Charles G. Randle

December 5, 1921March 23, 2013
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Colonel Charles G. Randle


1921 - 2013

Colonel Charles G. Randle, USAF Ret., died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the age of 91.

Charlie was born December 5, 1921, to George Sidney Randle and Iva Noll Randle, in St. Joseph, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Connie, and his sons Larry Guess (m. Sheila, deceased), Steve (m. Suzanne), Denny (m. Susie), Dan (m. Sharon), Robert (m. Ellen), and Rodney (m. Connie); and nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren.

He grew up in Kansas City and in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he graduated high school. He worked in Kansas City as an iron worker until the United States entered World War II. Volunteering for the Army Air Corps, Charlie graduated pilot training at Kelly Field, Texas, in October 1943, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He transitioned into flying Martin B-26 bombers and as an instructor Pilot in B-26s at Barksdale Field in Shreveport, Louisiana. During this time, he met Corinne Tacon and married her on December 9, 1944. He then left for the European Theater of Operations, where he flew bombing missions during the final assault on Nazi Germany. Charlie and his crew were forced to bail out of his stricken aircraft over the front lines in March 1945. After his discharge in 1946, Charlie was a restaurateur, along with his parents, until he was recalled to active duty by the US air Force in 1953 during the Korean Conflict.

Charlie and Connie enjoyed the Air Force life, so he accepted a Regular Commission and made the Air Force his career. Assignments followed in North Africa, Germany and many states of the US. He also served a combat tour in Vietnam, Flying C-123 cargo aircraft His final Air Force assignment was at the Pentagon. He retired in 1973 and subsequently moved to Gulf Breeze.

Charlie enjoyed his retirement years fishing and being active in the Daedalians Association and the Elks Lodge of Pensacola Beach #497, where he was Chairman of their annual blood drives, until the depredations of Alzheimer's disease slowed him down.

Charlie truly was a member of the Greatest Generation - made strong by growing up during the Great Depression - a patriot proud of his long and distinguished military service. He was the personification of "Duty, Honor, Country."

Visitation will be held at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm. Services for Colonel Randle will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with entombment at Bayview Memorial Park. If you wish to remember Charlie beyond your thoughts and prayers, the family suggests a donation to the Alzheimer's Association at

BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL, 3351 Scenic Highway is entrusted with the arrangements.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 28, 2013

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DeWayne Ray

March 31, 2013

Rodney & Robert, just heard from my parents about your Dad's passing. He was a great person and fun to be around. It's sad to me that we must leave the "old home town" and live life not being around great men like your dad, on an everyday basis. My prayers are with you all & family. I hope to see him again someday.

Vickie Maxwell

March 29, 2013

Robert and Ellen, my prayers are with y'all and the rest of the family in the passing of your Dad.

John Broxson

March 28, 2013

Col.Randle will be missed by all who loved and knew him and also those, like me, who lived through WW2. I was a child of 9 when the war began, but recall following the action closely during this world conflict. I was an ardent hero worshiper of the men and women who directly participated in that horrible world conflagration. Soon all those great heroes will be gone and their voices will be silenced. As long as I live I hope I will be able to appreciate the valor and patriotism of these great Americans.
My heart goes out to those left behind by his departure from this life.

JoAnn Rose

March 28, 2013

Thoughts and prayers are with you Robert & Ellen. My deepest sympathy.

JoAnn (Robert's Relay Wife)

March 28, 2013

We were sorry to hear of Charlie Randle's passing. He was always a gentleman, veteran and a great Elk. He will be missed. Please accept our sympathy for your family's loss.

Rick & Patti VerMehren
Gulf Breeze, FL

Don Stevens

March 28, 2013

Robert, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great veterans and my prayers are with you and the family.

John DuBose

March 28, 2013

Robert and Ellen and other family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Our nation owes Mr. Randle and all other veterans a debt of gratitude for their service.

Vickie and I will keep your entire family in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

Sandi Huggins

March 28, 2013

Robert and Ellen my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Charlie was a truely remarkable man who will be missed by many.

Ramsey and Tina Landry

March 27, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bit & Dick Branch

March 27, 2013

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.
May memories of your loved one give you strength each day.