By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer
FLORENCE - Randall W. Halfhill's life was influenced by his American pride.
"He loved his country and flew the flag every day. He was really a devoted American," said his wife, Billie Wright-Halfhill.
Mr. Halfhill, a retired insurance investigator for Hamilton County, died Thursday after a short illness. He was 73.
"He was a true patriot," said his son, Daniel Lee Halfhill of Alexandria.
Raised in Covington, Mr. Halfhill graduated from Holmes High School.
He served as a messenger for the air raid warden in Northern Kentucky during World War II, then joined the Navy around 1946.
Stationed on the U.S.S. Constitution, based in Boston, for his entire four-year term, he was honorably discharged in March 1950 as a seaman first class.
Mr. Halfhill returned to Northern Kentucky, where he eventually began working in the insurance business.
In the late 1980s, he was an insurance investigator with Hamilton County.
At age 69, he retired from the county and volunteered for the Florence Police Department where he performed fingerprinting.
Mr. Halfhill served in the Army Reserves and was a member of the Beaver Lick Christian Church; a former commanding officer for the Ohio Military Reserves; and a volunteer for the Kentucky State Militia.
In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, Timothy Ray Halfhill of Alexandria; a daughter, Terri Lynn Woods of Amelia; a stepdaughter, Debbie Wells of Verona; a stepson, Darryl Wright of Florence; a brother, H. Dennis Halfhill of Fort Wright; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Monday at Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 E. Southern Ave., Latonia. Service will follow. Burial with honor guard service will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.
Memorials: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Beaver Lick Christian Church, 12665 U.S. 42, Walton, KY 41094.
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