Randy Joseph DeDecker, D.V.M., was born December 18, 1952, to Harold and Gertrude DeDecker in Appleton, WI, the youngest of four siblings. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy, on June 15, 1973. His daughter, Laura, was born in 1983 and his son, James, in 1985. He graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. In 1988, he graduated from UW-Madison, earning a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he practiced in communities across Wisconsin until 2003 when he purchased Country View Animal Hospital (CVAH) in Neenah, WI.
Randy fought a life-long battle with Crohn’s disease and, in his final years, multiple related health problems. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2020, Randy passed away peacefully on January 25 at home surrounded by family.
Randy loved nature, gardening and the outdoors; stars, birds and flowers all enthralled him. One of his favorite activities each year was the Sandhill crane count, which he and his family have participated in since 1983. Randy was also a train enthusiast, colleting Lionel model trains since childhood. He cared for, and was generous toward, those around him. Randy cherished the time he spent with his three grandchildren: Ana (11), Adah (10) and George (4 mo.). He also cared deeply about the employees and clients of CVAH and their non-human family members.
Randy is survived by his devoted wife, Nancy; his two children, Laura (Jeremy) Malzon and James (Lucy) DeDecker; his three sisters, Rose (Tom-deceased) Ahrens, Kathy (Bill-deceased) Gardner, and Terry Schmidt; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law Margery Balliette; and his three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both of his parents. A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at Kessler Funeral Home in Neenah, WI on Friday, January 29, 5-7pm. Memorials may be made in his honor to Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust or Wisconsin Public Broadcasting.
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