Valera Jo's Story
Boulder, Colo., resident Valera Randall died peacefully on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Louisville, Colo.
She was born Valera Jo Kehn on the family farm in Major County, Ringwood, Nov. 11, 1928, in a Mennonite community.
The daughter of Clyde Kehn and Susie Kehn, Val had two sisters, Wynona, and her twin Obera.
Valera and her sister Obera were Helena High School basketball stars and played in the Kansas state championship. Val graduated from Helena High School in 1947.
She learned banking in Helena prior to moving to Enid, where she took a position at the First National Bank.
She stayed in Enid until the age of twenty-one, when she met Bruce Carlton Randall while he was stationed in the Army Air Corps. On March 11, 1950, Valera and Bruce married.
After marrying, Valera, "Val," as she preferred, embraced a zest for travel, even as her family grew. During his service, Val and Bruce crisscrossed the United States and Europe all while raising 5 children, then gaining a sixth when they settled in Boulder, Colo.
The travel bug didn't leave Val and Bruce throughout their 67 year marriage. During retirement, they set off for Alaska, Canada and South America via RV and cruise ships, and managed to take along grandchildren at times.
Their love of Alaska led them to serve as camp hosts, generating many great stories of fellow campers and wildlife encounters.
Val was a loving wife and caring mother, watching over her children and grandchildren throughout their lives. She showed the true definition of unconditional love.
She was a working mom, maintaining a position at Neo Data in the subscription processing department, until her retirement in the 1990's.
Val was a breast cancer survivor. The family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. at https://Donate.NationalBreastCancer.org.
Preceding her in death were two infant sons, her sister Obera Ging, and her brother Clayton Kehn .
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Bruce, of Boulder, Colo., her children; Mike Randall and his wife Julie of Sacramento, Calif., Pat Randall and his wife Karen of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Mark Randall and his wife Misha of Seattle, Wa., Scott Randall and his wife Karen of Westminster, Colo., Ann Szeligowski and her husband Paul of Niwot, Colo., and Richard Randall of Boulder, Colo.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Hanan Boyd and her husband Joe, Tarik Randall, Chris Randall and his wife Christina, Eric Randall, Lindsay Randall, Matthew Reed, Nicholas Szeligowski, Veronica Randall and Clair Ericson.
Four great-grandchildren, Cody Randall, Lilli Randall, Marron Boyd, and Ryhs Boyd. She is also survived by her sister Wynona Unruh of Great Bend, Kan., and many nieces nephews and cousins.
There will be a visitation with the family 4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.
A funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017, at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette. Cremation will take place after the funeral. Internment is at a later date, in Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Colo.
Friends may share condolences online with the family at www.DarrellHoweMortuary.com.
Published on June 2, 2017