Randall Jerome LaBounty

In loving memory of Randall Jerome LaBounty, affectionately known as Harv, who passed away on September 3rd, 2022. Randy is finally at rest after a difficult battle with cancer. He will be forever loved  and remembered, especially for his unwavering dedication to his family, kind heart, and quick wit. He  will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

Randy was born May 17, 1952, the son of Harvey and Doris LaBounty. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 and went on to work for the federal government until his retirement in 2008. He then  became more actively involved in politics and was widely recognized for his contributions. 

Survivors include his wife Janelle; daughters Leslie (Pete Merzian), Michelle, and Robyn; siblings Larry, Becky, Renee; and grandchildren Ella and Charles Merzian.  

No services will take place, as Randy requested, but we do appreciate your love and support during this difficult time. Contributions in his honor can be made to BJC Foundation for Hospice or the American  Cancer Society. 


  1. Donald Parsons on September 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Beautiful wedding picture. Good looking couple Nice wedding dress.

  2. Marcia Bjornson Ecker on September 17, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    To Randy’s family:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Randy and I grew up together as neighbors and had many fun times together. Our families were life-long friends. We even went camping together in South Dakota and spent time at Okoboji together having such fun at Arnold’s Park! Randy and I used to play table hockey in his basement and there were always those summer nights of Annie Annie Over at the Edge’s. In the winter, we would spend whole Saturdays and Sundays sledding down Hatcher’s Hill. I laughed until I cried the time Randy stood up on the toboggan and went down–of course ending in disaster! Randy was always very popular in school. I’m not sure just when he became “Harv” or why? but non-the-less he was always Randy to me and was always very nice to me. He was that guy that was nice to everyone. I know he will be terribly missed by everyone in his life, especially his loving family. No doubt you were his greatest joy. My heart goes out to each and every one of you and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    With sympathy,
    Marcia Bjornson Ecker

  3. Jim Sayers on September 18, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    So sorry to read this. I was a high school classmate at HHS and remember Randy and his family fondly. I had forgotten he had his dad’s name as his nickname – his whole life!
    Loved seeing the photos on the slide show. Great memories for you all.
    It is too bad our 50th class reunion was canceled two years ago (Covid). I always enjoyed seeing Randy and catching up when he attended reunions in the past.
    God bless His family and those close to him.

  4. Shir!ey vinsand on September 18, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Thinking of the family and your all in our prayers. also great memories of the class of1970 will always be remembered by all of your Humboldt classmates.

  5. Mary Hamilton on September 18, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Randy death my sympathy to his family RIP

  6. Jane Hoover Coltvet on September 19, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    So sorry to read of Randy’s passing. What a nice slide show of Randy and his family. Thank you for sharing. A member of the Class of 1970 Jane Hoover Coltvet.

  7. Jeanne M Baugous on September 19, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Classmate of Randy. So sorry to hear of his passing. No more suffering for such a great guy. My thoughts are with the family.
    Jeanne Crahan Baugous

  8. Raymond L Heim on September 20, 2022 at 11:56 am

    Did not hang out with Randy in high school. I always respected him as a classmate and knew him as a good person. God Bless

  9. Randy Shannon on September 20, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    So very sorry to know of his passing…my condolences to his family. Fond memories of High School in Humboldt…class of 1970..Randy was one of the guy cheerleaders and always smiling! He was such a very nice person and everyone liked “Harv”! I was the “other” Randy in school. Randy Dowling Shannon

  10. Sachio Taki on November 28, 2022 at 5:27 am

    I miss you so much…. We spend time together about 5years ago at Humboldt.
    Doris funeral.
    You are always kind to us.
    I will never forget you bro!

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