Randolph Joseph “Betung” White, Sr., age 92 of Onigum, Minnesota began his journey home on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from his home. Randy was the oldest child of Joe White and Jennie (Ryan) Smith on December 11, 1926 in Onigum, MN.
Randy was born and raised in Onigum all of his life. In 1948, he enlisted in the United States Army. He spent all four years of his enlistment in Germany, achieving Corporal status. He became interested in boxing while in the Army; an interest that carried on throughout his life. Shortly after being honorably discharged from the Army, he met Virginia Martin and they were married on June 1st, 1958. He and Virginia lived in Minneapolis while he worked for Univac (later Unisys) as an electronics technician and quality control. Some of the circuit boards that Randy worked on at Univac were sent to the moon, something that he was always very proud of. After 25 years with Univac, he and Virginia moved home to Onigum.
Some of Randy’s favorite things were big band music, deer hunting, eating smoked fish, working on cars and playing at the casino. He was the biggest Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan, not ever missing a game. Randy had the greatest sense of humor and loved making people laugh.
Randy Sr. was a great dad who never picked sides and was always there for his kids. At his time of passing, Randy was the oldest elder in the Onigum Community. He had a good long life and passed as a free man who loved his Lord and Savior.
Family that Randy is reunited with are his parents; Joe White and Jennie Smith, infant daughter; Baby Girl White, daughter; Suzette Q White, stepson; Vincent Keith White, siblings; Lyman Sr., Marvin, John George, Cubbie, Kenny, Harry, Roger, Leota and Delores, sister-in-laws; Alvina Smith, Marcie Klevegard and Donna Mae Bruce, nephew; Patrick Smith and more relatives.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his children; Randolph (Dorothea) White, Jr. of Onigum, Diane (Jay) Wysoski of Onigum and Theodore (Ruth Connor) White, Sr. of Deer River, brothers; Wilford “Chibeeb” Smith and Joe White, grandchildren; T.J., Vincent, Randy III, Nicole, Summer, Maria, Rachel, Brad, Elias and Billy, great grandchildren; D’Marko, Kellea, Karysa, Arian, Ka’Aliyah, Damon, Jaylon, Dylan, Gavin, William and Lilliona, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A wake for Randy will begin at 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 4th and continue until his 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, March 6th all being held at the Onigum Community Center in Onigum, MN. Deacon William Butcher and Reverend Matthew Cobb will officiate. Pallbearers for Randy will be Theodore J. White, Sr., Bradley Day, Randolph White III, Michael White, Larry Johnson, Jr. and Kevin Anoka. The alternate pallbearers are Bradley White and Gary White. His honorary pallbearers are Randolph White, Jr., Nicole White, Ashley Harrison, Lyman White, Jr., Vincent White, Elias White, William Big Bear, Jr., Maria Connor, Rachel Day, Theodore White, Jr., Summer Lee Morrison, and Johnny Peters. Interment will be in St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery, next to the love of his life, Virginia, at Old Agency, MN. The family would like to say a special thank you to the Leech Lake Veteran Services, Faith in Action and St. Joseph’s Hospice Services.
Randy’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com