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Lt Col Dick White

July 13, 1951September 9, 2021
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Lt Col Dick White, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), 70, passed away on September 9, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was born on July 13, 1951 in Fort Smith, AR to Raymond and Mary White. He graduated from Southside High School in 1969, followed by the University of Arkansas in 1973 with his BS in Accounting. Dick joined the United States Marine Corps in June of 1973 and was commissioned as an officer that same year. Following his commissioning, he earned his wings as a fighter pilot which became his full-time career taking him around the world numerous times. His last assignment was as the Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squad 311, which was the first jet squadron to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. On January 17th, 1991 he led his squadron as the first Marines to fly an AV8B Harrier aircraft into combat. He was a fixture on CNN and for other news sources during the war and was notorious for his hilarious and wholly inappropriate comments. His squadron received the Marine Attack Squadron of the Year Award for 1992 by the Marine Corps Aviation Association. He retired from the Marines in 1993, with his last duty station being Yuma, AZ. Following retirement from the military, he along with his family returned to his beloved Arkansas. For the next 22 years, Dick served as a Captain who flew internationally for Federal Express, where he continued his passion for flying and to see more of the world. Dick retired as a pilot in July of 2016 and spent his retirement taking care of the farm he had built and adored.

Dick married the love of his life, Billie (Susie) Robertson in December 1973, where she became his support system accompanying Dick all over the US, from one base to another. They have two children, Sarah Krauft (Jon) and Michael White (Leslie), and five grandchildren, Jackson, Blake, Ellie, Hudson and William. Dick and Susie loved to travel together and often visited dear friends they consider family from the many years in the Marines. Susie was Dad’s rock, always by his side and he adored her.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mary White, as well as his brother Jack. He is survived by his wife Susie, daughter Sarah, and son Michael, and their families, and his sisters Jeanie Counts and Phyllis Wells, brother Harlan, and their families.

Dick was a strong-willed man and not one to let things get him down. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 20 years ago and was told he had possibly 5 years to live. He defied that sentence and continued to work hard and enjoy life despite being in almost constant pain. It was never a surprise to hear about him falling off a ladder while fixing a roof, or having an ugly run in with his chainsaw, you literally could not keep him down. He continued to feed the cows, fix the fences, brush hog the fields and tend to his garden. Dick was a lesson in quiet strength. He could stop you in your tracks with a look from his eyes, and he could have you belly laughing with his humor. He loved Elvis, he loved books, he loved flying, he loved fishing, and he loved hunting. But, above all he loved his family.

Dick was a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Smith. He loved the Lord and we know he is with Jesus, that his body is healed and he is at peace. Hopefully they listen to Elvis and Roy Orbison in Heaven.

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    Sunday, September 12, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 13, 2021

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Marc Niebergall

September 20, 2021

Tricia and I were shocked to learn of the passing of Dick. 70 is way too soon to leave this life. He will be missed by all who knew him

We were stationed together at Training Squadron Six in Milton, FL back in 1976-79. I remember flying a training hop with him to Little Rock, where, coincidentally, the Razorbacks were playing a football game at War Memorial Stadium. How convenient.

Dick was a top shelf individual, and one whom I am honored to have called a friend. While we were aquainted for a short 2 1/2 years, he left a lifetime impression on both Tricia and me.

Our deepest sympathy go out to his wonderful wife, Susie, and their children as well as the extended family.

With deepest sympathy,
CDR and Mrs. Marc Niebergall, USN Ret Res

Alan Smith

September 13, 2021

Dick and I were roommates in college at UA. He was fearless and a perfect Marine. He did things many of us only dream about. He was a wonderful father. And we’ll never forget his sense of humor - he loved people.

Rick Fivekiller

September 13, 2021

Dick and I went to High School together and were good friends. He was such a nice person and wonderful friend. The world needs more people like Dick White. My sincere condolences to the family.

Monte & Debbie Wood

September 13, 2021

Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Virginia Krauft

September 12, 2021

I knew Dick only as the loving father that he was; and wonderful partner in marriage to his beautiful wife Susie. He loved nature and gardening and I will forever remember his generosity in sharing his yields with me over the years. He is and will be missed so much.
Peace be with you, Ginny Krauft

Clint & Kerra Thompson

September 12, 2021

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during your time of loss. I enjoyed hearing all the funny stories Clint would tell about Dick or even the ones Michael would tell. I only met him a few times but he was such a kind man and so very welcoming to his home. Just know he is safe and no longer in any more pain all in the lord's arms and will forever be with you all, watching over you.
"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday"

lanny johnson

September 12, 2021

A great loss he was my friend a classmate

Gordon Reynolds

September 12, 2021

Dick was a very good man and will be missed by all. Our deepest condolences to all. God has another angel

Skip & Pat Wells

September 12, 2021

We are so saddened by Dick's passing and want you to know how much we enjoyed knowing and being with him even for such a short time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs from Iowa 💔❤️Skip and Pat

Ryan Maner

September 11, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I am praying for you during this trying time. I remember Dick as funny and always very welcoming to me when I would come over to visit Michael. I never left an encounter with him where I wasn’t laughing at something he said about us kids.
Sincerely,
Ryan Maner

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