Obit: Rand, Gary L. (1944 - 2012)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Rand, Doehr, Croucher, Scott, Ramker, Heimstead

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 1/09/2013

Rand, Gary L. (28 September 1944 - 25 December 2012) With Flag

Gary L. Rand, 68, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at his home with family by his side.

Gary Rand, one of nine, was born in Chicago Sept. 28, 1944, to Pearl and Milton Rand. He joined the U. S. Army in 1962 and served as a foreign exchange soldier in Europe. He was sent to Vietnam twice, where he received two Purple Hearts, was stationed in Alaska with an airborne company, and lastly, in Minnesota working with ROTC until retiring in 1985. He married Becky Doehr in 1969 in Wisconsin. They were active members of Avon Community Church.

After retiring from the military, Gary attended St. Cloud State University and graduated in 1988 with an associate’s degree in elective studies. He then attended St. Cloud Vo-Tech and graduated in 1990 with a degree in construction.

Gary is survived by his wife Becky of Avon; children Jonathon Rand of St. Cloud, and Heather (Steven) Croucher of Leavenworth, KS; grandson Samuel Croucher; and brothers and sisters, Howard (Carol) of Marshfield, David (Kazuko) of Shawano, Mark (Diane) of Spencer, Terry (Sharon of Willard, Marilyn (Johnny) Scott of Radcliff, KY, Eugene of Anderson, CA and Betty (Randy) Ramker of Marshfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Estelle Heimstead.

Funeral services celebrating Gary’s life were held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Avon Community Church.

Per Gary’s request, memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.





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