Bob White, 81, of Whitewater, passed away on Thursday, August 25, at Reid Hospital.
Robert L. White was born in Richmond June 2, 1930 to Everett J. and Pearl H. Knoll White. As a boy, he danced and played drums in Jack’s Xylophone Band. He also played in the Ray Emperial Band on Saturdays. Bob gave up a music scholarship to college to take over his dad’s farm. He was a 1948 graduate of Whitewater High School and married the former Edna O. Doston on July 3, 1949. Their union spanned 57 years and was blessed with 3 daughters and 2 sons, which they raised together on their dairy farm near Whitewater.
Bob was a lifelong farmer and resident of the Whitewater community. He climbed aboard a Whitewater High School bus in 1952 to begin 56 years of service to what would become the Northeastern Wayne School Corp, spanning at least 3 generations delivering students to and from school and school activities including band, basketball and football. He also served 56½ years as the team scorekeeper at basketball games at home and on the road without missing a game. Bob was a big help to the band program when their annual musicals were presented.
Bob was always active in the community and school. He served on the advisory board during the building of Northeastern High School and had served on the Franklin Township Advisory Board. He was an avid card player at the Richmond and Fountain City Senior Centers.
Bob enjoyed holding court daily at The Family Diner morning liar’s table and afternoon culture club and going to auctions. In 2007, he was the first recipient of the "ONE Great Community Salutes" award from the Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.
Bob was a devoted husband who for years spent his days and nights caring for Edna during her long illness, enabling her to live at home until her death on March 9, 2007.
Bob will be missed by his daughters, Connie Jones and her husband, Lee, of Fort Myers, Florida; Cathy Showalter and her husband, David, of Fountain City; sons, Robert J. White and his wife, Janet, of Fountain City and Ron L. White and his wife, Rachael, of Greenville, Ohio; his sister, Betty Thomas, of Bethel; 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Christine White Townsend, on February 5, 2007; and 2 grandchildren.
Pastor David Anderson will conduct a funeral ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29 at the Fountain City Wesleyan Church, 5600 US 27 North, Richmond. Entombment will follow in Earlham Memorial Mausoleum.
Family & friends may gather for visitation from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, August 28 in the Northeastern High School Gymnasium, 7295 US 27 North.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Northeastern Dollars For Scholars, 7295 US 27 North, Fountain City, In 47341, for the endowment of a scholarship in Bob’s memory.