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Randall Gene Harsh

January 19, 1956 ~ December 24, 2020 (age 64)


Mr. Randall Gene Harsh, age 64, of Benton; passed away at his home on Christmas Eve.

His wishes are to be cremated.  Burial will take place at a future date.

Cremation arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

He was born on January 19, 1956 in Taylor Township, Michigan; the son of Robert Harsh and Carol (Solo) Harsh.  He married the former Linda Sue Swingle on May 10, 1993, and she preceded him in death on September 24, 2014.

Randy served his country for ten years in the U.S. Navy, where he was a cook on a submarine.

His working career consisted of installing and refinishing hardwood flooring, mill work, grounds keeper at a hotel; and he had a certificate in horticulture.

Randy enjoyed cooking, tending to plants, and loved his cats; but, most of all he enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and all of his family.

Mr. Harsh is survived by a daughter Michelle Wagner of East Peoria, IL; three granddaughters: Brooke Wagner, Brianna Wagner and Brynn Martin, all of East Peoria, IL; a brother: Daniel Palmer of Trenton, MI; two sisters: Sheri Garcia of Eureka, IL, and Dawn Maus of Cedar Creek, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a brother Gary Harsh.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton American Legion Post#280 Ladies Auxiliary, to assist with their veteran projects; and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812

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