Randall E. Leyendecker

August 31, 1954 - July 27, 2020
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RANDALL E. LEYENDECKER

1954 – 2020

Randall E. Leyendecker, 66 was called to heaven July 27, 2020 in Laredo, Texas. Randy was the younger of two sons born to Edward and Virginia Leyendecker, Jr. He attended Blessed Sacrament School and continued his education at St. Joseph’s Academy. After graduating from high school, his studies took him to North Texas State University in Denton, followed by Texas A&M University in College Station.

Throughout his teen and adolescent years, Randy, his brother, and a mix of cousins worked alongside the employees of City Lumber Company on Washington St. in downtown Laredo. While learning the basics of the lumber business, Randy was usually at the center of all the fun and mischief that he and his younger relatives would cook up. During his junior high and high school years, Randy made many long-lasting friendships, and took great pride knowing those friends not only kept in touch, but continue to laugh, to tease, and to care for one another as much as they did ­fifty years ago.

In the late ‘70s Randy moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where he worked for CC Brick & Lumber. It didn’t take long before returning to Laredo where he joined Distinctive Designers followed by Big G’s Lumber. The early ‘80s marked the beginning of Leyendecker Lumber, a partnership between Randy, and friend, the late Eduardo E. Barreda, CPA. His cousin, Terry Powell ran the back office helping to insure its success for 35 years. For a short time, Randy became a resident of Monterrey, Mexico while heading up an extension of Leyendecker Lumber called Leyendecker de Mexico.

Back in Laredo, Randy ­finally found and married his soul mate, Mildred “Jeannie” Lee. She was a dedicated wife and assisted him with all his endeavors, and Randy made no secret that he loved each of her children as if they were his. During his struggle with cancer, she insisted on caring for Randy at home and on her own. It was difficult and backbreaking, but Jeannie managed to do an amazing job to the very end.

Randy’s Christian spirit and love of God led him to perform many charitable acts. He wasn’t one to sing his own praises, and most of his unsel­fish efforts went unseen by most, but the short list includes the founding of the Laredo Stepping Stone, a center used to facilitate missionaries going to and from Mexico; his work with Bethany House and with the South Texas Food Bank; numerous and continuous contributions to preachers for their church funds and events; personally delivering daily meals to homeless individuals; preaching and distributing hot food at Jarvis Plaza to anyone hungry, homeless or living in the old folk’s home; preparing and delivering fresh food to the victims of hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi; Sunday afternoons spreading God’s word to inmates in a small prison outside of Cotulla, Texas, and many other works and deeds, some we aren’t even aware of.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mildred J. Leyendecker; his stepchildren, Francisco (Claudia) Lopez , Reno (Jessica) Lopez, David (Elizabeth) Lopez, and Jessie (Lisa) Lopez; grandchildren, Reno, Lexi, Lizzy, Janell, Carly, Abram and Liam; far too many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces to name, as well as his only sibling, Edward Leyendecker, III. Randy was preceded in death by his father, Edward R. Leyendecker, Jr., and mother, Virginia Teeter Leyendecker.

A memorial service will be held at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a tax deductible donation to:

Randy Leyendecker Memorial Foundation

Care of Laredo Area Community Foundation

P.O. Box 450223

Laredo, TX 78045

Your contribution will be used to help support the Laredo Stepping Stone.

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Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services

Address:

1320 Trey Drive
Laredo, Texas 78041

A Memorial Service will begin at 6:30 pm


 

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Born: August 31, 1954
Died: July 27, 2020

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Bridget Leyendecker posted on 8/10/20

With love and respect...my heart is full of the love you showed to me and my brother. You will be missed.

 

Frances E Gonzalez posted on 8/10/20

Our Sincere Condolences and Love to Ms. Jeannie and Family 🕯🕯🕯 Frances E Gonzalez and Family +Eulogio "Chacho" Gonzalez ❤🎺❤

 

Sonia Bernal posted on 8/6/20

Yo se que Randy ya esta en los brazos del Señor. Sigamos su ejemplo que es lo mas hermoso que el nos dejo. Que Dios le de la fortaleza a los que la necesiten. Porque el morir en Cristo es lo mejor que esperamos todos los que servimos a el. Mis mas sinceras condolencias.

