Hougham, Randall Scott

Hougham, Randall Scott

Male 1956 - 2009  (53 years)

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  • Name Hougham, Randall Scott 
    Born 1956 
    Gender Male 
    Died Apr 2009 

    • 2 dead in plane crash near Sandwich
      April 11, 2009 11:19 PM | 5 Comments <http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/04/two-dead-in-plane-crash-near-sandwich.html> | UPDATED STORY
      Randy Hougham ate breakfast, got a haircut and, seeing it was a beautiful Saturday morning, decided to take some friends up in his restored vintage plane at the Sandwich Airport in DeKalb County, family said.
      Meeting him were several members of the Hamilton family, including Lauren Hamilton, 22, a recent Bradley University graduate home to celebrate Easter.
      Hamilton's father and grandfather went up with Hougham and landed safely.
      But something went wrong on Hamilton's flight and both she and Hougham were killed when the single-engine 1946 Ercoupe 415-C crashed and caught fire about 1:50 p.m. in a cornfield along Route 34 just north of the private air strip, authorities said. The two were pronounced dead at the scene.

      Officials at the scene of a small plane crash in a DeKalb County cornfield. (Tribune / Zbigniew Bzdak)
      The plane had belonged to Hougham's grandfather. Hougham tracked it down after finding an old picture his mother had taken of it in 1948, according to a post he left on a message board devoted to that type of aircraft.
      It took more than a year to restore the plane, and he started flying it in 2006, according to those posts.
      "He was a great guy, a good family man, a good dad," said Hougham's brother-in-law, Bruce Burlingame of Glen Ellyn. "He was just a normal guy who did construction work and had a plane."
      Hougham, 53, leaves behind two adult sons, he said.
      Hamilton--a "happy, smiley, bubbly" woman--was living and working in Peoria, said Sheila Kotecki, whose daughter was good friends with her.
      The 2005 Sandwich Community High School graduate loved theater and being with friends, Kotecki said.
      Bill Coons of Lombard, a retired FAA aviation counselor and longtime Ercoupe owner, supplied Hougham with information for restoring the plane. He ended up giving Hougham and his son--then an Army pilot--their first ride in an Ercoupe, he said.
      Hougham, who had thanked Coons in an online post, kept the plane meticulously maintained, Coons said.
      "Randy was a very capable guy. He was flying all the time," said Coons. "Something mechanically must've gone wrong. It's the safest airplane in the world. These things don't fall out of the sky."
      Sandwich, a small town of more than 6,600 about 60 miles southwest of Chicago, is reeling from the deaths, she said.
    Person ID I8893  Hougham
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2009 

    Father Hougham, Roland Kelly
              b. 14 Dec 1924
              d. 29 Aug 2015, Mendota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother White, Ruby Catherine
              b. 1 Mar 1931
              d. 22 Jul 2014  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 22 Aug 1953 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2796  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
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    Family ID F3216  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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