Jerry L. White

June 4, 1944February 17, 2019

Jerry L. White, 74, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Ankeny Funeral Home with a visitation starting at 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Jerry was born in Altoona to James and Evelyn (Hudson) White on June 4, 1944. He graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1963 and then joined the Air Force that next year. Jerry met the love of his life, Patricia, and they were united in marriage in 1975 and together raised their family. He loved the outdoors, being on the farm, hunting and fishing, and gardening.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Pat of Altoona; sons, Steve and Linda Cummings of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris and Brandy Cummings of Des Moines; daughter, Kim and Rick Johnson of Des Moines; grandchildren, Aaron, Colby, Sarah Jonathan, Jason, Harley, Patience, Taylor and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Owen, Carter, and Daniel; brother, Jack Dunahoo; and sister, Sharon and Ray Garneau.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the White family.


20 April

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Ankeny Funeral Home

1510 West First Street
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

Visitation with the family will start at 1 pm until the time of the service.

Jerry L. White

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Lindsey Poutre (Scharmota)

February 20, 2019

I don’t even know where to begin....there are so many great memories I have of Jerry! First and foremost, I will always remember him as Abe Lincoln next door. He always had a friendly “hello neighbor” and a wave when we pulled in the driveway next door. I remember the giant snow creations he would make in grandma and grandpas front yard while they were gone snow birding. He was ALWAYS willing to lend a hand and help out anyone who needed it. Oh and there was that one time he tricked me while I had a couch stored in the garage and he made me thinking someone had been crashing on my couch in the middle of winter! Gosh Jerry, you will be so missed. I hope you and grandma are sitting up there together having happy hour and snacks...give her a squeeze for me. Sending all my love and support to Pat and the entire family ❤️

Matt DeGeest

February 20, 2019

I grew up a few houses down from Jerry and Pat. I was good friends with their kids. Jerry was always a big part of our lives on 11th streeet SE. I always would go down and talk to him as he worked in the garage or his yard. We often set on the steps of Jeff and Jane Heberlain and listen to the men of the street tells story’s, drink beer, and cut up. As a kid these were great times. As an adult I would see Jerry and Pat at random times and always enjoyed catching up and telling old funny stories. I lived on 11th street my first 12 years of life and they were some of the most memorable years and Jerry was a huge part of that. It feels like a piece of my childhood is gone now and Pat my prayers are with you through this difficult time. I live in Texas now and I won’t get to see you off Jerry but until we meet again thanks for all the great mentoring and memories! Love ya buddy!! You will be missed!!