- December 24, 1951 - October 18, 2011
- Austin, Texas
of Randy's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to MD Anderson, Seton Hospital, the Austin History Center, or the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. We also ask anyone who can to donate blood or platelets in his honor.
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Posted by: linda - houston, TX Jan 29, 2013
Randy and I were classmates in the planning program at UT, and we reconnected a few years ago when he was still with RECON. We had lunch on a few occasions, and I recall him telling me about his illness. I though that he had beat it; I'm so saddened to learn that he had not. He was a good planner, and a good man.
Posted by: Rpbert Jackson - Austin, TX - Business associate Dec 10, 2011
Joanne........just today heard the terribly sad news. So many fond memories of Randy and you in the RECON days of SanDiego and our one visit with you all in Austin. So sorry we lost touch over the years. Hugs to you and your daughters.
Paul & Bridget
Posted by: Bridget Blair Wietlisbach - Mount Juliet, TN - Friend and co-worker Nov 18, 2011
Dear Joanne, Kelly and Cheryl,
Not only are memories of Randy filled with smiles and fun, they are filled with wonderful discussions, tears, political and personal conversations. He gave great advice, but he listened even better.
I feel so lucky to have had time with all of you when I was a student in Austin, and then again during that brief time in Southern California a few years back, as Randy left Houston when I was still so young--but I remember him
Posted by: Vivian Norris & Lene de Montaigu - Paris, France - niece Nov 08, 2011
Dear Joanne and family,
I was so saddened to hear of Randy's passing. I really enjoyed talking to him when we would meet you at Gunar and Lauren's. He was a a good , caring person who made a real contribution to the world and his family and friends. You have my deepest sympathy.
Posted by: Pamela Vigil (Schmidt) - Austin, TX - friend Oct 28, 2011
Dear Joanne and family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Randy's passing. I worked with Randy off and on for close to 20 years and it was always a pleasure, both professionally and personally. We have not forgotten his creative inspiration that put us together with RECON for the first BCCP, a project that helped put our fledging company on the map. He was a talented and generous colleague and friend and many of us here at Hicks & Company
Posted by: Tom Van Zandt - Austin, TX - Friend and Colleague Oct 25, 2011
I have know Randy since we fingerpainted together in Kindergarten. He quickly grew to be "full size" in middle school towering over all who played with him and those who had to face him on the Kinkaid gridiron. #44 excelled on the field, setting that single game rushing record, in the classroom and in life. He faced and fought his cancer with the same fortitude and grace that he did all challenges in his life. I will always treasure his
Posted by: Malcolm Waddell - Houston, TX - Lifelong Friend Oct 24, 2011
We knew Randy as "Cheryl's Dad". He was a wonderful father - calm, supportive and kind. He obviously adored his family and was a very involved Dad.
Our deepest sympathy to Joanne, Cheryl and Kelly-
Beth and Bob Schlechter
Posted by: Beth Schlechter - Austin, TX - friend Oct 23, 2011
I HEARD ABOUT RANDY'S PASSING FROM A TXDOT EMPLOYEE.
HOW INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT THIS SORROWFUL TIME MUST BE FOR YOU, KELLY, CHERYL AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY.
I FIRST MET RANDY AS A CONSULTANT FOR TXDOT. RANDY LATER BECAME A TXDOT EMPLOYEE SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE I RETIRED FROM TXDOT.
JENISE WALTON AND JIM BARTA, BOTH CURRENT TXDOT EMPLOYEES, CONVINCED ME THAT RANDY WOULD BE A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO TXDOT--AND THEY WERE CORRECT. RANDY DEMONSTRATED HIS CREATIVE SPIRIT, CLASSY CHARACTER, UNSELFISHNESS, INCREDIBLE KNOWLEDGE AND
Posted by: DIANNA NOBLE - AUSTIN, TX - WORK PEER Oct 22, 2011
Randy was my mother's brother, Curtis's youngest son and the closest cousin to my age, so I knew Randy a bit better than his brothers and sister. He was a wonderful, compassionate and caring person who was devoted to his wife and kids. He was always so upbeat and positive, even as he fought his illness. I will always remember his big smile and hearty laugh and will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family right
Posted by: Melissa (Ball) Knust - Austin, TX - Cousin; closest to my age Oct 22, 2011
Randy encouraged me to look at planning as a career, not just a job. I was a single mom with two young girls and no child support so his validation of my potential meant a great deal. As a result, I did get my AICP which allowed me to do so much more with my life and provide so much more for my family. We lived in Old West Austin and my girls babysat for Kelly and Cheryl.
