After 60 years on earth, God decided to call Randall G. “Randy” Ewen home to rest. Randy was enjoying the weekend with his family at Grand Lake, when he became ill. He joined his Creator and other members of his family, when he passed away in Grove, OK on Saturday evening August 28, 2010.
A lifelong Erie resident, Randy was born in Parsons, KS, on January 26, 1950 to Dale and Marjorie Ewen. He graduated from Erie High School in 1968 and from Pittsburg State University in 1972. He was owner of Ewen Motor Co., in Erie, where he had been involved in the family business his entire life. Randy was passionate about his family, church, and community.
Randy married the love of his life, Gloria Tredway, on March 20, 1971. She survives of the home. Over the next 39 years, they would build quite a life together. Randy was always happiest when surrounded by his children and their families: Their son Scott Ewen of Erie, married to Mary, and their children, Tori, Carlie, and Riley; Their daughter Candace Schartz, of Lee’s Summit, MO, married to Curtis, and their children Kenzie and Xander. Randy is also survived by his brother, Rich Ewen of Wichita, KS; mother-in-law, Lucy Tredway of Erie; brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws, Gary and Sheila Tredway of Edmond, OK; Cale and Shelly Tredway of Erie; Cheryl and Terry Yoho, Cassville, MO. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Marjorie Ewen and his father-in-law, Dale Tredway.
Randy’s faith was very important to him and he was an active member of Erie Federated Church. He served in many ways, by volunteering to hold offices, serving on committees, and most recently speaking at services. He was Church Administrative Board President for the past 6 years, and also Church Lay Leader of Ministry for 4 years. He was acting president of the Church Men’s group, and chartered the men’s prayer breakfast. Randy was blessed with a beautiful singing voice, and was a member of the church choir for 16 years.
Randy was also heavily involved in his community. He was a 38 year Master Mason of Erie Lodge No. 76, A.F.& A.M., and served as Worshipful Master of the lodge 9 different times. He was also District Deputy Grand Master in1980. In 22 of the 38 years as a member of Erie Lodge, he occupied a chair in the Lodge. He was also a member of the Ft. Scott Consistory and the Mirza Shrine at Pittsburg. He had served on the CUSD 101 Board of Education 9 years, and was the President of the Board for 6 years.
FUNERAL SERVICE- will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 2, 2010, at the Erie Federated Church. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery at Erie, with Masonic rites given by the Erie Masonic Lodge.
The family will receive friends at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 1, 2010.
Memorials are suggested to the Erie Federated Church or the Erie Masonic Lodge. They can be dropped off at the funeral home or sent to Box 182, Erie, KS 66733.