Raised in Franklin County, Kansas, where he attended Appanoose Rural High School. Played on two Appanoose basketball teams which went to the state high school tournament.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1943 and earned letters his freshman year in both varsity football and basketball.
Enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier in June of 1944. Saw extensive action in the European theater of World War II and fought in the “Battle of the Bulge.” Received the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart four wounds received in action.
Re-entered Baker in the fall of 1946. Accelerated his education so that he received his Bachelor of Arts degree after a total of just three years. Also found time to earn four additional letters, two each in football and basketball and was invited to play in the Mo-Kan All-Star game.
Career was dedicated to teaching, coaching and as a school administrator. Taught and coached at St. John’s Military School 1948-1950; taught, coached and served as principal at Bison Rural High School 1950 to 1965; and served as superintendent of the Otis-Bison USD 403 from 1965 to 1991.
On campus, was a member of the Zeta Chi fraternity. Following college, became active in a wide array of community service activities, including Boy Scouts, Men’s Club of the United Methodist Church and as a Charter Board Member of the High Plains Mental Health Center.
Married Baker schoolmate, Donna Jessen, Class of 1950. Together they had two children, Kris Randal Waldren, Class of 1971 and Dana Kirk Randel, Class of 1973.
Passed away January 4, 1992.