Randolph H. Watkins, 61, of Florida, passed away on February 1, 2017 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, Florida. Randy was born on December 31, 1955 in Woodstock, Illinois to his parents, Raymond H. Watkins and Gladys L. (Gerstenberg) Watkins.
He had worked for Baxter Healthcare International as a Project Manager for 37 years, garnering many patents for various process and product inventions.
Randy was a lifelong resident of Wonder Lake, Illinois and had recently moved 2-1/2 years ago to The Villages, Florida area.
He was a Christian and former member of the Masons. As a lifelong member of the Wonder Lake Yacht Club, Randy found his life’s passion for sailing. Every summer weekend he could be found racing his C-scow sailboat, but his most treasured moments were sailing in the British Virgin Islands with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Bonnie Watkins of Pensacola, FL; his children, Grant Watkins of Pensacola, FL and Melanie Watkins of Woodstock, IL; a brother, Raymond Watkins, Jr. of Colorado; sisters, Susan (Bob) Gilbert of Colorado and Carol Brody of Florida and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home, 7611 W. Hancock Drive, Wonder Lake, IL 60097. The visitation will conclude with a memorial service at 2:00 p.m., where Randy’s family and friends are encouraged to share memorial messages. Burial service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The ALS Association, Gift Processing Center P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-728-0233, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.
Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home
7611 W. Hancock Drive
Wonder Lake, IL 60097