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W. Randall

June 29, 1922 — April 14, 2015

Wayne “Clark” Randall
1922 – 2015

Our beloved father, grandfather and friend, Wayne Clark Randall, passed from this life on earth to life in Heaven peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital on April 14, 2015. He was enjoying his 92nd year of life, and in his final hours was surrounded by those he loved.

Clark was born in Woodbine, Kansas to Wayne Pearson and Leah Carson Randall. The family moved to Osage City, Kansas, where he graduated from high school and then attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. His college years were interrupted by World War II during which he enlisted in the Air Force and served in Iwo Jima, departing the service as a Captain after the war ended. He returned to college to finish his undergraduate degree in Business at The University of Kansas in 1947, and to earn his MBA from Harvard University in 1949. He was a professor at KU for one year, followed by seven years of employment at Vitacraft Corporation. In 1957, Clark was hired by Hallmark Cards, beginning his career as Staff Assistant to the Executive Vice President. He held various positions before being named Vice President in 1972. He was instrumental in the growth of the company during his tenure, and on June 30, 1987 – 30 years after he first walked the halls of Hallmark knowing nothing about the greeting card industry – Clark Randall retired as the Corporate Vice President of Product Development, having shaped and guided and grown all of the then 21 product lines distributed under the Hallmark name. Just as important, he shaped and guided and grew the hundreds of people who worked for and with him. If you ask any of them, they will be hard pressed to say if his greater legacy was the contribution he made to their life as an individual or to the growth of Hallmark Cards as a company.

Upon retirement, Clark and his wife of 54 years, Lenore (who preceded him in death in 2003) enjoyed traveling, playing golf, playing bridge and spending time with family. They took annual vacations to Hawaii for 20+ consecutive years and enjoyed escaping the Midwestern winters for the sun’s warmth at their Daytona Beach, Florida home.

Clark and his family were active members of Old Mission United Methodist Church where he served on the board and taught Sunday school classes for dozens of years. In his later years, he attended Village Presbyterian Church. His servant’s heart was unquenchable as is evidenced by his record of service to several organizations: Trustee of Baker University, Illinois Wesleyan and Saint Paul School of Theology; Chairman of the Baker University Board and Saint Paul School of Theology Board as well as several committees. He appeared as Visiting Professor and Marketing Executive on Campus at both Kansas University and Indiana University and presented a paper on “Developing New Products” to Management Horizons in London, England. He also served on the boards of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the United Methodist Publishing House.

Completely devoted and true to cause, Clark was a humble man who always wanted to give credit for his successes to others. Yet greater than his service to many organizations, was his investment of time in people. He has a multitude of friends from all walks of life, and no one he ever met stayed a stranger for more than five seconds. A genuine people person – his concern and caring attitude for people was evident as he tirelessly gave of himself to others in the workplace, boardroom, private living rooms and hallways of life, extending warmth and friendliness wherever he went. His positive and enthusiastic manner combined with his strong morals, values and ethics guided him in all of his decisions and conversations. He was compassionate and generous; he had unending optimism and was always affirming. He saw the good in everyone- always. Clark Randall was a true gentleman and remains an example of all that is good and right in a person.

Clark is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Randall Carson and husband, Larry, of Fountain Hills, Arizona; his son, Wayne D. “Randy” Randall and wife, Lisa, of Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren: Scott, Lauren, Christopher and Katelin and his dear late life companion, Muffet Triggs.

A memorial service will be held 10:00AM, June 6th, 2015 at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208. To share or leave online condolences, please visit www.overlandparkchapel.com



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