Randall L Packer

Born: Fri., Feb. 1, 1952
Died: Sat., Sep. 1, 2018


Visitation

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 04, 2018
Location: Carney-Frost Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Sep. 05, 2018
Location: Brighton Chapel


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Randall L. Packer, age 66, of Howe, Indiana, passed away at his home on Saturday, September 1, 2018. He was born on February 1, 1952 in DuBois, Pennsylvania, to Robert & Esther (Spencer) Packer. He married Nancy (Frost) Denney on June 29, 2010 in LaGrange, IN. She survives him in Howe, IN.  Randy’s life was dedicated to his love of healthcare, music and community service. Randy graduated from DuBois Area High School in 1970 and Houghton College in 1974, where he majored in Music Education. He later attended Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN, where he graduated in 1993 Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Divinity. Randy taught music at Wheaton Christian Academy (Wheaton, IL) and Scottsdale Christian Academy (Scottsdale, AZ). He used his talents leading music ministries at churches he attended. Eventually this passion to serve led him to the mission field where he spent two years in Singapore with his family. While in Singapore, Randy led a music ministry for seven churches where he taught and directed choirs. He later led a US-tour of a Singaporean choral group. Randy began his professional involvement in the healthcare field in 1979 as one of the founders of DuSan Ambulance Service in DuBois, PA with his brother, Doug Packer. He went on to serve on the board of directors and as a volunteer EMT. From there, he went on to serve in a variety of positions in the healthcare field, including as a Chaplain for Kosciusko Community Hospital, an Emergency Room orderly, and working for the Eye Bank in Fort Wayne where he performed eye and tissue removals. Randy served as a Deputy Coroner of Kosciusko County and LaGrange County for many years. He was most recently employed at Parkview LaGrange Hospital as a Social Worker until he retired in 2016.  Randy was an asset to all the communities in which he lived. He was a member of and volunteer for a variety of not-for-profit organizations. Throughout his career he led a number of support groups for various ages and circumstances, including a grief group for children, Alzheimer’s and Stroke support groups and many others. A pastor for many years at Oak Park Evangelical Free Church, he went on to serve as the President of the Kosciusko County Ministerial Association. He later served on the Board of Directors for the LaGrange County Council on Aging, Elijah Haven and the Farm Project.   A generous and kind man, anyone who knew Randy knew that he had a great sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh, with his specialty as a “corny joke” teller. He enjoyed going on cruises, camping with family, golf, and cheering for his western Pennsylvania teams: the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Nittany Lions. He loved Trivia Night and was very competitive.  He is survived by his wife, three sons – Nathan (Amy) Packer of Nashville, TN, Chris (Carlotta) Denney of Fort Myers, FL, and Chad (Beth) Denney of Elizabethtown, KY, two daughters – Kelly (Diego) Basalo of Warsaw, IN, and Kelli Shelton of Elizabethtown, KY, one brother – Doug (Julie) Packer of Sierra Vista, AZ, and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.  Viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday September 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Brighton Chapel Church in Howe, IN, with Pastor Rustin Krapfl officiating.  According to his wishes, cremation will take place. Memorials may be given to the LaGrange County Council on Aging,  410 Central Ave., LaGrange, IN  46761 or to the Farm Project, PO Box 76, LaGrange, IN  46761.  On-line condolences may be sent at www.carneyfrostfuneralhome.com. Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN, is handling the arrangements.

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Kelly Graden
   Posted Sun September 02, 2018
Nancy,
So sorry to hear about your loss. Randy was so good with working with my students. He was an advocate not only for them and their education but for so many in the community. God Bless.
Kelly Graden
Impact Institute

Jennie Short
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
I had the pleasure of working with Randy when he was in case management at Parkview LaGrange. We also had many talks about coroner work as I serve as a deputy in DeKalb County. Randy was a really wonderful man with a great work ethic and big heart. I am very, very sorry for your loss.
Jennie Short

CP and Prabha Patel
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Dear Nancy Packer
We have many memories that we can talk about. We have many stories that we can recall. We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
CP and Prabha Patel

Chittaranjan Patel
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by CP and Prabha Patel.

Dear Nancy Packer We have many memories that we can talk about. We have many stories that we can recall. We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. CP and Prabha Patel


Christina Blaskie
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
Nancy and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Christina

Joshua Whittington
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
With love and sympathy I am thinking of you during your time of sadness. May your hearts be filled with joy at the differences Randy has made in his community.
Joshua D. Whittington
Fountain County Coroner

Tammy Weldon
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
Nancy & Family~

Randy was definitely one of a kind as you very well know. He had a heart of gold who would help anyone in need. He will be missed walking the halls of the hospital, telling jokes to everyone he came in contact with. I, often times, heard the very same joke MULTIPLE times over the course of a day or a week but the smile on his face was always well worth listening to the same joke over and over. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. There is no doubt Randy is dancing the streets of gold and telling jokes to everyone he meets in heaven. :)

Tammy

Tony Ciriello
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
Randy will be missed as a true friend and colleague. Randy was an asset to us during his time in the Kosciusko County Coroner's Office.

Jim Kelly
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
Nancy,
I can't tell you how sorry I am about your loss. Randy was one of the best people I have ever known and I am proud to say we were friends. He will be greatly missed by me. You and I both know that the legacy he leaves is not only a wonderful family but also LaGrange as a better place because of him. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

Jim Kelly

Claudia minor
   Posted Wed September 05, 2018
Nancy i am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and the family.

Gloria Combs
   Posted Wed September 05, 2018
My heart is sadden with the loss of Randy for you and his family. He was such a dynamic individual, so very sincere in is love of God, family and friends. He has a Golden Chair in Heaven and will be organizing many things that we will all be touched by. He had helped me through some difficult times while working at Parkview LaGrange. Truly was an Angel here on earth and now forever in Heaven.

Dennis Harp
   Posted Fri September 14, 2018
Nancy and Family,

Randy had an enormous impact as a social worker at Parkview, numerous non-for-profit organizations, and with his mission work. He cared! He always returned a phone call. He never complained. I am a better person for observing and listening to Randy's words of wisdom. I hope you take comfort in knowing he doesn't have to suffer and is with our creator.

Dennis Harp
Glendive, Montana

Terry Zabel
   Posted Sun September 30, 2018
Dear Nancy, Jackie and I were very saddened to see that Randy had passed. We had heard he was not well. But were unaware that he was gone. I cannot describe how helpful he was along with yourself when I was sick in the summer of 2013. If you remember I had surgery for an intestinal blockage but my intestines never got going again. I left Lagrange hospital and went to Kalamazoo then to Cleveland. I was able to start eating again after three months. While at Lagrange Randy, you , and the rest of the staff were fantastic to me. I will never be able to Thank Randy, you or the rest of the staff for your kindness. He was also very helpful when my parents were in failing health also. Thank You Again, Terry and jackie

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