Randall Gene Knolhoff, age 72, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 10:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at Odin Healthcare Center in Odin, Illinois. He was born on March 9, 1950, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of Herbert Fred and Edna A. (Schroeder) Knolhoff.
Randall is survived by his loving family; brothers, Delbert Knolhoff and wife Judy of Elyria, Ohio, and brother, Verlin Knolhoff and wife Rita of Sandoval, Illinois; sisters, Lois Carmickle of Hoffman, Illinois, and Sara Knolhoff of Centralia, Illinois; sister-in-law, Debbie Knolhoff of Hoffman, Illinois; uncle, Larvin Schroeder and wife Margie of Chatham, Illinois; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.
Randall was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Knolhoff and Edna Knolhoff; brothers, Mark A. Knolhoff and Leland N. Knolhoff; paternal grandparents, Martin Knolhoff and Lydia (Buchholz) Knolhoff: and maternal grandparents, Ferdinend “Fred” Schroeder and Wilhemine (Hoffman) Schroeder.
At a younger age in his life, Randall was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoffman, Illinois, where he was baptized and confirmed in the church. He was a former member of the Hoffman Volunteer Fire Department. As he was growing up, Randall was known to tinker with his hands and fix old televisions and radios. He enjoyed being out on the road riding his Gold Wing Motorcycle, and at one time rode with his brothers to Colorado. He can be seen riding his bicycle all over town, either to the grocery stores or to visit his family. He liked quenching his thirst with a cold beer and smoking his cigarettes. He had a strong love for potatoes all through his life, if he ran out of them, he was known to go out to the garden for one. Randall was a kindhearted man who would give you the shirt off his back and he was always helping people out at their time of need. He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. Randall’s favorite saying was “OH YEAH”.
Randall retired in 2015 from Swan Corporation in Centralia, Illinois, after fifteen years of service as an electrician in the machine maintenance department. He was previously employed as an electrician in the machine maintenance department with Leaf Candy Company in Centralia, Illinois for several years, as an appliance technician with Woolford-Marsh Appliance Sales and Services in Centralia, Illinois, for three years, as an appliance technician for Centralia Mart in Centralia, Illinois, for six years, and in the late 70’s as troubleshoot technician for RCA Manufacturing Company in Bloomington, Indiana, for several years until the plant closed. In his younger years, Randall worked in the fields, planted the garden, and helped maintain machinery on the family farm. He has lived in Centralia, Illinois, since 1980, and formerly lived in Bloomington, Indiana, and Hoffman, Illinois.
Graveside Services for Mr. Randall Gene Knolhoff will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Hoffman, Illinois, with Pastor Brett Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Hoffman, Illinois. Friends are invited to visit with Mr. Knolhoff’s family from 10:00 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoffman. The family asked that you dress casually when you pay your respects to Randall and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made in Mr. Knolhoff’s honor are suggested and may be received by the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home at 134 South Elm Street in Centralia, Illinois. Please view the online obituary, send condolences or share memories with Mr. Knolhoff’s family at www.moranfuneralhome.net.
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