Floyd Rand, 90 of Ft. Collins, Colorado, passed away at the Fort Collins Good Samaritan Village on Thursday, November 11, 2004 after a brief illness. Surrounded by family, friends and caretakers, he had a peaceful passing.
The oldest of three children, Floyd was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on October 8, 1914 and grew up in New Hampshire, Maine and New York. His father died in WWI. Following school, Floyd joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked for a period of time in Alabama.
Volunteering to serve in WWII, Floyd trained to be a medic. He served with distinction with the Army’s 157th 1st Cavalry Division in New Guinea, Burma and the Philippines; and was a member of the Merrill’s Marauders squadron, which searched New Guinea for the crew of the Flying Dutchman. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star.
Returning home from WWII, he married Edna Mae Huetter in 1946, and this union produced their daughter, Judith Christine. Floyd enjoyed many pursuits, taking him and his family from Detroit to Florida, and later to Alabama, Michigan and Texas. His businesses included owning a marina and deep-sea fishing business on Treasure Island, Florida; working on the Apollo program in Huntsville, Alabama; and, working with the Space division of LTV in Michigan and Texas. Following retirement, Floyd and Edna lived in San Antonio, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico, participating in the daily lives of their grandchildren.
Floyd was an avid sportsman, and especially enjoyed fishing. An amateur golfer, he participated in many tournaments, and enjoyed playing until just a few years ago. He was a volunteer coach for the NMSU Women’s Golf team, when he lived in Las Cruces. In his younger years, he was a better-than-average baseball player, and at one time he was a champion ping pong player.
After losing Edna in 1994, Floyd moved with his daughter’s family to Minnesota and later to Colorado, taking up residence in Fort Collins in 1997. Living for most of the last seven years at the DMA Plaza, Floyd made many friends there and could often be found at the nearby Perkins restaurant, or walking with his hound-dog, "Houdini," although it was never clear which one was leading.
Floyd and Edna had a life-long passion for animals and children, and they devoted countless hours to the Humane Society, wherever they lived, and often adopted hordes of homeless cats and dogs, and even once, a horse. With their grandchildren nearby and often visiting, their household was populated with all the neighborhood kids, and Floyd was affectionately known to one and all as “Grandpa Floyd.”
Floyd was a member of the B’hai faith, and embraced their credo of non-violence and open acceptance of all people. He was also a long-time member of the Congregational Church.
One of Floyd’s favorite quotations, from Edward Courtenay, and a maxim by which he lived is quoted here:
“I expect to pass through this world but once: if therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Doris; his brother, Donald; and by his wife, Edna. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Judith Christine and John Rennick of Fort Collins; four grandchildren, Theresa Rennick of Minneapolis, Marcus, Julia and Angela Rennick, all of Ft. Collins; his sister, Barbara Strum, of Wayne, Michigan; sister-in-law, Dolores Bartel of St. Petersburg, Florida; niece and nephew, Vicki and Terry Calkins of Wayne, Michigan; and nephew, Rand O’Leary of Michigan. He leaves many friends, of all ages, across the country. Especially remembered are Mindy and Levi; Alexis, Anna, Ari and Trevor; Ariela and Miriam; Alyssa and Jarvis; Eric; Kristin; Brendan; and, Vera.
A memorial service, celebrating his life, was held November 12th, 2004 at the Fort Collins Good Samaritan Village. Interment, with military honors, will be at 2:00 PM Friday, November 26th at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Larimer County Humane Society, to the Fort Collins Good Samaritan Village, or to a favorite charity in care of Goes Funeral Care, 3665 Canal Drive, Suite E, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
Hope Coslett Pees