It was December of 1946. Randall and Agnes Black were headed to Baker, Oregon, for Randall to run errands and for Agnes to see the doctor. On the way home Randall asked her what the doctor had said, and she responded with, “I’m pregnant!” He drove the car through the bar pit! Mind you, they were in their 40’s and both had grown children with children. On August 17, 1947, little Randy Dean Black was born in Baker, Oregon.
He had an idyllic childhood roaming the hills and valleys, riding horses, and making mischief in Thief Valley, Oregon. Randy graduated from North Powder High School in 1965. Randy first went to Oregon State University and then Eastern Oregon State College before joining the Marine Corp. and deploying to Vietnam for his service and was honorably discharged in August of 1969. He went to the University of Idaho and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science in May 1972.
When the kids were young, they enjoyed many horse pack trips into the high lakes, or Snake River. Those were such great memories! Randy was even a 4-H horse leader when his kids were young.
Randy enjoyed working in that field until his retirement. For many years, he would often go for drives, checking out the farm fields.
Randy was married to Connie Jean Provost in May of 1969. They had three children: Jodi Lynn Black-Snook, Brent Dean Black (m.Tami), and Erika Danell (Black) Patton (m.Damion). Connie and Randy later parted ways.
Lo and behold, he came to a family gathering with Leonie Schallig on his arm. She brought Charity Kates (m. Marv), April Hughes (m. Jack), Chris Smith (m.Paula), and Ben Smith (m.Brandee) to join the family too.
Randy is survived by his sister, Jewell Lavelle (Black) Gates, grandkids Sidney Jean Snook, Jerrod Bradley Snook, Cameron Haley Snook, Tarren Dean Black, Dalaney Sage Black, Degan Wesley Patton, Ethan Dean Patton, Chase Rhinehart, Camri Rhinehart, Carson Rhinehart and numerous nieces and nephews. He loved them all.
Randy was proceeded in death by both of his parents, Randall Clifford and Edna “Agnes” (Beach) Nichols Black and his siblings, Stanton LeRoy Black, Edith Alice Nichols, Robert “Bob” Coleman Nichols, Stanley “Nick” LeRoy Nichols, Flores Agnes (Nichols) Kelly and Mary Lee (Nichols) Aldrich.
He never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting with everyone, playing cards, reading. His favorite card playing buddies were the YMCA ladies and Steve Combes at his home.
We appreciate all the folks who helped him, especially Dr. Matt Stroemel, Dr. Holly Isenhower and Walla Walla Community Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton Freewater, OR 97862.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society, VFW as well as your local Hospice will be greatly appreciated.
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