Bruce Randles, 91, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, while in the Greenbrier Valley Hospital.
He was born Bruce Clark Randles in Roscoe, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Coshocton.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the beginning of WWII and served in the Pacific Theater as a C 47 pilot. After the war, he went to Ohio State University where he met and married Betty Shepherd. During the Korean conflict, he was recalled to active duty in the Air Force and retired in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel from Langley AFB in Hampton, VA, after serving around the world. He worked for the Newport News Shipyard and, later, the Army at Fort Monroe, VA, before retiring to Lewisburg in 1976.
Bruce was pre-deceased by his wife of 53 years, Betty; and is survived by his son, Matthew Randles of Lewisburg and his daughter, Tucker Wilcox (husband Floyd) of Hampton, VA; and nieces, Julie Tumblin of Houston, TX and Linda Parsons of Houston, TX.
Bruce, as well as Betty, was a supporter of the Lewisburg library and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. A man of many interests, he particularly enjoyed wood working and vegetable gardening. After his wife’s death, he became a frequent member of the audience at the Greenbrier Valley Theater where he was a lover of big band music. He was also a supporter of the Greenbrier County Public Library.
There will be no funeral as he donated his body to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. A memorial will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Greenbrier County Public Library.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.
Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.