Dale Kenneth Randels, Jr.

Born in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky on August 15, 1956

Departed on July 23, 2020 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Dale Kenneth Randels, Jr., passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Rockville, Maryland. He was 63 years old. A small, socially distant funeral service will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, July 28.

Dale was born on August 15, 1956, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Dale Sr. and Betty Jean (Covington) Randels. He spent his childhood all over the world, including attending high school in Stuttgart, Germay, while his father served our country in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. After serving our country himself in the Army, Dale graduated from the University of Arkansas - a proud Razorback fan.

Dale dedicated his life to exploring and learning. He worked for Heery International and founded Pinnacle Construction Partners in Nashville, managing the construction of multiple local projects, including the Nashville Public Library and the Jim Carell Stadium at Father Ryan High School. In 2013, he began working for Parsons Corporation and ran a nationwide building project for Job Corps Centers. Always the traveler, Dale then worked for two years in Saudi Arabia, managing building programs for the City of Yanbu.

Dale traveled to all 50 states by the age of 60, and to more countries than he could remember. On one of his last trips, he visited Stockholm, Sweden, where his paternal grandmother grew up.

Of all his accomplishments, Dale’s favorite was his children. He is survived by his daughter Maggy Randels Schuette (Doug), a lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, and his son Sam Randels (Emily), a software developer in Arlington, Virginia. Dale is also survived by his wife, Margaret, his mother, Betty Jean, his sisters, Karen Randels and Tammy Candler (David), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Priorities, USA, or the Nashville Public Library.

13 Comments to Mr. Dale Kenneth Randels, Jr.

  1. Vanessa Adams says:

    My sincerest condolences to Dale’s family.

  2. Nancy & Jerry Bayens says:

    Wow what a life he has had. We are so sorry for your families lost Karen. Love and Light to all of you.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Nancy. The man was on a mission that he completed. Love him so and so proud of him and his children.

  3. Teresa Randels Smith says:

    Many found memories at our grandparents in New Sharon, IA. Love you!


  4. carol and Jack clark says:

    Our prayers are with your entire family! He certainly lived his life to the fullest and that has to be some consolation to you all!

  5. Marthe Cumming says:

    In 2002, when Dale ran the Nashville office of Heery International, I pestered him every week for several months until he finally gave me a job as a project manager. I didn’t have any experience in construction but Dale saw something in me that made him take a chance, and he just threw me into managing some of Metro’s biggest design and build projects at the time: The Justice A. A. Birch Courthouse and the renovation of the Historic Courthouse.
    I’ve always been grateful for the opportunity Dale gave to me. He was always very supportive, taking the time to mentor me by making suggestions on handling various situations and always, always encouraging me by saying, “You can handle this, I know you can.”
    Over the next five years I became fully vested in the success of those projects, not so much for Herry, but rather, for the city of Nashville and for Dale, who gave a fifty-five year old woman with no construction experience the opportunity to serve her city.
    But that was Dale; he took a chance, gave me a chance, and helped me succeed. I’ll miss him.

  6. Gerri Stewart says:

    Gone too soon boss!
    Dale, you were a true Gentlemen and a Scholar.
    Thank you for your friendship, respect and confidence.
    You will be missed, but not forgotten in my heart.

  7. Linda Bata says:

    Hi Karen. I’m sorry to hear about your brother. He led quite a life. Just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  8. Barbara. Veith says:

    Only met him once. But what’ I remember. He was a very nice man. So sorry for your loss. What a interesting life.

  9. Sharon Rubel says:

    So sad to hear of Dale’s passing! I haven’t gotten to see one of my favorite cousins in many years, but I love seeing all the pictures and hearing the stories of a life well lived. He will be missed!!

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