Randall Earl Delk Sr. was born on February 25th, 1968 to Roy Hughes Delk Sr. and Martha Josephine (Hesselgrave) Delk in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Randy was the youngest of five brothers, Roy Delk Jr (deceased), Marvin Delk, Dennis Delk and Barry (Dawn) Delk. The family lived in Indianapolis for most of Randy’s life and he began working in his father’s body shop by the time he was 12. Randy had a love of cars since he was tiny and dreamed of being a race car driver as so many little ones do. He also loved watching NASCAR racing, country music and old TV shows. He took over running Delk’s Body Shop in 1989 after Roy Sr was injured. He operated the shop for over 30 years until shortly before his passing. He was an extremely gifted autobody worker as his father had been. He truly loved his customers and their conversations and made many lifelong friends through his work.
Randy married his adored wife Karen (Eby) Delk, and they formed a lasting and unbreakable bond until his passing. Karen was by his side as he looked at her and smiled before taking his last breath. His eyes had been closed for three days prior to that, so we know the good Lord gave that last spark between them to bring comfort, as he is now in the Father’s hands. Randy had believed in God since he was young but grew in love with God as he managed through life’s up and downs, struggles and victories with his mother Martha always pointing him back to vine of Christ as she did for all she knew.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, older brother Roy Jr. and many friends. Randy leaves behind a cherished son, Randall Earl Delk Jr (his wife Kira), grandchildren Hailey (Audie Mae) & Gabriel Delk and Karen’s children whom he helped care for and guide alongside Karen in their many years together: Kristy Mahoy (Matt) (children Julius Walker, Angel Potts, Faith Mahoy), Nicole Humphrey (children Robert Jr. and Savanna), and Stephen Walker (children Diamond, Cambria and Wyatt Walker) as well as beloved nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins beyond count, friends and other. Of special note was his aunt Lee Taylor who always held a close place in his heart, his closest friends Matt Adams, Pete Greer and Tom Miller and so many more.
Randy will always be remembered for his quick humor and willingness to lend a hand when needed at work or for a good well-timed “prank”. He had an
enormous love for his family and friends and they for him. He will be deeply missed.