Randy early on contracted Huntington's Disease, which unfortunately cut short his promising political career I hadn't seen him in awhile and was saddened to see his obituary in the newspaper yesterday. He will be missed:
Randy Jackson Shambaugh
53, of Speedway, IN, passed away from complications after a long battle with Huntington's Disease Sunday, July 17, 2011. He was born December 23, 1957 in Indianapolis, IN to the late JoAnn and Monte Shambaugh… and so his love for politics began.
Randy was an active member of the Marion County Republican Party throughout his life. He was a member of the "Young Republican's" early on and served as a precinct committeeman until 2008. In 1987 he became the youngest person elected to the Speedway Town Council and served the Town for 4 years before winning election to the City-County Council in 1991 and re-election in 1995. Randy served as chairman of the Parks & Recreation Committee where they named the Randy Shambaugh Baseball Park after him. He was instrumental in the development of Victory Field and served as liaison between the Capital Improvement Board & Indianapolis Indians.
Randy was employed by Hendricks County Engineering where he worked as an inspector and draftsman before retiring in 1998.
Randy was an active member of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, Indiana Chapter, serving as vice president of the board & trustee. Besides Randy's love for politics and President Ronald Reagan, he was an avid hunter, loved racing, the band KISS, his St. Louis Cardinals and beloved Collies.
He is survived by his wife Linda; son, Wesley Jackson, step-mother Linda, brother Mark; sister, Diane (Mike) Cope, step-brother Aaron (Jennifer) Baute and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center - Speedway from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 20th with funeral services held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21st at the funeral center. Burial will follow in Lincoln Memory Gardens, Whitestown, IN.
Memorial contributions may be made to the IU Foundation at the IU School of Medicine, c/o IU Foundation, P.O. Box 660245. Please indicate in memory of Randy Shambaugh.
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 19, 2011