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Wayne RandMay 14, 2017
Wayne Charles Rand, age 68, of Sioux Falls, passed away May 14, 2017, at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls after a hard fought battle with five cancers. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home, 4800 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD. Inurnment with military honors will be at a later date at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at Sioux Falls. The family will be present from 2-4 pm on Friday at the Heritage Funeral Home.
Rand was born on September 3, 1948 to Maxwell and Freda (Greenier) Rand in Presque Isle, Maine. Wayne grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. As a youth, he spent time working in the potato fields and enjoyed fishing with his grandfather. From a young age, he loved baseball and the Boston Red Sox. In 1966, Wayne enlisted in the army and served for 10 years. As a Sergeant, he spent time in Germany and Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal during his service. On April 30, 1983, Wayne married LaRae Sweeney, and later had one son Brian. On August 26, 1989 he was married to Jill Louise Walters, and became Dad to Chelsea and Wendy. Wayne spent forty years in the trucking industry working in dispatch, management, over-the-road driving and construction. He loved traveling the country and had a particular fondness for his trips to Montana. Wayne spent 12 years working for Starmark before moving to Concrete Materials in 2003, where he retired. He was best known for his blue Boston Red Sox baseball cap and his personality, always keeping people laughing and engaging in conversation with anyone around. Wayne’s proudest accomplishment was supporting his kids as they graduated from college.
Rand was preceded in death by his father Maxwell, mother Freda, brothers Maxwell Rand and James Murphy, and granddaughter Nora Kaiser.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jill Rand of Sioux Falls; two sons, Ron (Susan) Rand of Clarksville, Iowa and Brian Rand of Sioux Falls; two daughters, Chelsea (Tony) Johnson of Sioux Falls and Wendy (Kristopher) Kaiser of Papillion, Nebraska; grandchildren who affectionately called him "Papa," Nicholas Rand, Emma and Benjamin Kaiser, and foster grandchildren; sister Bette Boston of Lake Park, FL; brother Skip (Maureen) Painter of Eliot, Maine; sister Bonnie (Steve) Painter of Eliot, Maine; brother Danny (Connie) Murphy of Rochester, NH; and many dear uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Memorials may be directed to Sioux Falls DAV.