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.