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Randy Cody

December 30, 2018
Estherville News

A Celebration of Life Service for Randy Cody, 68, of Estherville, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Jan. 2, 2019, at Grandview Baptist Church in Estherville with Pastor Ernie Gafkjen officiating. Interment will be at Estherville Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by the Iowa Honor Guard, VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Mooresville, N.C., surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the VFW.

Randol R. Cody, the son of Clifford Merrill and the late Beverly Eide, was born May 14, 1950 in Estherville, Iowa. He received his education and graduated from Estherville High School in 1968. In 1969, he graduated with honors from Iowa Lakes Community College, where he focused on auto body repair. Randy served in the United States Army until his medical discharge.

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On June 13, 1970 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carol Alvestad. The couple made their home in Estherville where they raised their family. Randy has owned and operated Randy's Body & Wrecker since 1971. He enjoyed motorcycle rides, watching NASCAR races, volunteering, and collecting small-scale fire trucks and wreckers.

Randy was a past member and former deacon of Calvary Gospel Assembly, and a current member of Grandview Baptist Church in Estherville. He was a past Estherville Jaycee and a member of the Estherville and Gruver Fire Departments. He has been a firefighter since 1974, serving as Estherville Fire Chief from 2002 - 2005. Randy went on several mission trips and was very involved in the community. He was known and loved for his good-natured orneriness.

Left to cherish Randy's memory are his wife of 48 years, Carol of Estherville; his children, Jennifer (Dean) Heidt of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Ross (Valerie) Cody of Mooresville, North Carolina; two grandsons, Nathan and Bryston Heidt; father, Cliff Merrill; siblings, Kris (Steve) Randles; Russel Cody; Richard Cody; Roxann Merrill; Melissa; Susan; Elliott (Jane) Cody; and Christy Johnson.

He has been preceded in death by his mother and biological father, Elvin Cody.

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