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Obituary: Randall A. Kenworthy, Valparaiso

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Randall A. Kenworthy, 83, of Valparaiso, peacefully passed away June 30, 2014, at his home.

Born May 20, 1931, to the late V. Owen and Estella (Huffman) Kenworthy.

He graduated from Boone Grove High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He earned a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree and later a principal certification from Ball State Teachers College.

Always the educator, Randall taught school at Fairfield Elementary in Middletown, Banta Elementary School in Valparaiso and Yost Elementary in Porter and subsequently served as principal at Yost, Central Elementary and Brummit Elementary in the Duneland School Corp. Randall then returned to the classroom, finishing his career teaching at Westchester Middle School, retiring in 1989 after 33 years in education.

Randall was a life member of the ISTA and NEA and belonged to the Porter County Retired Teachers Association. He was a member of Central Christian Church, serving as a teacher, deacon and elder, and a member of American Legion Post 94.

Randall also enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, Bible study and watching youth sports.

Married Aug. 30, 1957, Randall is survived by his wife, Alberta (Baker) Kenworthy; children, Greg (Luann) Kenworthy and Craig (Deanna) Kenworthy, both of Valparaiso, and Lynne (Gary) Wong of Alhambra, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason (fiancee Mia Rae Goulding) Kenworthy, Rachel (fiance Patrick Mullins) Kenworthy, and Jacob and Joshua Kenworthy; siblings, Ruth (the late Fred) Phillips of Valparaiso, Robert (the late Edna) Kenworthy of Portland, Michigan, and James Kenworthy of Longmont, Colorado; cherished in-laws, brother-in-law, Marvin (Kathy) Baker, sisters-in-law, Phyllis (the late Wilber) Baker, Janet (the late Maurice) Baker, both of rural Greenwood, Lola (the late Herb) Miller of Franklin, and Angela (the late Robert) Baker of Austin, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Marjorie Thompson, Ray, Max and Roger.

A celebration of Randall’s life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Central Christian Church, 1808 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso, with a memorial service at 6 p.m. Tom Manzke will officiate. Cremation will take place.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to a charity that benefits children, or Camp LRCA, 7007 E. 117 Ave., Crown Point IN 46307.

Arrangements are being handled by Dykes Funeral Home Inc., 219-462-3125.

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