John Edler White
CROSS PLAINS – John Elder White, age 84, entered Eternal Life on Friday, October 24, 2014, after a short illness.
The son of Laura and Howard White of St. Louis, Missouri, he graduated from St. Louis Cathedral grade school and Christian Brothers’ College Military High School in St. Louis. He then attended St. Louis and Washington Universities in St. Louis. John was proud to have served Mass for Archbishop of St. Louis, John Joseph Glennon, at his private residence for many years.
He married Barbara Ann Meyer of Sheboygan on October 28, 1972 in their partially built home in the hills of Cross Plains Township – their “Hearts’ Home” (Herzen Heim) where they lived for 42 happy years.
John was employed in wholesale shoe sales for International Shoe Company of St.Louis; he traveled Wisconsin, Michigan and other areas for 24 years. He then pursued a 30 year career in residential real estate sales, primarily for the Stark Company and Restaino-Bunbury.
John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; he was a member of the American Legion Post #245 of Cross Plains, the Knights of Columbus where he was active in their clown unit, St. Mary’s Church of Pine Bluff (lector and Eucharistic minister) and St. Maria Goretti Church.
He was an active member of the National Exchange Club for 30 years, served as District President of the Wisconsin/ Upper Michigan Peninsula District; he helped establish the Dane County Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and six new Exchange Clubs.
John served on the board of the Parental Stress Center (now Canopy) for 20 years as board President for his last five years. He was a faithful volunteer to the Apostolate to the Handicapped for 40 years and was proud to have been one of Father Campion’s drivers at the first Mass and dinner for the program in 1964.
John was a loyal and caring friend who delighted in sending special occasion greetings to relatives and friends. He loved the U.S.A., would salute the flag as his car passed, was an avid historian, and knew all U.S. Presidents in order. He and Barbara loved to travel; they visited many state and national historical sites, presidential libraries, and national parks. They enjoyed entertaining as well as dining and dancing at the New Glarus Hotel and visiting area supper clubs – seldom missing a Friday night fish fry.
John is survived by his beloved wife Barbara; four children: Steven Edler White (Rebecca) of Madison, Barbara Allen and Julie Ann White, both of Santa Monica, CA, Paul Francis White of Fitchburg; six grandchildren: Ryan Malanaphy, Jennifer White, Sara (Matthew) McCann, Zachary White, and Lukas and Anna White; a great-grandson, Marcus McCann; and a sister, Sally White Behan. He is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Mary Pamela White, and his former wife, Jacqueline Horn White.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST MARIA GORETTI, 5313 Flad Ave, Madison, at 11:00AM on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. A visitation will be held at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, Madison, from 5:00PM until 8:00PM on Monday, October 27, 2014 and again at the church from 10:00AM until time of Mass on Tuesday. Internment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sheboygan WI.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Apostolate to the Handicapped, Canopy Center, The Center for Families, Agrace Hospice Care, or the charity of your choice.
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