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HOBART, IN – Randy Layne Hartsell of Hobart, Indiana, born in Detroit, Michigan, was relieved of his earthly duties on June 11, 2021. Leaving his cherished Martin and Ovation guitars behind, he played a bag of precious golf clubs for hours with and without tag (usually when his wife was trying to watch a favorite show on TV), which he either cursed at or kissed, depending on which game he had just played, and three boxes of Callaway golf balls (soft because he doesn’t like his balls hard). In addition, five glasses of reduced-fat Jiff peanut butter, which he lovingly hugged and recited: “Peanut butter is the secret of life”. He also left a bowl of small stones, acorns and pine cones that he had collected on his business trips and that were almost thrown away as trash when Randy exclaimed that it was a bowl of precious memories.

Randy leaves behind his extremely patient wife, Lee (a month shy) of 15 who, according to Randy, wished he had met her before the other two! Randy also leaves two sons and a daughter: Brian Joseph (Kristina) Hartsell, Ray Hayden (Megan) Norris, and Bayle Rae (Corey) Nimtz; three grandchildren: Lucas Donovan Hartsell, Raegan Greigh & Trace Hayden Norris. Randy is preceded by his parents in death: Joseph Rawls Hartsell, Ramona Loretta Josie; and sister Pamela Jo Hartsell.

Randy graduated with Honors from Allen Park High School in Allen Park, Michigan, where he was named “SHYEST GUY” at the Senior Awards. After graduation, he moved out of his childhood home with everything he had that would fit in his’ 70s Fastback Silver Mustang, including his sleek cardboard dining table. Randy celebrated 45 years as Hilti Corporation’s top sales manager (a job he thought he would do this summer). There he collected a box full of top-selling awards he was too modest to ever display. Randy enjoyed a lot of things: playing guitar, playing golf, skiing, hunting with pals, partying in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Visiting concerts, theaters and comedy clubs such as Second City. He loved all of the Avenger movies except the Endgame, he said it was “Lame”. He also liked: Beauty and the Beast (with Bayle), Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings; TV shows like: Wild Wild West, Dancing with the Stars (because of the women’s costumes), Hell’s Kitchen, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The Good Doctor, Game of Thrones, Lucifer, the History & Science Channels and most recently Outlander. He could play and enjoy music of all genres and eras, especially John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Sade, Beetles, “Beautiful” by Ed Sheeran and many, many more! But please no rap or headbanger music! His favorite snacks were: Instant Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Lucky Charms, Lee’s Chocolate Walnut Fudge, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, Frosted Flakes, Stouffer’s Dinners, Banquet Pot Pies, Captain Crunch, Can Cheese on a Ritz Cracker and of course his beloved Jiff Reduced Fatty Peanut Butter on Ritz Crackers. Now, for health reasons, he didn’t eat reduced-fat peanut butter. When he put it on top of crackers, he found that it was the perfect consistency that wouldn’t crush the crackers. Randy was very “Sheldonian” in many ways, which he realized on one of his favorite TV shows, “The Big Bang Theory”, how much he resembles the character Sheldon. He enjoyed breakfast or lunch at Cracker Barrel, Viking in Valpo, or Cafe 339 in Hobart. His absolute favorite restaurant treat was the Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake in the Big Boy Restaurant. A couple of times a year he drove over an hour to St. Joe Michigan to dine on the delicious dessert. Visiting Big Boy has become a family tradition! Eat the cake and take a picture with the big boy in front of the restaurant! He loved watching golf, sports in Chicago and Detroit, red roses, the color red, coffee, smoking, did I mention golf? He loved his wife and children very much, but Sally was his dream woman. He caressed and cared for his 2017 Burgundy Red Mustang Convertible until he practically exchanged it for Pearl, a Pearl White, Hyundai Sonata, after his retirement. He bought a used orange Ford Ranger to transport things and was free to walk again. Randy loved to talk, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Randy died knowing that “Field of Dreams” was his favorite movie (because of his father), The Muppet Christmas Carol & Christmas Vacation are the best Christmas movies, Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in the world, Steve Reeves was the greatest weightlifter of all time , and a lot of salt must be added to the food without tasting it first. Randy will miss everyone who knew him for his corky humor, loyal and kind heart and childlike Christmas spirit!


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