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Randy Jay Abarr

Randy Jay Abarr Randy Jay Abarr, age 60, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Sunday morning, September 17, 2017, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. Randy had been a Manhattan resident for the past seven years, moving here from Louisiana.

He was born on May 29, 1957, in Marion, Indiana, the son of Charley E. and Marjorie F. (Hudson) Abarr. Randy was raised in Overland Park, Kansas where he attended public schools until moving to Florida when he was in high school.

He then enlisted with the U.S. Air Force and was soon assigned to the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Randy was an excellent Marksman which led him to be selected to train Air Force officers in precision shooting. During his military service he received numerous awards and commendations.

Throughout his lifetime Randy worked in several professions. He was a professional truck driver and owned and operated his own truck for a number of years. Later, while living in Louisiana, he and his brother operated a stump grinding business prior to working as a landscaper for golf courses and residential properties. He also was a surveyor.

Randy loved the outdoors and fishing, hunting and golfing were some of his passions. He also enjoyed football and was a true Florida Gators fan.

He is survived by his two daughters: Amy Abarr-Harris of Bradenton, Florida and Aubrey Abarr-Brown and her husband Matt of Parrish, Florida and four grandchildren: Breeonna, Wyatt, Raylee and Peyton. Also surviving is his father: Charley E. Abarr, Manhattan, KS; and his sister: Debra Lamb and her husband Pat, also of Manhattan.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie F. Eglin, in 1984 and by his brother: Bobby Joe Abarr in 2004.

Cremation is planned with private family services to be held at a later date.

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A memorial has been established for the Wounded Warrior Project. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas is assisting with the arrangements.

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