Funeral services for Mr. Robert White, 83, of Peterson, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Rev. William Schreiber and Rev. Bob Brown will officiate the service.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the family will greet friends from 5:30-8:30 p. . at the Warner Funeral Home of Peterson. A Catholic Rosary will take place at 5 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home in Peterson. Military services will be conducted by American Legion Dean-Underwood Post 10 of Peterson following the graveside services.
Mr. White passed away Friday, July 1, 2011, at his residence near Peterson.
Robert Wilson White, the son of Louis A. and Ruth (Wilson) White, was born Aug. 26, 1927, near Rolfe, Ia. and resided in Clay County since he was about seven years old. Bob attended Clay County schools and Spencer High School, where he graduated in 1945. He then attended South Dakota State University at Brookings for two years prior to going into the Army in 1951. He served with the 2nd Division in Korea for ten months of front line duty, reaching the rank of sergeant. Bob was discharge on Oct. 9, 1952, and returned home to farm with his father near Dickens.
On Sept. 3, 1955, he married Marilyn Eddy at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer, Ia. Following their marriage, they continued farming with his father, until moving to their home farm four miles north of Peterson on March 1, 1958, where he farmed for the rest of his life. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Royal. He was also a past commander of the American Legion Post in Peterson, served as organization representative from the Legion for the Boy Scout committee, was a member of the ASCS committee, served on the American Red Cross Board, was a Lion's Club member and was a Clay County Pork Producer. Bob also served as Democratic Township Committeeman for 14 years. He served on the Clay County Fair Board for 21 years as well as serving on the Peterson Coop Elevator Board. In recent years he has been a member of the Clay County Zoning Board and presently also a Peterson Township Trustee. Bob enjoyed reading, fishing, and driving his new pickup. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Shawn; a brother, L.A. White Jr.; and a sister, Muriel Schoelerman.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marilyn of rural Peterson; his children: Chuck White of Spencer, Kevin (Diane) White of Peterson, Kathleen (Bruce) Baumgarn of Madrid, Ia. and Kara (Steve) Drew of Egan, S.D.; grandchildren: Robert, Sarah and Andrew White, Annette and Patrick White, Brandon and Rebecca White, Elizabeth and Nicholas Baumgarn and Kaitlyn and Kendra Drew; two sisters: Patricia Hossack of Spencer and Martha Lou (Herb) Hoover of Marion, Ia.; other relatives and many friends.
Memorials may be given to the American Legion Post No. 10, Peterson, or Prairie Heritage Center, Peterson, Ia.
Warner Funeral Home of Peterson is in charge of arrangements.