Aldridge, Randolph C., passed away on February 21, 2014 at the age of 69. He was born in Denison, Texas and attended Texas A&M University receiving a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering class of 1966. He served with the US Navy in Vietnam during the war as a carrier based pilot, completing cruises on the USS Oriskany and the USS Constellation. He received numerous awards and commendations, including four individual air medals and the Navy Commendation Award with combat V. After Vietnam, he returned to civilian life but continued flying in the Navy Reserves, achieving the rank of Lt. Commander. He attended the University of Texas at Dallas and received a Master's degree in International Management Science. His business career with Koch Industries included various project management, marketing, and management positions. He served as President of Koch Canada and Chairman of Koch Pipelines Canada, living and working in Calgary, Alberta Canada for over ten years. Retiring from Koch in 2001, he and his family moved to San Antonio where he continued to be involved in the oil and gas business, consulting and serving on various boards. Randy participated in a number of civic, community and other volunteer organizations including the Rotary Club, the Free Trade Alliance, the Salvation Army and Texas A&M's Chemical Engineering Advisory board. God blessed Randy with many gifts including a humble spirit, a witty sense of humor, high moral character and wisdom in the business world. Randy loved The Lord, Jesus Christ, his wife and family, the USA, the Aggies, the outdoors, a business challenge, a competitive round of golf and the 19th hole. He was predeceased by his father, Pat Aldridge. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Carol; children, Allison and Lauren; and his stepson, Grant Kirchhoff, his wife, Amy, and his children, Presley and Addie; his mother, Rebecca Aldridge; and his brother, Ed Aldridge both of Houston. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio; graveside service with military honors 10:45 a.m. Monday, Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery; celebration of life tribute will follow at 12:30 p.m., at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, 825 E. Basse Rd., San Antonio. with reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Randy's name to Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995 or the Salvation Army, 521 W. Elmira, San Antonio, TX 78212. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com
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Published in The Wichita Eagle on Feb. 28, 2014