Randy Melvin Reu, 60, of Ingleside, formerly of Carthage, died at his home on Saturday, April 10, 2004, after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis "Lou Gehrig's disease."
He was born on Jan. 30, 1944, at Aurora, a son of Melvin Thompson and Evelyn Lindsey Reu. He married Mary Adkins on Sept. 22, 1973, in Farnhamville, Iowa. He later married Martha Jane Potempa, on Sept. 13, 1986, in Woodstock.
He is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters, Marilee of Minneapolis and Mollie, at home; one son, Geoffrey of Chicago; his mother, Evelyn of Sterling; one sister, Marie (Glenn) Motsinger of Sterling; and one brother, Rex (Mary) Reu of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He grew up in Carthage and was educated in the Carthage schools. He graduated from Carthage Community High School in 1962, where he earned varsity letters in multiple sports. He thereafter attended the University of Illinois. He was employed at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in its computer department for over 20 years, retiring as a supervisor in June 2002. In his spare time, he enjoyed water skiing on Duck Lake, attending sports events, playing guitar, reading history and spending time with family and friends. He also served the United Methodist Church of Antioch as a greeter, a nursery worker and a member of its worship committee.
Services were held Tuesday, April 13, at the United Methodist Church in Antioch. Rev. Gary Curl officiated. Burial will be at a later date in Moss Ridge Cemetery, near Carthage. Friends who were unable to attend the services are invited to sign the on-line guestbook at www.legacy.com.
Memorials may be made to the Carthage High School Boosters Club, c/o Dan Dion, 723 S. Washington St., Carthage, Ill., 62321, or to the United Methodist Church of Antioch, 848 Main St., Antioch, Ill., 60002.