Randall Lee Deines


Randall Lee Deines, 66, of Stilwell, KS lost his battle with cancer on February 24, 2021.  Randy was able to pass on from this earthly life in the comfort of his own home with his family at his bedside.  The hospice chaplain was able to visit Randy in the home prior to his passing.

Randy was born on June 28, 1954 in WaKeeney, KS to LaVerne and Delores (Goetz) Deines who married in 1950.  LaVerne was a farmer from WaKeeney, KS and Delores was a homemaker, seamstress, and “card player” from Park, KS. Randy attended Trego County High School where he was class president and lettered in sports, graduating in 1972.  He worked at a young age at the local gas station, along with his family duties on the farm which were limited at times due to bouts of hay fever.  Randy played multiple sports in his youth, including baseball, basketball, and tennis. He was particularly good at bowling and represented his home-town in multiple bowling leagues. 

Randy received an Associates Degree from Parks Business College in Denver, Colorado. In 1973, he met Debbie Bradley and they were married in August 1974.  Randy and Debbie had a son Nicholas (Cole) Lee Deines, born November 26, 1980.

In 1977, Randy hired on with the corporate headquarters for Payless Cashways, Inc. in Denver, CO.  The company soon moved this office to Kansas City, MO.  There he thrived through a twenty plus year career. During that time, he climbed the ranks, working as accounting manager, controller, store systems manager/conversion, director of store ops, and district manager. Randy earned many accolades for his achievements at Payless, including international vacations.  A corporate bankruptcy ended his Payless career, but Randy was able to use his depth of business knowledge at a handful of construction and farm/ranch businesses before striking off on his own. He ran his own business as a general contractor for the last 15 years, performing home and business renovations, maintenance and repairs.

Randy enjoyed participating in and watching sports.  Whether in person or on TV, he enthusiastically followed KU Jayhawk’s basketball, the Kansas City Chiefs, Big 12 college football, Nascar, and pro golf. Many of his favorite moments in life happened while golfing with friends throughout the U.S. and around the world.  Randy also loved his TV and remote control … he recorded many hours-worth of shows … including EVERY Perry Mason episode (271).

Throughout his life, Randy worked hard and played hard. He brought humor and energy to everything he did. Among other things, Randy was a quick-study, a great story teller, and a thoughtful mentor. He made a great many friends along the way, whose love and respect he cherished. One of his proudest achievements in his life was that he made a positive difference in the lives of the people around him. 

Randy is survived by his partner Cheryl Trayer of Stilwell, KS; his son Nicholas (Cole) Deines, daughter-in-law Elizabeth Dale-Deines, and his precious granddaughter Ella Deines (6) of Arlington, VA; his three sisters – LaVerna Joleen Heckman (Rick) of Reno, NV; Leanna Rae Mohr (Ernie) of DeSoto, KS; Stacey Dia Hodges (Kelly) of Shawnee, KS; nieces and nephews.  He was proceeded in death by his parents, LaVerne (1987) and Delores (2019) Deines, of WaKeeney, KS. 


Memorial services have been postponed due to COVID, to happen later in the year.  Randy’s ashes will be buried at Trego Center Zion Lutheran Cemetery in WaKeeney, KS. 

Memorial Contributions

If you would like to honor Randy’s memory with a gift, please consider donating to one of the following:


—Kansas City NARI Futures Fund (focused on growing youth interest in the remodeling industry)


—The Whole Person (which, among other things, will provide home modifications for those in need)


—Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City



  1. Greg Taylor on March 23, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    I had known of Randy for years, prior to the Payless restructure when we all became GSD’s, (Kading, Slimm, Randy and myself). Once that happened, 4 knuckleheads, were thick as thieves. Up until this past year, we never missed a Christmas when we all got together to share old stories and worthless Christmas presents. Randy’s stories and personality was infectious and to this day, I really wonder if he actually had a lawyer in Blue Springs or just another favorite watering hole 🙂 Randy was always the straw in the drink and our GSD Christmas parties won’t be the same. All the best to Cheryl and family.

    • CHERYL TRAYER on March 24, 2021 at 10:52 am

      Greg – Thank you for words – how true! Loved the “straw in the drink”! Cheryl

  2. Linda Knoblauch (Dunn) on March 12, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Randy was my high school sweetheart and I never forgot him. We talked throughout the years and it was always great because he never changed. He was always Kind and respectful to all. Im so blessed I got to know him in my life and to always consider him a true friend. God bless Cheryl and all his family. Love you forever Randy.

