Clay Randel, 56, of Wichita, formerly of Arkansas City, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Via Christi, St. Francis in Wichita.
Cremation has been effected. The family will hold a private ceremony at a later time. Condolences can be sent to the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum in Arkansas City.
Clay was born on July 25, 1963, in El Dorado, the son of Gayle and Joe Randel. He was educated in Cedar Vale and Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1981. He was also a graduate of Cowley County Community College in 1981. He married Sandy McFarland, of Winfield, on May 5, 1984.
He was employed at the Winfield State Hospital as a plumber supervisor from 1981 to1986. He received his bachelor of science degree in Biology and Environmental Science in 1992 from Kansas State University. He served as the Environmental Superintendent for the City of Arkansas City for 21 years before relocating. He retired from employment with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in 2014.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rollin and Olive Ramey, and John and Florene Randel; aunt, Reva Sawyer; and uncles, Tom Randel and Jack Randel.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy, of Wichita; daughter, Ashley and husband, Brian Kingari, of Wichita; son, Garret Randel, of Arkansas City; parents, Gayle and Marvin Buchele, of Winfield, and Joe Randel, of Arkansas City; sister, Judy Powell, of Burden; grandchildren, Huxley Lambert and Brecklynn Randel, of Arkansas City; nephews and nieces, Hayden and Ethan Powell, of Burden, Chad and Holly McFarland, of Olathe, Andy and Kim McFarland, of Manhattan, Stephani and David Elliott, of Gardner, and Quentin and Janelle Rush, of Winfield; and cousins, Cindy and Wade Randel, of Wichita.