The world lost a beloved father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Rand G. Schenck, (Bud) age 97, on March 27, 2022, surrounded by his family in Hudson, Ohio. He died of congestive heart failure. Rand (Bud) was the second child, born June 19, 1924 of Rand G. Schenck, Sr. And Marian Jocelyn Sutherland Schenck, born in Wilkinsburg, PA.
Graduating from Mt. Lebanon High, Pittsburgh in 1942, Rand won a national competition conducted by Piper Aircraft Corporation. in Lock Haven, PA, by building the best ⅛ scale Piper Cub J-3 model airplane. It is said this Piper J-3 model sat on William Piper’s desk until he was replaced by William Shriner. In return, Rand obtained his private pilot’s license and employed as an Airplane Inspector.
In March, 1943 Rand enlisted joining the 106th Infantry Division to fight in WWII. He would see battle in both European (Battle of the Bulge) and Pacific. Discharged with rank of Sergeant and a number of decorations and citations in January, 1946, Rand enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh’s engineering program. By 1949 Rand graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Electronic Engineering and Rand married the love of his life, Sarah Bert Riddle in her hometown of Sanford, North Carolina.
Rand began his professional career with Westinghouse Electronics in their domestic and foreign purchasing connected with their radio, phonograph, and television products. Making homes in Selinsgrove, PA, New Brunswick, NJ and Toms River, NJ. During this period, Sarah gave birth to a daughter, Marian Jean (MJ) (Samanka) in August 1952 and Susan Elaine (Lester) in 1953.
A “final” destination was reached with a move the Conneaut, Ohio in June, 1969, when Rand was hired as Director of Purchasing and Board Member of the Astatic Corporation in Conneaut, OH. Years later Rand retired in 1995 from Advanced Medical in Geneva, OH. Rand and Sarah lived at 1061 Lake Rd, Conneaut from 1969 to 2014 or 45 years. During this period, Rand assisted his wife who started a clothing business, “Sarah Schenck’s” in the Conneaut Plaza and another store in Ashtabula, OH. Rand was a founding member of “Northeast Radio Flyers” securing the flying field on Parrish Blvd where members and guest can fly radio-controlled airplanes today.
Rand has been buried in a private ceremony attended by immediate family. He is survived (Sarah died in 2013) by his daughters: Marian Jean (MJ) Schenck Samanka & husband, Robert Samanka; daughter Susan Schenck Lester and Rand’s grandchildren: Dr. Rachel Jocelyn Lester and Bryan Rand Lester.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to New Leaf United Methodist Church 110 Gateway Ave., Conneaut, OH 44030.
The arrangements have been entrusted to the Marcy Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, Ohio 44030.
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New Leaf United Methodist Church
110 Gateway Ave., Conneaut OH 44030