Posted by: Joan (Walthall) Hardy - Elgin, TX Oct 22, 2011
He was my uncle from Texas. When I was little I thought he was a cowboy too. I remember thinking he was soooo tall and he walked like a cowboy.
When I was about 13, just starting the long drawn-out teenage angst that was to follow (ask any of the relatives about it and they'll probably roll their eyes..) I went to visit my Texas cousins. We spent a night in a summer home somewhere. Aunt Joanne must've been putting
Posted by: Melissa Schork - Maquoketa, IA - niece Oct 22, 2011
Joanne, Cheryl, and Family,
I was saddened to read the news about Randy's death in the paper this morning. My thoughts go back to West Austin Babysitting Co-Op days, when our girls were small. My heart goes out to you all.
In deepest sympathy,
Lanie Tankard and Family
Posted by: Lanie Tankard - Austin, TX - Friend Oct 21, 2011
I first met Randy in 1978 in San Diego at RECON. He and Joanne were co-workers already dating. I called him JR and her JT. The following year they married and then moved back to Austin. We remained friends over the years through visits and letters as our lives paralleled with marriage, children, and then empty nests.
He and Joanne returned to RECON to see if San Diego would be a place to retire. We shared dinners, played scrabble, and solved
Posted by: Diane Bull - San Diego, CA - Friend Oct 21, 2011
He made me poached eggs once. I had never seen a poached egg before. He was Uncle Randy. He had a beard. Then didn't. Then, he did again. He was Strong and Stern, and Beautiful to look at. I loved him very much. I loved that he was my Uncle Randy. And, I will miss him.
Posted by: Jeff Norris - austin, TX - nephew Oct 21, 2011
He owned a ranch with real cows! I remember visiting there with my sister and mom. Spanish church ruins, a pond, and cattle. There it was he owned cattle. That cemented it. To me uncle Randy was a bearded cowboy, who had a ranch and a cowboy shop.
He took me to the side one day. It was either in Texas or one of the times he visited Chicago with aunt joanne. He pulled out a hat,
Posted by: David Foy - Elgin, IL - Nephew Oct 21, 2011
The legend of Uncle Randy according to David Foy.
The first thing I remember and will always associate with him is the beard. I remember thinking it was so cool as a kid. The epitome of manliness. I didn't know anyone with a beard! I remember asking my father to grow one, to which he replied" I did once. It looked stupid." I swore one day I would grow a beard and it would be just as cool as uncle
Posted by: David Foy - Elgin, IL - Nephew Oct 21, 2011
I came to know Randy many years ago when he was a tenant in our office. He subsequently designed our website for us which we are still using today. Randy was simply one of the kindest and nicest guys I have ever known and I feel it was a privilege to have been a small part of his life. Our condolences to Joanne and the girls.....
Posted by: Jackie Flippin - Austin, TX - Co-Worker Oct 20, 2011
Randy is fondly remembered and will be missed. He and Joanne were already at RECON when I was hired. The days on Cudahy were memorable and Randy is part of those memories. We were so pleased when he returned to RECON's employ and then stunned when leukemia reared its ugly head. But Randy was a fighter and a positive person. When he was feeling well, he had more energy than most of us. His stamina blessed us with many more
Posted by: Loretta Cornwell Gross - San Diego, CA - coworker Oct 20, 2011
Randy was great to work with. I enjoyed his stories and sense of humor and respected his knowledge and background. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Posted by: Susy Morlaes - Tucson, AZ - Co-worker Oct 20, 2011