Randy G. McFarlin was born June 4, 1951, in Ava, MO to Robert and Joyce (Keeton) McFarlin. He passed from this life on September 24, 2020 in Houston, Missouri.
His smile and friendly greeting to all he met, as he ran his milk route beginning in February of 1980, made him well known in the community. The kids on the route loved to see him pull in the drive. He always kept bubble gum in the truck for them. Randy and kids just went together!
Growing up in a large family, he learned to enjoy quiet and solitude. “Truck driving was in his blood,” his family would say. He drove a truck for many years, bearing that out. Randy enjoyed dairy farming and the outdoors as well as spending time with his family, whom he loved above all else. He passed his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren, taking them fishing, camping, and playing in the creek. He had a wicked, sharp sense of humor, was curious about things of all kinds, and had an amazing memory. There were so many places and people he remembered from his childhood. He’d say, “I remember him. I used to pick up his milk.” Or, “We went to school together. His sister married so and so and had 3 kids. They lived over that way.” His recollections were endless.
Randy loved to read, put together puzzles and work word games to keep his mind active. He loved to play games, like Cards Against Humanity, with family and friends. He was a prankster with an infectious laugh and a creative mind.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Brandy, brother Roger, and sister Arlene.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Margaret.
He was the loving father of four daughters: Shelly McFarlin and fiancée Court, Jennifer Myers-Jones, Julia Myers and Jillian Fussner, as well as one son and his wife, Brian and Heather McFarlin. He also leaves six grandchildren: Jackie, Darrell, Zachary, Katlyn, Caleb and Dakota. He is also survived by nine brothers: Bobby, Clinton, Richard, Ronald, Otis, Phillip, Francis, Larry and Terry.
His big smile, and even bigger personality, will be missed by family and friends.
Private services will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorial donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Children’s Mercy Hospital in KC, MO.
Cremation and all services are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home.
On July 5, 1942, in Auburn, Washington, Frank and Anne Marie (Parkerson) Tost welcomed Ronald Gene into the world. On September 18, 2020, Ron left this world at his home in Ava, MO with his wife Teresa by his side.
Ron was the head custodian at Enumclaw High School, Southwood, and Sunrise Elementary School. At that time he was PSE Union president for the Enumclaw School District. He was a paid/volunteer firefighter for the Enumclaw and Cumberland Washington Fire Departments, and the assistant fire chief in Alaska where he also worked for 30 years serving as an EMT-B.
Ron saw many changes in the media and electronic industry. When he started operating the Tost TV and Appliance business in Ava he worked with huge TV sets with a lot of tubes, from that he witnessed the rise in the internet and large screen TV's. He loved to spend his time with Ham radios and radio operators as they helped people through disasters and difficulties. His call signs KØRGT could always be counted on when there was a need. He was President of the DCAR radio club and ARES® Emergency Coordinator for Douglas County and District Emergency Coordinator for Region G. His need to help people was also shown by his work in law enforcement with the Ava City Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Office being the first City Police officer carrying a commission with the Douglas County Sheriff's office. For many years he volunteered as the Emergency Management Director for the city of Ava and Douglas County. He proudly served citizens of the region with the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Ava Lions Club even serving as President.
In his spare time, Ron enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, and sister-in-law Connie.
He will be missed by his wife Teresa, of the home. Two sons Tony (Leigh), Los Angeles, Ca; John, Washington, and a daughter Michelle (Rob) Gosselin from New Hampshire. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Jeremy, and Stephanie of Washington State, Rachel from Idaho, Ryan from New Hampshire, and Simon and Wyatt of Los Angeles, California. He also left nine great-grandchildren Elijah, Brooklyn, Erame, Madelyn Paisley, and Serenity all from Washington State, and Anika, Claire, and Easton from Idaho. He will also be missed by many Ham operator friends, fellow firefighters, and the Ava folks who saw him scooting around town in his electric wheelchair.
A special thank you to Three Rivers Hospice for the wonderful care they took to Ron.
A celebration of Ron's life will be held at 2:00 September 29, 2020, at the Cross Point Church in Ava, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the family, DCAR ham radio club, or the Ava City Fire Department.
Cremation and all arrangements are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at avafamilyfunerlahome.com
In accordance with CDC guidelines we will be asking for all those attending the service wear masks, if possible, and social distance as much as possible during the service. For those not able to attend the service will be lived streamed on the Cross Point Church facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cpcavamo as well as the Ava Family Funeral Home page at facebook.com/avafamilyfuneralhome.