Al LeDoux 1947-2020
Alan “Al” L. LeDoux, age 72, Holton, died suddenly on his farm doing what he loved, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.
He was born Aug. 20, 1947, in San Diego, Calif., son of Ella (Piercy) and Clifford LeDoux. Al grew up in Topeka and was a graduate of Washburn Rural High School. He graduated from Baker University, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the varsity football team.
He married Sarah Brockelman on Dec. 26, 1971 in Holton. They shared more than 48 years of marriage.
Al was proud to be a farmer and rancher. He was a Gelbvieh breeder since the early 1980s. Al was also a 4-H beef superintendent and Pleasant Valley Rustlers beef leader. He was a teacher and coach in several Kansas communities, including Baldwin, Galena, Washburn Rural and Denison. He also was an admissions counselor for Baker University.
He was proud to have served in the administrations of such honorable Kansans as Gov. Mike Hayden, Sen. Sheila Frahm and Gov. Bill Graves, culminating with serving as Director of the Kansas Water Office.
Al was a member of Evangel United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Seekers Sunday school class, the choir and active in the Nueva Vida Ministry. Al was a Sunday School teacher for more than 30 years. He volunteered for Thrive and was also a charter member of the Holton Optimist Club, a member of Banner Grange and Kansas Gelbvieh Association. Most of all, Al enjoyed being home on the farm, enjoying his family, especially watching his children and grandchildren’s school activities.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah; daughter Jess Baack (Eric), Staplehurst, Neb.; two sons, Trent LeDoux, Holton, and Andy LeDoux (Danielle), Ree Heights, S.D.; grandchildren, JW and Jady LeDoux and Ella and Piper Baack; and a nephew, John LeDoux, in Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dale.
A Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. Private burial will be held in the Holton Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nueva Vida Ministry, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com