Rodney White
1952 - 2021
BORN
1952
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc
3767 W Liberty Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
White, Rodney 1/31/1952 - 7/19/2021 Saline, Michigan Rodney Howard "Guppy" White of Saline, Michigan passed away Monday, July 19 after what he would classify as a bonafide 69 year run. Rodney was born in Ann Arbor on January 31, 1952 as the only child to Ruth Esther Olsterholt and Harold Howard "Boney" White. He graduated a Saline Hornet in 1970 with the school high jump record and spent his life in the Ann Arbor -Saline area. Guppy played many years and drank many beers in fast pitch softball league under the lights of Vet's park and beyond. He brought the party and the strikes to Colonial Lanes on Wednesday nights in colder months and on summer Wednesdays he could be found somewhere on the sandy (trap) beaches of Brookside Golf Course. He was a loyal member of the Ann Arbor Moose Lodge 1253 and a proud member of the Sons of the American Legion. Rodney drove for Gallup Silkworth Oil for more than a decade. He then went into automotive sales for over twenty years at Frank Grohs // Dexter Chevrolet // Grasslake Chevrolet // LaFontaine Chevrolet where he treated customers and coworkers like family. Rodney was a crazy and special person whose wit was unmatched. Asked how he was and the answer was typically "finer than frog's hair". Guppy was funny, scrappy, stubborn, and tender hearted. Guppy was well loved and spoiled rotten by his wife of 40 years Joanne Dupuis White of Dexter ((yes his kids wrote this but we are pretty sure that's what he would say)). The two of them were often spotted cruising roads with the Motown turned up and the top dropped down in the "big blue car" - a 1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale convertible. He is celebrated in legacy and personality by his son Anthony F.H. White ((wife Ashley White, son Winston R.A. White)) and daughter Kristen Nicole Brust (White) ((husband Preston Brust, daughter Love Lily Brust, son Legend Wilde Brust)). It was obvious he loved and was so proud his wife, children, and grand-babies by the way he carried paper pictures of his people with him at all times. The party in Heaven gained massive momentum Monday morning when Rodney met his parents and the rest of the rowdy White family that proceeded him in death. Celebration of a full and well lived life will be held this Saturday, July 24 from 1-3pm at Nie Funeral Home on Liberty

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Published by Ann Arbor News from Jul. 21 to Jul. 22, 2021.
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16 Entries
So sorry for your loss. Joanne miss your smiling face at Colonial. Love to all
Connie Majeske
Other
August 2, 2021
I was shocked to run across Guppy´s obituary!!! My condolences to you and your kids. Russ and I share so many good memories. What a guy, huh? With love, Laurie
Laurie Eberts-Carson
Friend
July 26, 2021
So many memories of Guppy from the softball field, Stadium Tavern, and Colonial Lanes. So sorry for your loss Joanne and children.
Pam Briegel
July 24, 2021
Sending prayers Joanne that your memories will see you through this difficult time. Love and Peace to you and your family.
Cindy Swope
July 23, 2021
Joanne, Kristen, Tony, I'm sending kisses and hugs from Missouri. And asking God to give you all strength to heal your hearts. Its really hard losing a lived one. My mom feels your pain Joanne. Kristen and Tony I know your pain. I miss my dad a lot. I know without a doubt that my dad, Uncle Boney, and Rodney and the rest of the family are having a great time and watching over all of us. Love Denise
Denis
Family
July 23, 2021
I will truly miss seeing the convertible cruising Saline and yelling HEY COUSIN. My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.
Doug Crosbie
Family
July 23, 2021
Our Deepest Sympathy to the White family.
Robin and Mike Fullerton
Friend
July 22, 2021
That is the most perfect picture of Guppy's life (both the picture and the obituary). He was larger than life and so full of fun. I am relieved he is out of pain but so sad at the emptiness he left in my heart. Love you Jo and I am here anytime for you.
Carla Curtiss
Friend
July 22, 2021
Dear JoAnn, I am so sorry for you and your families loss. I'm sure there is a party going on in Heaven with my dad and Uncle Carl and his mom and dad. Deepest sympathy to all.
Deborah K Moore
Friend
July 22, 2021
My friend I never forget you.
Rachel Miller Burkhardt
Friend
July 22, 2021
we have many memories of Rod,from when he was a teenager til now. I always enjoyed hearingabout the family,especially when he was in my barber shop. RIP our dear friend
jim and judy mullin
Friend
July 22, 2021
Joanne and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all.
Ricki Jo McQuarrie
July 22, 2021
My heart is broken Joanne I am so sorry to hear this He was special Our love thoughts and prayers are with you
Jeff and Margo
Friend
July 21, 2021
Joanne and entire family and friends so very sorry to hear of Guppy´s passing, thankful to have met and known him. Love and prayers to you all
Kathy Morrison
Friend
July 21, 2021
I´m so sorry Joanne I´m so sorry for your loss
Margo and Jeff
Friend
July 21, 2021
Joanne, Tony and Kristen: I´m so sorry to hear of the passing of Gup. He was a wonderful person and the obit describes him perfectly. Many hugs and prayers for you that God holds all of you tightly in His loving arms and gives you peace. My condolences to all of you.
Tamara Christie
Friend
July 21, 2021
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