VeteranRandall Furnace, Pekin Announcer, Dies At 39

Randall (Randy) Furnace, 39, program director for Pekin radio station WSIV and former Astoria resident, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Pekin Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted Mar. 30 after suffering a heart seizure at the station. He suffered two additional attacks before his death.

Furnace, a Pekin resident for eight years, lived at 1503 N. Tenth St.

He was born October 4, 1922, at Astoria, the son of Clarence and Della Clark Furnace. He married Madelyn Bryant in Astoria Oct. 30, 1943, and she survives.

Also surviving are his parents of Astoria; a daughter Randi, 12, at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Webb of Bushnell and Mrs. Hildred Thompson of Macomb. A sister, Gwendolyn, preceded him in death.

An Army veteran of World War II, Furnace had served as an announcer for various stations in Peoria, Canton, Macomb and Springfield.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the E. U. B. Church in Astoria with the Rev. James H. Welsch and Rev. Fred S. Gross officiating. Burial was in the Astoria cemetery. Pallbearers were Jack Heflin, Bill Cassel, Bob Webb, Roy Lee Merrill, Charles Leib and Bill Camp of Astoria. Mrs. Deloris Webb was organist.

The many beautiful floral offerings and the large crowd in attendance were a fitting tribute to his memory.

Kueck's Funeral Home of Pekin was in charge of the services.


Published in the Astoria Argus-Searchlight on 4/11/1962


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