Tribune-Courier General Manager
Russ Randall, who many called the lifeblood of the Republican party in Marshall County, died Saturday at the age of 67 following an illness.
Randall had recently been diagnosed with amyloid, a rare condition that causes abnormal proteins to build up in various organs of the body.
Randall, originally from Omaha, NE, had moved to Marshall County in 1992. For much of the time since relocating to the county he had worked alongside his wife Barb to promote Conservative values across western Kentucky.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield issued a statement through his district director, Michael Pape: “He was a gem of a person, and a true leader for the Republican party here in the first Congressional district.
“He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He helped pave the way for the growth of our Republican party in western Kentucky.”
Randall served as chairman of the Marshall County Republican Party and was former chairman of the 1st Congressional District Republican committee.
Randall, a Vietnam War veteran, lived in Gilbertsville, and was owner and broker of Park Avenue Properties Realty.
Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. today at Pathway Baptist Church in Calvert City, where he served as a deacon.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ky Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch or to the Pathway Baptist Church building fund.
Misti Drew, friend and mentor of Randall, said he had focused the final days of his life to bring about improvements at the Sheriff’s Ranch.
Drew said it is too early to speculate who might step in to fill Randall’s shoes in the Marshall County GOP.