Victor Vernon Randolph

Victor Vernon Randolph passed away on July 1, 2024, at the age of 84 in Salina, KS.

Victor was born May 24, 1940 in Glade, KS to John and Elma Schneider. At age 6, he was adopted by his step-dad, Merlin Randolph while still maintaining a life-long relationship with his birth dad. He was raised in Phillipsburg, KS where he graduated high school in 1958.

Victor stepped into the role of a family leader and businessman at the young age of 19 after the tragic death of his father, Merlin. He took over the reigns at the Logan Republican and went on to become a stalwart in the newspaper industry. Victor’s career spanned 54 years, with roles at various publications including the Osborne County Farmer, The Burlington Daily Republican, The Emporia Gazette, The Nevada Daily Mail, The Salina Journal, The Norton Daily Telegram, the Miami County Republic and the Osawatomie Graphic.

Victor’s dedication to his profession was recognized by his membership in the Kansas Press Association and Missouri Press Association, and his service on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Advertising Manager’s Association. Victor’s service to his community was equally notable. He was an active participant in the Chamber of Commerce in Osborne, Burlington, and Nevada, a devoted member of both the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, and served on the Burlington City Commission during the establishment of the Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant.

Victor’s personality was as vibrant as his professional life; he was organized, energetic, and always the life of the party with a great sense of humor. Even in his last days, his energy was devoted to making others comfortable and welcomed.

His hobbies included gardening, with a particular pride in his tomatoes and flowers, and he cherished time spent outdoors. A devoted sports fan, he never missed watching his favorite teams: the Jayhawks, Chiefs, and Royals. Above all, his greatest love was his family. He dedicated countless hours organizing family photos into albums and honoring his loved ones with pictures on the walls of his home.

Victor is survived by his beloved wife, Darlene Randolph; his sister, Peggy Conrad; his children, Ryan Randolph, Toni Standley, Shelly Pfiefer, Renee Gordon, John Boden, Kelley Grabast, Debbie Blocker, Jeanne Bristol and Kathy Patterson; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers John and Wayne Randolph, and his children Scott Randolph, Mike Boden, and Rick Boden.

Memorial Services will be held on August 3rd at 11 a.m. at Ryan Mortuary in Salina. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center, KS.