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William “Bill” Randolph

 

Bill Randolph, 74, of Leavenworth, Kansas passed away Monday, May 6th 2019, in Cape Coral, Florida after a battle with illness.

Bill was born June 6th, 1944 in Petersburg, VA to Henry Reeves and Mildred James. However, he was adopted as a small child by Earnest “Lightning” Randolph after he and Mildred married, and always considered “Lightning” his Father.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Mildred Randolph, and his beloved dogs “Molly” and “Ellie Mae”.

Bill graduated from Leavenworth high School in 1962, where shortly thereafter, he joined the Kansas National Guard in which he served proudly until 1968.

He began his career in Corrections at Lansing Correctional Facility as a Penal Officer (Counselor) in 1968, and retired as a Captain, in 1994, where he influenced the lives of many. He was commonly referred to as “Boots” by those who worked beside him.

Aside from his career in Corrections, Bill was also a licensed electrician. He worked evenings and weekends (and then full time for a number of years after his retirement from LCF) for the family Electrical business that he and his father started out of an old car in the early 1970’s, which is now known as Crockett Electric.

Bill married Judy (Johannes) Randolph November 14th, 1965. She survives of the home in Cape Coral, FL. He is also survived by a son E. Clinton Randolph of Leavenworth, KS, daughter Amanda B. Randolph (Fiance’ John Willcox) of Care Coral, FL, siblings, Randy (Thelma) Randolph of Indiana, Linda Nelson of Houston, TX, Patricia (Steve) Gilreath of Salina KS, Gloria (Roger) Crockett of Leavenworth, KS, several nieces and nephews as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Bill was a devoted Husband and Father who enjoyed time with his family and had many hobbies. He was a MOPAR fan who enjoyed working on old cars, and at one time had quite the collection of old Dodge Coronets. He enjoyed bird hunting with his family and friends through the years and was also an avid fisherman. He participated in several Bass Tournaments in the Midwest, even placing in some of them. But for him, it was not about the prize, it was about the thrill of the catch. And like most fishermen, he loved swapping “fish tales” with anyone who shared that common interest.

He also loved tinkering in his garage and was always out there fixing things. If something was broken, you could bet that he could find a way to fix it!

Bill also treasured the friendships of his neighbors and friends of all ages who he had come to know through the years. They truly meant a lot to him, and the family is grateful for their friendships they formed with him.

Bill and his wife had always wanted to live in Florida, and in his final days he had a goal to see the duplex that he and Judy had recently purchased together in Cape Coral with their daughter, Amanda. He promised his wife that they would spend the rest of their lives together, finally living their dream. And on May 4th, he honored that promise to her by making the trip and finally getting to see their new piece of “Paradise”. As always, Bill was a man of his word, right up until the very end.

Per Bill’s request, no Memorial services will be held. If you have a special memory to share with the family, you can post it on the Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home website at baldwinbrothers.com

 

The family would like to thank Dr. Nicholas Brockert and his staff, the ICU staff at St. Luke’s Hospital, and the many friends of the family who came together the weeks prior to his passing to help him achieve his dream. We are forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to the organizations of his choice:

The NRA Foundation, 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Hope Inc. (Spay and Neuter Program) 728 Cherokee, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

Hope Hospice c/o Development Office 9470 Health Park Circle Fort Myers, FL 33908


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  1. 17 May 2019
    J Willcox says:
    I was honored to now Bill Randolph for the shortest time that every body else did in his circle of family and friends,I’m so honor for that short time of over eight years an will never forget the times we had fishing with him an Amanda our at Gary’s pond or just him an I.We all looked forward to having more fishing adventure down here in are new paradise,but the good lord had other plans for you an us,so instead you are fishing all the time now, with your beloved dogs,you got a jump on us again maybe you will take me to the honey holes when we meet up again sir.Love you an miss you Bill Randolph

  2. 17 May 2019
    John Willcox says:
    I was honored to now Bill Randolph for the shortest time that every body else did in his circle of family and friends,I’m so honor for that short time of over eight years an will never forget the times we had fishing with him an Amanda our at Gary’s pond or just him an I.We all looked forward to having more fishing adventure down here in are new paradise,but the good lord had other plans for you an us,so instead you are fishing all the time now, with your beloved dogs,you got a jump on us again maybe you will take me to the honey holes when we meet up again sir.Love you an miss you Bill Randolph

  3. 17 May 2019
    Pat & Steve Gilreath says:
    This is Billy’s baby sister, Pat Gilreath! Billy & I were very close as kids & through adult life! Whenever I was having serious he & Judy & Mandy were always here! I loved my brother dearly & have lots of great memories of him! I know I will see him again someday in heaven & my heart goes out to my sister-in-law Judy, niece Mandy & her fiancé! Love you all! Thank you for fulfilling my brother’s dream to live in Florida! God Bless you all as you go on with your live without Billy! ❤️

  4. 17 May 2019
    James and Beatrice Wardlow says:
    No words can say the Love Jim and I have for you Judy and the precious family who have given us so much joy. May Bill watch over us from Heaven. LVU Jim and Bea Wardlow

  5. 17 May 2019
    Christa Grunewald says:
    A beautiful and honorable tribute to such a beloved man. Danny and I will always be grateful that he was a part of our lives. He will always be watching over Danny’s shoulder telling him where to cast that line. Much love to you all.

  6. 17 May 2019
    Amanda Randolph says:
    You'll forever be missed. this was not the way it was supposed to be... we were supposed to be out fishing and enjoying the weather together. I know you're in Heaven fishing with your dogs and father. Missing you...

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