Randy Jackson “Ran” Bow, 57

Randy Jackson “Ran” Bow, age 57 of Mendon, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at his home.

He was born Jan. 10, 1952, in Hudson, a son of Charles and Rose (David) Bow.

Ran was a 1970 graduate of Tecumseh High School, and resided in Tecumseh before moving to Mendon in 1991.

He was divorced from Paulette Martin-Bethuram.

Ran worked briefly as a pit-crew member at Michigan International Speedway and later worked as a bartender. Ran was a truck driver for Aero Bulk Carriers for 27 years and for L&L Transportation for the past year. He enjoyed hosting poker parties at his St. Joseph River home, and hanging out with his friends at Prairie Crop Service and the Blue Bird Café.

Ran is survived by three children, Kim Persing of Colon, Sara (Martin) Perkins and her husband, Kevin, of Vicksburg, and Sam Martin of Three Rivers; seven grandchildren, Melissa Land, Meagon Persing, Stephen Persing, Baylee Perkins, Amber Perkins, Erin Perkins, and Kevin James Perkins; three brothers and their spouses, Jerry and Kathy Bow of Lakewood, Colo., Glen and Kathy Bow of Adrian, and Doyce and Barbara Bow of Nevada; several nieces and nephews; and his Prairie Crop buddies, Dale, Sandy, Deb, Jesse, Bob, Willard, Skippy, JB, Derek, Smiley, John, Sheldon, Meat and Richie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with his brother Jerry Bow officiating. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.

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