Troy Lee White


WETMORE, MI – Troy Lee White was born on January 19th 1986 to Randy and Jennifer White in Valparaiso, Indiana. The family moved to Powell Lake in Wetmore when he was 3 years old. Even though he was not born here, he considered himself to be a true Yooper.

When Troy was little, he would ask his mom to play his song, which was “Born to be Wild”, and he truly lived up to that song. He lived life to the fullest. Troy was very outgoing. He loved meeting new people and making new friends wherever he went. He was the life of the party, always the jokester who loved to make people smile.

Troy was an incredibly talented musician. He began teaching himself how to play bass when he was around 15. He loved playing gigs with his brother, and his favorite thing to do was to play with the Benson Brothers when they were in town. Three years ago he decided he wanted to learn to play the drums. He picked up a couple pieces from his friend Robin and started teaching himself how to play, using 5-gallon buckets for the pieces he did not have. He eventually put together a full drum set, which he said was “a little yooperish”. He could often be heard jamming up in the music room. He rarely let a day go by without practicing music.

Troy was a jack of all trades. He took apart and rebuilt his first snowmobile at the age of 10, and has been doing it ever since. He could always be found in the shop, fixing, fabricating or rebuilding something. He would say that he was the king of repurposing things. He could take almost anything old, and get it running and looking like new again, but with his own spin on it of course!

Troy met the love of his life, Sara, last year at the Grand Marais Music Festival when she let him help her put up her tent. They quickly became inseparable. Troy was the happiest he had ever been. He loved her children as if they were his own.

Troy is survived by his parents, Randy and Jennifer, his sister Raechel and brother Randy II, his nephew Brett, and a niece Lillianna Lynn Lee on the way, the Love of his life Sara and her children Russ and Elizabeth and his sidekick Rex, his grandpa Dan and Grandma Elaine.

He was preceded in death by his dear grandma Peggy, his grandpa and grandma White, and grandpa VanProyen.

A celebration of life will be held, starting during happy hour, on August 4th at 4 p.m. at the Barge Inn. Everyone who knew Troy is encouraged to join in telling stories and celebrating Troy’s life.

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