Randy English

William Randolph “Randy” passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 in Lawrence, KS at the age of 62, after a courageous battle against cancer. Randy was born in Richmond, VA on May 9, 1944 to Robert Tyler and Elizabeth Hodges Mann English. Randy is survived by his loving wife, Jodie Deines English (Lawrence, KS); sister, Bette & Lynn Baird and family (Raleigh, NC); son, Scott and Mary English, Catherine & Andrew (Oklahoma City, OK); mother-in-law, Jean “Pete” Deines (Tahlequah, OK); Lisa & Ken Davis and family (Tulsa, OK); Tyler and Dottie Palumbo-Deines and family (Highland Village, TX); Alan & Ruth Deines and family (Woodbine, KS); his beloved pets, Noel, Heidi, and Molly; and many friends. Randy was preceded in death by his parents and father in law, Kenneth Deines. Randy grew up in the area surrounding Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia. After proudly serving in the U.S. Marines, Randy began his career in the hospitality industry. His career began in Colonial Williamsburg, but took him to many locations including the Caribbean, the Midwest, southern California, and ultimately, back to the east coast, first to the Williamsburg area and then to Utica, NY. Randy was a man of high standards and he brought out the best in those around him. Not one to crave attention, Randy found great satisfaction in providing exceptional service to others. Randy’s career in the hospitality industry was a natural extension of his personality, and his family and friends knew him as the consummate host and Southern gentleman. Randy was a man of many talents–equally at home in his gourmet kitchen as he was in his garage workshop, both of which won the admiration of many for their impeccable organization! His love of golf continued to be an integral part of his life. Randy loved a good joke, both politely listening as well as telling them in his smooth, Southern-colonial accent. Loved by his family and friends, Randy will be greatly missed. A family memorial service is planned for Wednesday, February 28th at 11:00 AM at The Eudora Chapel, 1003 John L. Williams Drive, Eudora, KS. The family requests donations to Hospice Care in Douglas County, 200 Maine, Ste. D, Lawrence, KS 66044.


  1. Renee M. Tribble on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    I worked wMr. English for a few years at Patriots’ PlaceKingsgate and was blessed to have met his acquaintance – one heck of a worker, and knew what he wanted – worked right along side of you to get it!
    Thanks for all you did – God Bless you and yours! Thanks for helping get me to Vegas and continue wFairfield Resorts – Wyndham VO — God bless you, Jodi –

  2. Tommy Humphreys on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Jodie, I was so sorry to hear of your great loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Denise Longo on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jodie,
    I was so sorry to learn of your husband’s death. I just wanted you to know… I am thinking of you,and extending my heartfelt sympathy. Life is such a precious gift. I look forward to our God Jehovah’s promise when death will be no more. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Rev.21:4) My love and condolences are sent with this message.
    From my heart,
    Denise (Utica, NY)

  4. Sarah (Giffune) Stevens on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am


    I am sorry for your loss.

    You & Randy are always in my thoughts & prayers.

    The obituary was a perfect tribute to Randy – he was loved by many & will be missed by them all.


  5. Bette (Sis) on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Hey Jodie,
    I loved reading the memorials from your and Randy’s friends around the country. They are correct; the world is a better place for his being here. And so are we for the good fortune of sharing his life.

    Bette and Lynn

  6. Cynthia Zodda on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Jodie, Rich and I send our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your dear husband and friend, Randy. Please know you will be in our paryers. May God cradle you in His loving hands. Cyndi, Windermere, Florida

  7. Judy Nightengale Fuqua on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    I was very saddened by the news of Randy’s death. Randy and I graduated together at James Blair in Williamsburg, VA. He was my best “Home Room” buddy and my dear friend. I moved back to Williamsburg some time ago and I have oftened thought about Randy and all the good times we had growing up and discovering the world. I will always think of Randy and smile…he was truly a joy. With fond memories from his James Blair Buddy, Judy

  8. SHERRY HUMPHREYS on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Jodie – We are so sorry to hear about Randy.
    Your obituary was wonderful and truly described Randy. We often talk about the wonderful dinners he made for our family. I think about you often and was glad to hear your working with Frank – you two were a great team! Please email me sometime I would love to hear from you. I see you still have Noel – I’m sure “your children” are there to help you thru this dificult time. Our prayers are with you.

    Sherry & Bill Humphreys

  9. Lori Puhl on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Jodie, my prayers are with you and your family in your time of sorrow. Randy was a wonderful man and brought such class to everything he touched. Hold tight to your memories and please know how much your many friends and co-workers, past and present, care. Should you need to talk, please email or call me. God bless you and comfort you through this difficult time.
    Much love,
    Lori Puhl, Williamsburg VA

  10. Vic and Mary Zodda on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jody, Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God who knows our needs each day be with you now we pray. Much love, Vic and Mary

  11. Vic and Mary Zodda on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jody,

  12. Chuck on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    I am sending my heartfelt condolences to all of Randy’s family. He was a great man and we will miss greatly.

  13. Ann and Mason Somerville on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Dearest Jodie,

    We are so saddened to learn of Randy’s death. Yes, he truly was a Southern gentleman. Please know you are in our prayers.
    Ann and Mason

  14. Pat Richardson on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Randy set a standard for all who had the honor to know him. He did it just by his wonderful way of treating others and the way he conducted himself. The world is a better place for having had him here even for a short while.

  15. Judy and Mel Oster on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Please accept our deepest condolences to you, Randy’s family and of course “the girls”. The neighborhood isn’t the same without you guys. I miss seeing you on my way to work. You and Randy went above and beyond for us for Jane’s wedding–a kindness we will always remember. I’m sorry we lost touch but hope we can once again be in touch. Take care and always remember the good times and the kind, gentle person that Randy was. We will always remember him for the kind “Southern Gentleman” that he was and for his wonderful gardening skills and awesome organized garage. Take care and be well. Hope to hear from you again. Utica was fortunate to have you both here and so were we. May Randy rest in peace.
    Love Judy & Mel & Family

  16. Beth (Hall) and Chris Petriski on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    It was by fluke today that I picked up the newspaper. To my suprise, a great mentor of mine had passed. It is with deep gratitude and much sadness that I took that moment and remembered: the day I met Randy, the jokes he told, the pointers on home repair, the minute he believed in me, how he would challenge and respect Jodie and the day he told us he was heading back to the south. Jodie, you are an amazing woman and the perfect one to carry his memory. We wish for you time to soften the pain until all that remains is the comfort of memories.

  17. Bette AB Mammone on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Dearest Jodie: Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. You and Randy were dynamic and valued members of our community. Always know you both made Utica a better place for having been here with us. Fondly, Bette Mammone

  18. Carlton Hardy on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Randy’s family. Although I lost touch with Randy after graduation, I have fond memories of a really great guy during our days at James Blair High School (Williamsburg, VA). I was truly saddened to read of Randy’s death in today’s paper. May God stregthen you and guide you in the days to come.

  19. ed butch waszkiewicz on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Jodie,..condolences on your loss.Randy was always a fine gentleman..Will keep you in our prayers.
    Ed Butch waszkiewicz,utica,yorkville ny

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