    • Ernest Mohr on March 21, 2021 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Linda, he will be missed. Still can’t believe he is gone. Since our dad died in 1987, Randy as been us girls ROCK. I know he is in a better place, and can visit with dad and mom now. Thanks for your wonderful comment.

  3. Michelle Salzman on March 8, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    What a prince of a man- I feel honored to have had him in my life-he is very much missed
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate this sad journey

    • CHERYL TRAYER on March 24, 2021 at 10:54 am

      You were ALWAYS one of Randy’s favorites! Thank you for your message! Cheryl

  4. Susan Ziegler Morgenstern on March 8, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    my deepest sympathy to Randy’s family, Cheryl and all the children. and to my dear friend and his sister, Leeanna. We went to school together at TCHS and I will always have fond and fun memories to carry in my heart. i know Randy must be dancing with Jesus now!

    • Leanna Mohr on March 10, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much, so good to hear from you. Those were the days back at Dear TCHS.

  5. Christopher Slimm on March 7, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I joined Payless in 79’ – I heard about this “kid” in 84’ – I met Randy in 87’ – I (we) (me and Jude)
    Meet Randy and Cherly in 91’. It was a pleasure knowing and sharing our best and worst times together as simple people. Men never really say things that they should – when they should.
    In the words of someone more gifted then I – “All things must pass”
    Chris & family

  6. Edgar and Rosetta Deines on March 7, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all family in the loss of Randy, our Godson. Jana and Rosetta met him at Big Creek Golf Course last summer and he was just having fun golfing with Smitty. He will be missed. We have sent a memorial to Habitat ForHumanity.

  7. Steve Tow on March 6, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    I will miss my life long friend, but I will always have the memories of our growing up together in WaKeeney. Condolences to Cheryl and his family.

  8. Linda Morgan on March 6, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this time and always

  9. Bryan Sambo on March 6, 2021 at 10:50 am

    I had the privilege of working for Randy at Payless Cashways. Not only was he a great boss, he became a great friend and that continued to his passing. I am grateful I got to visit him and Cheryl in December. You will be missed, Randy. All my best to Cheryl.

  10. Gene Buchholz on March 6, 2021 at 9:52 am

    I’ll always have great memories of Randy. We had a lot of fun in HS.
    My condolences to his family
    RIP old friend

  11. Chris Drews on March 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Oh, Cheryl, I had no idea. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy Randy left. Many prayers for you to sense God’s gracious care for you during this time.

  12. Paul Cowan (PC) on March 4, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    God doesn’t make better people than Randy. He was one of our special friends ….the ones that even though you live a lifetime you only accumulate a handful of. He made my life better, funnier and certainly more enjoyable. I will miss him dearly but this is life and I know he’s in a better place. I have to say after knowing Randy for more than 20 years I cannot think of a negative memory of him. Maybe that is why this hurts so much. I miss you buddy. Love you Cheryl ….stay close to all of us. Paul

  13. Roger R Rand on March 4, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    I met Randy in 1978 while I was in Kansas City preparing for the opening of store #55. I tipped many a beer with Randy in those early days at Payless. Randy always had the best stories & the most energy in the room. He will be missed by hundreds of people from his many years at Payless. I consider myself fortunate for having know and celebrated with him in the past. God received a good man.

  14. Chris Goodwin on March 4, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Loved (and still love) this man! I only knew Randy for the last 10 years, but he had a dramatic affect on me. Randy mad my basement beautiful! And, he talked me through the process and presented incredible ideas along the way. He became like a relative to me and I have enjoyed keeping in touch with him over the years. Such a genuine man who lived other people. I hope to smoke a cigar and drink some bourbon with him in heaven some day!

  15. Sharon Lacy on March 4, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    My condolences to the family. Randy was one of a kind and I will miss my friend.

  16. Laura Baack on March 2, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Tom and I send our sympathy to the family. Tom worked with Randy at Payless. We were good friends with Randy and Debbie. Our daughter, April, was born shortly after Cole. We pray for comfort and peace for Cheryl and the rest of the family.

    Tom and Laura Baack

  17. Loretta Tow on March 2, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Randy’s life is a great story; his family and ours were often close, especially in Randy’s early life–high school years. He will be remembered along with his mom and dad.

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