January 11, 1949 - June 13, 2017
Born in Jasper, Texas, on January 11, 1949, Randy was the son of Kenneth Austin Rickenbrode and Mary Drucilla (Clark) Rickenbrode. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bridge City where he served as a Deacon and sang with the praise team. Randy loved his job at Chemtrade and would have completed 40 years of service with the company in August. He enjoyed photography and spending time gardening and fishing. Randy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mary Rickenbrode; and his brothers, Clark Rickenbrode and Ronald Rickenbrode.
Randy is survived by his loving wife, Pat Rickenbrode; sons, Tim Rickenbrode and wife Michelle, of Bridge City and Phillip Rickenbrode and wife Amber, of Orangefield; grandchildren, Zachery and Jaycee Rickenbrode, Austin Lane, Grayson and Henley Rickenbrode; and his sister, JoAnn Molley, of Laga Vista.
Serving as pallbearers will be Phillip Rickenbrode, Tim Rickenbrode, Bo Henley, Bill McCollum, Bruce Hendricks, and Gene Gremillion. Honorary pallbearers are Zachery Rickenbrode, Austin Rickenbrode, Grayson Rickenbrode, and the Deacons of First Baptist Church of Bridge City.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Bridge City at 200 W. Roundbunch Rd., Bridge City, TX 77611.
Deacon Biography - Randy Rickenbrode was born in Jasper, Texas. He contracted polio at the age of six and after many struggles and his Mother’s determination recovered and learned to walk again. He attended Jasper schools and was very active in the band during Jr. High and High School. His mother read him Bible stories and he learned about Jesus through her teaching. Randy moved to Port Arthur in 1970 to attend Port Arthur College and studied Electronic Technology. It is there he met Pat and starting attending First Baptist Church. It was at First Baptist that Randy met so many loving and caring people and received lots of encouragement in the knowledge of the Lord. Bro. Bob Holt was the pastor at the time and asked Randy if he knew the Lord as my personal savior and he did not. He led him to the Lord and the age of 23 and was baptized the next Sunday. Randy completed his technical degree from Port Arthur College, moved to Houston and began working for Texas Instruments. One year later Randy and Pat were married at First Baptist Church, Bridge City (1972). Their first child, Timothy was born in Houston and they decided to come “home” to raise their family and rejoin First Baptist. They have two sons, Timothy and Phillip and 5 beautiful grandchildren. Randy worked for N. L. Schaffer Tools for about one year in Beaumont. He now is employed by Chemtrade Logistics (old Olin Chemical) where he has worked for 37 years. Once back home Randy began to know that there was more to church than just singing a few songs and hearing good preaching on Sundays. The Lord convicted him to start learning what it really meant to serve. He taught Junior High children for about eight years and was the Adult 5 Sunday School Director for 12 years. He has served as an active deacon for 20 years. During this time he joined the choir, each time growing in a deeper relationship with the Lord. Randy enjoys gardening, fishing, traveling and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He considers it an honor to serve at FBC. It is very hard to put into words, Randy and Pat thank you, First Baptist, for the honor to serve each of you. His very favorite two scriptures that he lives by are below: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV)