Leonard Carlos Randolph
Leonard Carlos Randolph
February 3, 1929 - January 12, 2019
Leonard Carlos Randolph, 89, passed away in Wichita Falls on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Lunnís Colonial Chapel with Rev. Mike Bumgarner officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Montague County, Texas under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral home. The family will be at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-7 PM, for visitation.
Leonard is predeceased by his parents, Richard Carlos and Dovie Randolph and his brother Wayne Randolph and his spouse JoAnn. He is survived by his sons, Richard Randolph and his spouse Donna, Randy Randolph and his spouse Alice. He has four surviving grandchildren, Sara Randolph Barnard and her spouse Will, Mollie Randolph Casazza, Patrick Randolph and is spouse Shelby and Loren Randolph Thomas and her spouse Jon. He is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren, Olive and Penley Barnard, Tyler Randolph Casazza, Rhett and Rhys Randolph and Logan Thomas.
Leonard was born on February 3, 1929, in Montague County. He was the oldest son of Carlos and Dovie Randolph. Leonard grew up in Buffalo Springs and for a time lived with the Brock family so he could continue to attend Midway High School and graduate in 1946. He was an excellent student and athlete. He played basketball and baseball.
While working in Burkburnett, he met what was to be the love of his life, Grace Revier. He entered the Army in November 1950 and continued dating Grace. Leonard and Grace were married in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, May 20, 1951 while he was on leave from the Army.
After getting married Leonard went back to Ft. Hood where he was transferred to the Utah General Depot as part of the U.S. Armyís Special Services Division responsible for operating the Depot. Grace joined him shortly after he found a place for them to live.
Leonard was transferred to Ft. Hood so they moved to Lampasas, TX to live while Leonard finished his service duty as a Staff Sargent with the Military Police and was honorably discharged in November 1952.
After being discharged from the service, Leonard worked for Revier Drilling and Production Company. Leonard held various jobs for Revier for 10 years and supervised drilling and lease operations.
In 1962 he went to work for OilTex Supply Company as a supervisor and heavy equipment mechanic, before joining Serv-Air Inc. in 1967. From 1967 to his retirement in 1991, Leonard worked at Sheppard Air Force Base with Serv-Air, Northrop and Dyncorp as a mechanic for Aero Space Ground Equipment supporting the NATO flight training operations at Sheppard.
Leonardís favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing. He enjoyed quail and dove hunting with his father and brother Wayne. In the early 60ís he responded to an ad in Sports Afield magazine from the Grand Island, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce wanting to place pheasant hunters with local families. Dad went to Nebraska and was placed with the Rasmussen Family of Hazard. He continued to go to Nebraska every fall for the opening of pheasant season for the next 30 years. Randy and Richard joined him in later years and the families remain close to this day.
When they retired Leonard and Grace traveled in Canada and the US and made trips to Ireland, Scotland and the UK. But one of their favorite activities was traveling with their Good Samís friends. They stayed close to their Good Samís buddies until their passing. Leonard talked about his RV and his trips with great joy.
Leonard was a ďjack-of-all-tradesĒ and could wire and plumb a house, fix just about any internal combustion engine or diesel and was an accomplished welder and machinist.
St. Markís United Methodist Church was their second home and foundation. They lived across the alley behind the Church. Dad served at the maintenance man for the parish house and the Church. Replacing water heaters, appliances and attending to plumbing issues. During recent years he enjoyed attending Sunday services and Wednesday morning Bible study.
Leonard got pleasure out of meeting people and engaging them in conversation: especially talking about the oil business and hunting and fishing.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Markís United Methodist Church at 4319 McNiel Avenue, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.