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Randy "Brud" Williams
July 25, 1951–March 15, 2014
Randy "Brud" Williams, 62, of Center Junction passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 15, 2014, while being cared for at the Ed & Joan Hemphill Hospice Unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids.
Friends called from 4 - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Kramer's Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church in Monticello. Rev. Ellery Dykeman officiated.
Randy "Brud" Williams was born July 25, 1951, in Anamosa the first born son of Gale and Peggy (Vargason) Williams. In 1969, Randy graduated from a work study program at Midland High School.
Randy was united in marriage to Michael Leytem on September 6, 1975, at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, Monticello. He was employed at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and Wabash in Tipton.
Randy is survived by his wife of thirty-eight years, Michael Williams of Center Junction; his son, Christopher (Shauntel) of Ottumwa; six grandchildren: Alex, Isabel, Natalie, Dylan, Ian and Ethan; his father, Gale of Hale; two sisters: Pam Carradus of Langworthy and Gail Axtel of Loveland, Colorado; three brothers: Steven (Lisa) of Eldridge, Ronald (Deb) of Wyoming and Lynn (Mary) of Center Junction; sisters and brothers-in-law: Malinda (Mike) Finley of Cedar Rapids, Marla (Steve) Miner of Monticello and David (Pam) Leytem of Center Junction; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Meeting Randy in heaven are his mother, Peggy, two brothers-in-law: Philip Carradus and Doug Axtell, and nephew, Faron Michael Fritz.
To say Brud was a stock car race fan is an understatement! Watching dirt track racing was his passion. The late Red Droste and Darrel Dake were two of his favorites. He loved spending his Friday nights at Farley Speedway, cheering on the Dirks Racing team and his nephew Scott. St. Louis Cardinals were his favorite baseball team. Brud lived for riding horses with his family in the local holiday parades. Brud was a very happy person. He would strike up a conversation with anyone while snacking on a snickers and drinking a Pepsi. His laugh was infectious and one of a kind. He would do anything for anyone. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 21 March 2014


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