Randall Tony Janssen, 78, of Crawfordsville died unexpectedly of a stroke while vacationing in Florida on Jan. 30, 2019. He was born on Oct. 2, 1940 in Lafayette to the late William T. Janssen and the late Gwenneth (Murdock) Janssen-Haas.
He graduated from Otterbein High School in 1958 and then joined the United States Air Force. He went on to attend the Indiana State Police Academy and joined the force in 1964.
He was married to the love of his life for 43 years, Lois Ann (Fry) Janssen. They were married on Dec. 12, 1975 in Lafayette.
He retired from the Indiana State Police and later Alcoa. He was a member of the FOP and Otterbein American Legion Post 90. He was a past member of Faith Lutheran Church of Otterbein.
Survivors include his children, Ellen (Troy) Milligan of Hillsboro, Eileen (Matthew) Dashiell of Lewisville, TX, David Janssen of North Liberty, Erich Janssen of North Liberty; two sisters, Carol Hampton of Huntertown and Bonita Widmer of West Lafayette. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jacob and Katie Dashiell and others; nieces and nephews, Kathy (Hampton) Konger, Kelly (Hampton) Reed, Sarah (Widmer) Lee, Beverly (Fry) Porter and Robert Fry.
He is preceded in death by his sons, Jeffery and Steven; brothers-in-law, Larry Hampton, Leroy “Doc” Widmer, Willis Fry; and mother-in-law, Lorene “Granny” Fry.
If you knew Randy, chances are you were inducted into at least one of his hobbies. Traveling often included friends and family trips around the fifty states and to Europe, New Zealand and Africa. He loved reading and going to the library, sometimes multiple times a day. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. Some of his hobbies included hunting, panning for gold, searching for meteorites, ballistics, fishing, farming, and astronomy. He was happiest spending time with friends and family, and eating butter pecan ice cream cones and apple pie.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate, with visitation hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and funeral services following at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Gary Eason officiating.
Interment will follow in Asbury Cemetery, West Lafayette.
Memorials may be sent to the Crawfordsville District Public Library 205 S. Washington Street, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.
Online condolences may be made at www.familyandfriendsfh.com