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Randall 'Randy' Willis Rabe, formerly of Marion

  • Randall "Randy" Willis Rabe

    Randall "Randy" Willis Rabe

Posted on 6/16/2022, 10:18 AM

Mr. Randall "Randy" Willis Rabe, 78, went to be with the Lord in his Concord, North Carolina home on Monday, June 13, 2022.

Randy was born on Oct. 1, 1943 in Oakland, Nebraska to the late Muriel Strand Rabe and Willis Rabe.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Anita Tietjen; his brother, Barry Rabe; and his daughter, Jamie Marie Rabe, who died in infancy.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 31 years, Sharon Yvonne (Cole) Rabe; daughter Debbie Cole (wife Lisa Compton) of Concord, North Carolina; son, Don Cole (wife Paula) of Commerce, Michigan; a sister, Carrie Rabe of Wichita, Kansas; special friends Judy and Johnny Call of Farmville, Virginia; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Randy was a proud graduate of the University of Nebraska and was an avid Cornhusker football fan. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he honorably served in Vietnam as a communications specialist.

When he was a resident of Marion, Illinois, he met his future wife Sharon and became a dad to her children, Debbie and Don.

Randy was retired after a successful career as a territory manager with Reinke Irrigation. He had a wonderful knack for figuring out things and solving problems. One of his passions was refurbishing his treasured 1979 MGB. Besides spending time with his family and friends, he had a deep faith in God. He was a faithful believer who never missed a day of Sunday school for 13 years in his youth.

A memorial service for Randy Rabe will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022 at Wilkinson Funeral Home Chapel in Concord, North Carolina, officiated by the Rev. Rick Durham and with Navy Honors. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.

Memorials are requested to be given to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

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