A cherished father, grandfather, brother and friend was lost when Ronald Lee Randall passed away on April 15, 2020 in Billings, MT. While his father was stationed in overseas, Ron was born in La Rochelle, France on 11/12/1957 to Ronald C. Randall and Josette Allgood (Castain). They moved back to Ron Sr.’s hometown of Rolla, MO when Ron was just 9 months old.
Ron would soon become the eldest brother and ringleader of two younger brothers. His soft heart first revealed itself in his fierce love and protection for his mother Josette, who would later become a single mother to three young boys. The trio were often referred to as the Randall Heathens for their notoriously raucous and boisterous ways. Thankfully, Ron soon found a constructive lifelong passion in the world of sports and excelled in basketball, football and baseball. While he was a fan of all things sports related, baseball captured his heart the most.
Ron always had an independent spirit and the heart of an explorer. He would spend the rest of his years between the Rocky Mountains and the Missouri River. After high school Ron set out to explore the country and discovered his next two loves-the Rocky Mountains and the four children he would later come to raise in great state of Wyoming. He was able to implore his love of sports to instill a sense of work ethic, competition and teamwork by serving as coach on his children’s sports teams for many years.
His analytical mind and innate ability to repair and improve things led Ron to a lifelong career in various managerial roles in the automotive industry, often with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. He served in positions from service manager to general manager at dealerships in Montana, Wyoming and Missouri throughout his career. Ron enjoyed repairing and restoring older vehicles in his spare time. His creative mechanical abilities were not exclusive to automotive pursuits. Never one to spend an unnecessary dollar, Ron was well known for his MacGyver-like ability to create and enhance just about anything with a mere role of duct tape.
Among Ron’s other unique talents was an incredible green thumb. After his kids had completed high school, he decided a change of pace was in order and took a stab at farming and ranching back at the family farm in Rolla, MO. We will all fondly remember the beautiful gardens and rosebushes he cultivated. However, after realizing he had inherited his mother’s inability to harm the family pets (aka cattle) he decided that ranching was perhaps not for him. After parting with his favorite cow, T-Bone, Ron returned to Montana and again resumed work in auto dealerships until he retired in 2015.
The last decade in Ron’s life was among his most enjoyable as he discovered his true passion in life- his grandkids. He spent this time attending sports games and helping passenger grandkids around. He again called upon his sports background as a platform to pass on both technical and life skills. Without question, his favorite past time was sharing baseball tips and techniques with his grandchildren.
Ron is survived by his children, Schad (Stacey) Randall, James Kessner-Randall, Gabe (Brittney) Randall, and Mandy (Dave) Kern along with his brothers Donny (Kathy) Randall and David (Susan) Randall as well as several nieces and nephews. He leaves behind his precious grandchildren: Shaydon, Shylee, Ollie Jay, Danica, Austin, Preston, Devon and Tessa. He was preceded in death by his mother & stepfather Josette & Dewey Allgood and his father Ronald C. Randall.
As a natural social distancer with an inclination to avoid groups of greater than 4, we have no doubt Ron would find some gratification in the fact that services cannot be held until further notice due to COVID-19. A small celebration of life will be scheduled for summer 2020 in one of Ron’s most treasured destinations, Teton National Forest. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s name at https://www.littleleague.org/who-we-are/making-a-donation/ or your local youth baseball or sports program.