Dr. Gary L. Randolph M.D., age 76, of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 12:49 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home following a one-year illness.
Gary was born Feb. 1, 1938 in McPherson. Following graduation from McPherson High School in 1956, Gary graduated from Kansas State University with his bachelor’s degree.
He graduated from Kansas University Medical School in 1964 and served his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Gary served his country in the U. S. Air Force as a flight surgeon, including two years in “Area 51,” and was discharged with the rank of captain.
He then moved to the Anaheim and Auburn, Calif., areas where he worked in emergency medicine and family practice. Gary moved to Joplin in 1996 where he worked at St. John’s Regional Medical Center Emergency Room. Prior to his illness, Gary was working at the Mercy Convenient Care at 13th and Rangeline.
Gary loved flying and had his private pilot’s license, and enjoyed flying remote control airplanes.
He was a member of a College Heights Christian Church Home Group and recently committed his life to the Lord.
Gary married Sue Maurer on Jan. 8, 1966, in Prairie Village, Kan., and she survives.
Additional survivors include one daughter, Stephanie Wilson and husband Todd, Wichita; two grandchildren, Shane and Luke Wilson; one sister, Suzann Stuart and husband Greg, Council Grove, Kan.; one brother, Ron Randolph and wife Linda, Lafayette, La.; four nephews, Mark and Brent Lehner, and Dan and Greg Randolph; a niece, Jenni Skipper; and a special Aunt, Pat Randolph, Liberty, Mo.
The family would like to thank all those who cared for Gary in the Mercy system: the hospital, infusion center, physical therapy and hospice; and all the friends and family whose outpouring of love for Gary has carried them through this journey and shown them the love of Christ.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at the College Heights Christian Church Worship Center with Ed Hahn, minister, officiating.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3 prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to House of Hope, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd., Joplin, MO 64804.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin, Mo.