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Ralph "Randy" Kennedy

December 29, 1953 — July 10, 2022


Ralph "Randy" Kennedy

It is with heavy heart that I announce the death of my father, Ralph “Randy” Randall Kennedy on July 10th, 2022 following a brave attempt to beat cancer. Randy was born on December 29th, 1953, in Rankin, Texas. His working career was in the West Texas oilfield where he was known for his honesty, integrity and knack for working with all landowners – even the most tenacious.

Randy’s passions were his family, golf, classic western fiction novels, and especially his love of music. He was a talented song writer, drummer and guitarist. His kind heart and gentle giant spirit earned him a multitude of lifelong friends and there are countless stories of helping others with their dreams and careers. Many of these stories remained untold until after his death, when we learned that many successful careers were assisted early on by Randy’s generosity and helping hand. Randy was a fair man that expected straightforward honesty from those he kept close, even if it meant making difficult and sometime costly decisions. You’d often hear him remind others that “You can’t go wrong with honest.” For those fortunate enough to know and love Randy, he will be missed, but the way in which he led his life will forever shape our paths that we chose.


Mr. Randy Kennedy was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie James Kennedy and Nellie Lorraine Chambers; one sister Esther Irene Wilson; one brother Michael Dwayne Kennedy; one niece Shelly Renee Kennedy.

Randy is survived by his wife Tara LaTreece Kennedy; sons Justin Kennedy (Kimberly) and Cody Thackerson (Stefani Elaine); daughters Kristin “Kristi” Kay Kennedy and Ashley LaTreece Thackerson; grandchildren Austyn (Micah), Britton, Caden, Kindall, William, Kaylie, Mikaela, Jaxson and Hadley; great grandchildren Everly and Alaéna; Randy’s “doodlebug” Harper; sister Vivian “Vicky” Lorraine Rogers; nieces and nephews Philip Michael Kennedy, Cody Neil Rogers (Heather), Kevin Scott Rogers, Jesse “Skip” Woodfin (Dana), Mark Aaron Woodfin (Denise) and Amy Joy Swiney (Doug).

A memorial service will be held at Shaffer Nichols Chapel, Crane, Texas on Saturday July 16th, 2022 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Crane Sandhills Rodeo, PO Box 514, Crane, TX 79731.

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Memorial Service

Saturday, July 16, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home

1503 Gaston Street, Crane, TX 79731

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