Randall L. “Randy” Brockhouse, 68, of rural LeClaire, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at UnityPoint Health in Bettendorf, Iowa.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the LeClaire American Legion Buffalo Bill Post 347 following the service.
Following the memorial service, Randy’s Celebration of Life will continue at Boll's Community Center in Princeton, Iowa with a late luncheon for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Randy's name may be made to his grandchildren's education fund.
Randy was born on July 26, 1954 in Sacramento, California, the son of Earl and Joyce (Graaff) Brockhouse. He graduated from North Scott High School in 1972, lettering in football, basketball, track and baseball.
Randy enlisted in the United States Navy in August of 1972 and served until 1975. While based in Jacksonville, Florida, he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, completing tours of both Iceland and Sicily. Randy was employed with the Rock Island Arsenal where he supervised contracting projects. Randy continued his "military service" as a member of the LeClaire American Legion Buffalo Bill Post 347, providing services to fallen veterans and marching in numerous local parades alongside his dad and his uncles, Bob and Kenneth Brockhouse. In addition to the Legion, Randy served in the Princeton Lions Club and volunteered for various community projects. He was an active member of Our Savior Presbyterian Church in Argo, Iowa where he had served as a Deacon.
Randy married his high school sweetheart, Rhonda L. Bowman on July 27, 1974. She was naturally attracted to him at the young age of sixteen because of his wit, charm and uncanny resemblance to Robert Redford. The couple made their home in Eldridge, Iowa where they raised their daughter, Sara and their son, Tommy. They were blessed beyond measure to enjoy a beautiful life of camping, playing baseball, numerous trips to Disney World and Florida and being a part of so many wonderful, close family gatherings.
Throughout his life he was known by all as a fun, gentle, kind, loving and most of all generous man. His heart was filled with joy when he was doing the things he loved most, such as coaching Tommy's baseball teams, playing "500" with his kids at Franklin Park, dressing up for Halloween, mushroom hunting every spring with Sara, gardening, fishing, watching the Red Sox win, mastering the art of finding seashells and doing "everyday things" with Rhonda. They had most recently just returned from a beautiful and unforgettable, month-long trip to Disney World and Clearwater Beach, Florida. But his greatest blessings, after his children, were his grandchildren, Peyton and Lily. There was not a thing in the world he wouldn't have done for them.
The life that Randy led was that of service to others, his family, his friends and most importantly, his country. Randy held a strong faith in God through all of his Earthly struggles and knew that God would be the hope for His future HOME.
Those left to honor his memory include his loving wife of nearly forty-nine years, Rhonda; his daughter, Sara Brockhouse-Weisbeck and granddaughter Lily Weisbeck, both of LeClaire; his grandson, Peyton Weisbeck at Iowa State University and Katie Oros at the University of Iowa; his brother, Dwight (Deb) of Muscatine, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Janet Bowman of Eldridge; his sister-in-law, Rhonda Brockhouse of Nashua, Iowa; his brothers-in-law, Scott (Linda) Bowman of Maquoketa, Iowa; Roger Baustian of Davenport, Iowa and Steve Bowman of Walcott, Iowa; as well as several beloved nieces and nephews and other extended family members.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Joyce Brockhouse; his son, Tommy Brockhouse; his brother, Ted Brockhouse; his infant sister Debra Brockhouse; his father-in-law, Ron Bowman; and his sister-in-law Sheila Baustian.
Randy’s memorial service will be livestreamed and will be posted below here
by 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.