Randy “Rando” Williams, 84, Topeka, passed away December 30, 2019 at a local hospital.
Randy was born September 1, 1935 in Jackson, Mississippi, the son of Robert E. and Ethel A. (Bush) Williams. He was raised in Jackson and graduated from Forest Hill High School in 1954.
He served in the Mississippi National Guard and ending with the U.S. Air Force at Forbes Field where he was honorably discharged in 1957.
He met the love of his life, Donnis Moden, 63 years ago at the Skyline Roller Rink. They married in Topeka on March 23, 1957. Surviving family includes his wife; daughters, Cherie (Kevin) Brownell of Emmett, Lorie Anderson (Keith Elliott) of Topeka; sister, Roberta Summers of Jackson, MS; granddaughter, Katie Bannon (Jason Steward) of Paola; grandsons, Aaron (Brooke) Brownell of Desoto and Gray (Kristin) Bothwell of Topeka. He was Popo to 7 great-grandchildren, Kiarra, Emma, Kendra, Micah, Providence, Amelia and Liam.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother in law, Jerri and Dan Painter; and brother, Robert “Bobby” Williams.
Randy and his wife operated Randos Club in Topeka for 26 years until his retirement in 2002.
Memberships include the Topeka Lodge No. 17 A.F. & A.M., Topeka Scottish Rite and the Arab Shrine. He was an avid sports fan. He loved spending time with his family and friends watching the Kansas City Chiefs, KU and K-State games.
It was his wish to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at The Bar 'N Grill, 2121 SW Belle Ave, Topeka, KS.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital, University of Kansas Health Systems, St. Francis Campus ICU Center or DonateLifeKansas.com
Randy was the oldest organ donor in Kansas and Missouri, and the first honor walk for the University of Kansas Health Systems, St. Francis Campus.
Dove Southwest Chapel is assisting with arrangements.
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