October 25, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 43

Randolph Thomas Williams, 71

Randolph Thomas Williams of the Shangukweidi Clan died on October 2, 2012 in Juneau, after a long illness.  His Tlingit name Skeik (Leader of all Leaders), was given to him by John George (wife Mary George). 

Randolph Thomas Williams

He was born in Petersburg on November 12, 1940 to Eliza and Homer Williams a Sukteeneidi of Kake.  He grew up in Petersburg and then moved to Juneau where he graduated from Juneau Douglas High School.  He was a fisherman on the F/V Alert and a baker at many restaurants in Juneau including Purity Bakery (1969), Fiddle Head, Prospector, Fred Meyers, Super Bear, Foodland. He also worked on the making of the Alyeska Pipeline in which he ran his own crew. 

He was active in the Church of God, and the Juneau Prayer Group. He was known for cooking for ANB functions, funerals and memorials.

He was preceded in death by his parents Homer Williams (of Kake) and Eliza Jackson and sister, Randi Williams.

He is survived by his children who are L’uknax.a’di; Rhonda Jean Degtoff and her children Adam Williams who lives in Yakutat and Nicholas Degtoff who lives in Haines along with Rhonda’s husband Nick Degtoff; Mary Uyanik and her children Meganne Clarke, Ashley Williams, Semih Uyanik, who lives in Juneau; son Randy Williams Jr. and his daughter Andrea Williams; (adopted daughter), Manette Hogue.

A service was held October 11 at the Glacier Valley Church of God. 

Rhonda Degtoff, his oldest daughter will be coming down to Petersburg to spread his ashes on November 10. Those interested in participating call 907-303-3145.

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