Randell E. Gelzer, Sr.



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.