monkey balls that were stuck in the mud was my personal favorite. Living on a corner house was not ideal for being on dog duty.
He showed me how to change a tire in the parking lot of Albert’s Organics
He would pick me up from work at McDonalds by ordering me thru the drive thru
His attention to detail was immeasurable – I guess that was the Engineer in him
His workbench in the basement was a thing of beauty. Every tool imaginable
He loved his cars – “Always wanted to buy a car on a Monday night”
He owned a beautiful blue Z28 Camaro. I always drew the short straw and got to sit on the hump in the backseat
He shaved in the bathroom at 944 Kelly Ave with the door open, KYW blasting. Finished off shaving with a splash of Lagerfeld aftershave
Holding his hand in church – he would stretch his fingers and play a game with you. Always always had a mint during the sermon.
I can still smell the black coffee from the red thermos he would drink while we drove across the country to visit family in Illinois and Iowa in our station wagon.
We loved visiting dad and mom’s families
Sitting Indian style on the family room floor
Loving my mother with all of his heart – he bought her flowers often just because
Countless trips to Lancaster/Reading to shop, eat lunch and just drive through the beautiful countryside
Showing up in a Santa costume at our house to surprise the kids and tell them he was watching them (I think Andrew caught on…)
Standing at the end of the counter at his house resting his elbows on the counter. That was his spot.
His chocolate – it’s everywhere in the house
His dislike of casseroles
His sayings - boy he had a ton of them. My kids know them all, as they should. They will keep them going, Dad.
He loved his grandkids so much and was so proud of them all.
Wawa coffee and a paper on Saturday mornings
And one of my favorite memories that I will end with…I can still remember waiting for him to come home from work, greeting him as he pulled up on the side of the house in the Dodge Dart.
I love you Dad! We got your messages already! Jeopardy will always be on at 7❤️
Love you to the moon and back

Sharon (your imp)



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