A Prayer service for Sgt. Randell Olguin, 24, of Ralls will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, 2007 at the Ralls First Baptist Church. Funeral services with full military honors will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 at the same church with Army Chaplain Alva Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Ralls Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home in Ralls.
Randell passed away on Sept. 30, 2007 when his unit was attacked in Baghdad while on patrol.
He was born on Aug. 2, 1983 in Orlando, Florida to Senaido and Gail (Bowen) Olguin. He moved to Ralls in 1990 from McAllen and graduated from Ralls High School in 2003. During his years at Ralls High School he played football for four years, played baseball for four years and was an all district honorable mention. He participated in track three years and was a regional qualifier in cross country for three years. Randy also played basketball for a year and was in the band for three years. Right after graduation he enlisted in the US Army and was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment out of Germany and was presently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. He married Anna Hammer, who he had met in Germany, on Dec. 22, 2005 in Ralls while home on leave.
Survivors include his wife; Anna of Germany; his parents, Senaido and Gail Olguin of Ralls; a brother, Jose G. Olguin of Ralls; three sisters, Jennie Morin, Anita Baker and Janet L. Rios all of Lubbock and his maternal grandmother; Virginia G. Bowen of Ocoee, Florida.
Randy will lie in state at the Ralls First Baptist Church from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Monday.
©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Sunday, October 7, 2007
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