Randell Edwin Gelzer, Sr., 74, of The Village of Summerville, SC flew his final flight passing away on September 14, 2017.
The funeral service will be at First Scots Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, Saturday, September 23rd at 1:30 pm. The family will receive friends and family following the service. A private inurnment will be held at The Citadel Columbarium.
Randell was born July 14, 1943 in Summerville, SC. He was predeceased by his parents, Mary Caryl Smith and George E. Gelzer, Jr. Randell graduated from the Citadel in 1965 and served as a pilot and flight instructor in the U.S. Air Force. He was Vice President/General Manager and company pilot of Driwood Moulding Co. in Florence, SC until his retirement in 2012.
While residing in Florence, SC, he served on the Florence Airport Commission (Vice-Chairman-5 years), was a member of the Pee Dee Area Citadel Club (President-one term), Pee Dee Regional Airport Authority, and Florence Rotary Club. He served for over twenty years as an Elder or Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Florence.
Since his retirement while living in Charleston, SC, Randell served his community as Docent for Patriot Point Authority of the USS Yorktown and volunteered his time while residing at Dockside Condominiums. He also enjoyed his involvement at First Scots Presbyterian Church.
Randell is survived by his wife Kathleen and their children, Margaret (Harry) Culclasure of Clifton, VA and Randell (Maureen) Gelzer, Jr. of Clayton, MO; a sister Deborah Dorr of Summerville, SC; and five grandchildren Amanda Culclasure, Mary Kate Gelzer, George Gelzer, Rachel Culclasure and Owen Gelzer.
Memorials may be made to: The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409-6230; The Leukemia Lymphoma Society, 107 Westpark Blvd, Suite 150, Columbia, SC 29210; First Scots Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston SC 29401; or Presbyterian Communities of SC, 2817 Ashland Road, Columbia, SC 29210-5009.
Arrangements by Parks Funeral Home, 130 W. 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483.
First Scots Presbyterian Church
Saturday September 23rd, 2017
53 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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My condolences to the Gelzer family. May God comfort and strengthen you all during this time. May the many fond and loving memories of Randell comfort his family and friends. A comforting thought to keep in mind is at Psalm 147:3 "He (God) heals the brokenhearted, he binds up their wounds." May you all have peace of mind during this time.
Submitted by Lisa on Sep 24 2017 01:12:05 PM
Kathleen, Randell is unforgettable. Steve and I have wonderful memories shared with you both. I'm praying for you in the days and months to come. And beyond. I'm so sorry for your grief, but so thankful that someday we'll all be together again. Much love
Shirley and Steve Imbeau
Submitted by Shirley Imbeau on Sep 22 2017 07:58:50 PM
I wanted to reach out to you during this sad time to offer my condolences. While nothing will completely take away your grief, by meditating on God’s promises found in the Bible, you can find real hope and the strength to keep going. I have found the scripture at Isaiah 25:8 to be especially comforting. Here it promises that God "will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."
Submitted by Heather on Sep 21 2017 04:16:06 PM
So sorry to read about Randy's passing. He lived around the corner from me in Quinby and I worked with him at Driwood molding. He would always call me after I left from working there to ask me questions about a certain machine or have me come in and run a machine for him. I will forever be grateful and appreciate his kindness and faith in me. He truly is one of a kind and his gentle soul will be missed. Heaven Is Shining Much Brighter!!! Jimmy and Vicki Pettigrew, Canton, Ohio formerly of Quinby, SC
Submitted by Jimmy and Vicki Pettigrew on Sep 21 2017 09:53:38 AM
I read Mr.Gelzer's obituary in the State Paper and was saddened to hear of his passing. I believe we may be distant kin as my ancestors were Gelzers in Summerville. At the appropriate time I would love to reach out and connect with your Gelzer family and see if we are indeed related. Gwendolyn Gelzer Howell Hensel, attorney in Columbia SC
Submitted by Lyn Hensel on Sep 20 2017 08:20:41 AM
Randall was a next door neighbor in HS, a classmate of mine and at the Citadel with Phil. Randall will be missed by many. Love to Kathleen and the family.
Submitted by Penny Ohrman Bernstein on Sep 19 2017 06:03:57 PM
Kathleen and Deborah,
Sorry to hear about Randell's passing. He will be missed by many people. May God be with you and your families at this time. Love to all, Mary Catherine
Submitted by Mary Catherine DeWitt on Sep 19 2017 07:27:40 AM
Kathleen, Sorry to hear about Randy's death. We'll keepnyou in our prayers and thoughts. God bless you during these difficult times. We'll always remember you both for allowing us the opportunity to have your lovely Quinby home.
Submitted by Linda and Luther. Byers on Sep 16 2017 10:27:27 PM
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