Randolph "Randy" Bay Abbott, of Leavenworth, Kan., died Saturday, July 20, 2013. at the age of 63. Randy was born March 19, 1950, in Tulsa, Okla., the youngest son of Halene and William Leslie Abbott.
He was the loving husband of Joy Abbott, devoted father of Bay, Molly and Megan Abbott; loving son of Halene White; beloved brother of Linda Abbott Sutton. Randy was a loving brother-in-law, step-brother, uncle, and great uncle to many.
He was preceded in death by his brother, William Leslie Abbott II; his father, William Leslie Abbott; his step-father, Marlow V. White; his step-brother, Tom White; and his step-sister, Lillian Shagrin.
Randy grew up in Lawton, Okla. and graduated from Lawton High School in 1968. After studying Business Administration for four years at Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla., Randy traveled extensively for the next two years in South, Central and North America.
In 1974, he joined the Peace Corps. After three months of Language and Agricultural training in Costa Rica, he was assigned to Paraguay, South America for the next two and a half years.
After returning from the Peace Corps in 1977, Randy began working alongside his mother, Halene and step-father, Marlow White in the family Military Uniform business for 11 years until Marlow's death in 1987. At that time, Mrs. White turned control of the business over to her son as Chief Operating Officer of Marlow White Military Uniforms.
He moved the company from Delaware Street to the 400 Seneca location in 2004, where it's located now proudly serving the military and public safety personnel. The current location originally built in 1914 as a glove factory, was completely restored to its original condition. The renovation was recognized by the Leavenworth Main Street Program as an outstanding economic development project. In 2008, Randy and his partners built the Palma Royale Hotel on the island of Bocas del Toro in Panama. A location he frequently traveled to.
One of Randy's many passions was playing golf with friends and in tournament competitions. In addition to his love for golf, he enjoyed fishing in ponds, lakes, and the deep sea, but what he really loved, was to go catching.
Most of all he enjoyed meeting people and had a gift for listening and giving great advice.
Randy was known for his honesty, integrity, sense of humor, wisdom, compassion, storytelling and love of his family and life. He always loved dogs and especially cherished his precious little dog Chloe. He was an extremely well loved and admired man. He will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday July 23, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 711 N. 5th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Cremation provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to (LAWS) The Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society, St. Luke's Hospice, or Leavenworth Catholic Charities.