Randell B. Hines
September 22, 1944 – December 20, 2020
Randell (Randy) Brian Hines was born in Charleston, West Virginia on Friday, September 22, 1944 to Carl Arless Hines and Margaret Alice Hall. He passed away on December 20, 2020.
He attended McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida and thereafter joined the United States Air Force and was assigned to the Tactical Air Command and Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. His USAF service began during the Vietnam conflict and the subsequent war. Although at that time he experienced the political ineffectiveness and citizens unrest and disrespect toward the military and servicemen in Vietnam, he was always very proud of his Air Force service and accomplishments. He belonged to the Air Force’s Wild Weasel Group and received several medals and Letters of Congratulations and Letters of Appreciation from superior Officers with the ranks of General; Lieutenant General; Major General and Lieutenant Colonel. After leaving the Air Force he remained in contact with his Air Force buddies and continued his interest and involvement with jet aircraft and flying.
Upon returning to civilian life Randy became involved in the water utilities and treatment industry. He first worked at the City of Pembroke Pines for several years and thereafter move to Jupiter to take a position with the Town of Jupiter at the Water Utilities Department as Superintendent of Water System. While at the Water Utilities Department, using his management and operational techniques, with the support of dedicated employees, they saved the Town of Jupiter millions of dollars within ten years of his employment. During the development of the department’s reverse osmosis treatment plant, Randy was involved with meetings of engineers from Belize, Spain, Netherlands, Japan and many other countries that were attempting to learn the Town of Jupiter’s treatment methods in order to provide their citizens with safe and clean water. The Town of Jupiter Water Utilities Department was awarded many exemplary awards from State, Federal and Industry organizations for safe and quality water. He remained at the Town of Jupiter for 23 years until choosing to semi-retire.
During semiretirement, Randy took a position at the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority in which he employed those same operational techniques and treatment methods he used at the Town of Jupiter. Those methods as well saved the Aqueduct Authority several hundred thousand dollars each year. They still used those same techniques years after Randy decided to fully retire. The time spent living in the Florida Keys was a great experience.
Randy was outstanding in the sport of billiards. He played in tournaments in and out of the State of Florida and was well known for his skill and abilities, playing with such notable professional players as Steve Mizerak. He was also well known and had a reputation among friends and local pool players. Randy received many winning trophies for his pool shooting skills, so many they required their own storage cabinet. Randy tried the sport of fishing over the years, but was less fortunate. It was a standing joke with everyone that “if you wanted to go fishing to catch fish, don’t bring Randy along”! Since leaving the Air Force, he furthered his interest in jet aircraft. He obtained his pilot’s license and many of his friends were either pilots, in the Air Force, or in the jet aircraft industry. He was educated in chemistry, physics, astrophysics, quantum mechanics. He greatly enjoyed the space program. Randy was a patriot and gave a lot of attention to politics and the society of today. He said that freedom does not come freely and you have to work at keeping your freedoms. You have to preserve the U.S. Constitution that was written by some very wise men over 200 years ago. Randy was a very intelligent, honorable individual and was respected by many who knew him.
Randy was married to Elaine Hines for 47 years, but together almost 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Hines; a son, Jeffrey Hines; a daughter, Stephanie Hines O’Sullivan; son-in-Law, Jeremiah O’Sullivan; granddaughter, Savannah O’Sullivan; brother, Michael Hines; sister-in-Law, Jeannie Hines; father-in-Law, Gordon Swenson, and nieces, nephews and many cousins.
Randy is predeceased by his mother and father; recently his sister, Carla Hines Pepper and mother-in-law, Anna Swenson.
The family would be pleased to have donations made to the Wounded Warrior or USO Organizations.
There will be a Memorial and Military Honors Ceremony is being held for Randy.
When: Friday, January 22, 2021 Time: 11:00 a.m. (please arrive one half hour prior so as not to delay ceremony) Location: South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 South State Road 7 (US 441 S.), Lake Worth, FL 33449. When arriving, drive into Approach Lane #3. The Memorial and Ceremony will last one half hour.
The United States Air Force Honor Guard and American Legion will conduct the Honors Ceremony and United States Air Force jets flyover has been requested.
Memorial and Military Honors Ceremony
South Florida National Cemetery
Randell B. Hines
January 8, 2021
Dear Elaine and family,
Joe and I extend our heartfelt condolences and will be with you in spirit on the 22nd as you celebrate the life of a true patriot. We are grateful for his service to our country and all that he did for the communities he served.
It was always a pleasure to be with Randy and see the twinkle in his eyes as he looked at Elaine! May he Rest In Peace.