 

Bill Hovel SJA Class of 72 posted on 8/6/20

In memory of Randall E. Leyendecker, Bill Hovel SJA Class of 72 lit a candle

 

Bill Hovel SJA Class of 72 posted on 8/6/20

My sincerest condolences to the entire Leyendecker family. Randy and I were friends almost since diapers. Even though my life journey took me away from Laredo, our friendship remained strong. I feel fortunate to have been able to visit with Randy a few weeks ago, remembering the good old days and saying our goodbyes. Heaven is a better place because Randy is there. I'll miss you my dear friend.

 

Rosa Huff posted on 8/6/20

My sincerist condolences to all of Randy’s Family. Wayo, I was sorry to here about your brother. How proud you all must be to have had a true servant to our most high as your brother. His smile and twinkle of light in his eyes says it all. Un abrazo grande!

 

Erika & Raul Torres posted on 8/6/20

Our deepest condolences to the Leyendecker family and extended family for your loss. Randy was a great man with a huge heart willing to help anyone And always with a smile. It was a great honor and privilege to have worked with him so many years, he was just like family to us. So many beautiful memories with him. Jeannie, we love you very much and may the Lord give you strength and peace in these tough moments. We are praying for you! RIP Randy next to our savior and all his glory; you will always be in our hearts. We love you

 

Mary Longoria posted on 8/4/20

Wayo, I am so sorry to hear of Randy's passing. Every time I saw him he was ready to greet me with a big smile on his face. I knew instinctively that he was a good man. I will be praying for you and Randy and his family. May the Lord help you in your time of bereavement. Mary Kathryn Longoria

 

Chano & Leti Guardiola posted on 8/4/20

RIP Randy.

 

Chano & Leti Guardiola posted on 8/4/20

Our deepest condolences to Jeanie and all the family. May God be with you and see you through this difficult time. Randy was an exceptional person in many ways and he will always live in our hearts. May he RIP.

 

Ricardo Castilleja posted on 8/4/20

My condolence to the family.

 

Paul Frey posted on 8/3/20

Much love to Jeannie and all the family. I am so grateful for Randy, his love of God and his love of his neighbor. He was an inspiration to me and many other people. His willingness to love all, pray with anyone, seek out the hurting, and tangibly show the love of God were a precious gift. Much love in Christ - Matthew 25:40

 

gerardo l pina posted on 8/2/20

Randy, thanks for helping me out all this years. you use to sell me rebars that were damage. I used to make trash can holders and sold them every weekend. your help really help my family and me during those hard times. Thanks for being my friend and your help. Plus I used to purchase for the City of Laredo and your company really made my job easier. God Bless you and your family. Gerardo L. Piña (Jerry) 2208 Blaine St. Laredo, Texas 78043

 

Jon J. Guerrero posted on 8/2/20

Our deepest condolences to miss Genie and the whole leyendecker family we have suffered a great loss and we'll miss Randy he knew the meaning of love peace and understanding because the Lord did not give him a Spirit of weakness but of love power and sound mind rest in peace my brother. Jon and Cindy Guerrero Hector and herlinda Alvarado

 

Javier Morales posted on 8/1/20

In memory of Randall E. Leyendecker, Javier Morales lit a candle

 

Javier Morales posted on 7/31/20

I met Randy in 1964 when we were fourth graders at St Joseph’s Academy. I remember him carrying his Bible in the school cafeteria; he was a Christian even then. We kept in touch throughout our lives, but these past few months, we spoke to each other almost daily. I feel especially blessed to have spent the last days of his life with him and our childhood friends. Randy never lost his faith and was ready to meet his He Heavenly Father. He was an incredible man of God that inspired us all to be bold about sharing our faith and our walk with God. Rest In Peace.

 

OSCAR MONTIEL posted on 7/31/20

Mis condolencias a toda la familia, un gran siervo de Dios,

 

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