Rick Lee White
February 26, 1954 – July 1, 2019
Rick Lee White, age 65 of Grand Blanc, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019. He was born February 26, 1954 in Flint to parents Robert and Phyllis (Greenman) White. Rick worked as a Crane Operator at R.L. White Steel Erectors for several years and was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 324. He was a dedicated worker who enjoyed a sense of balance and being able to enjoy the final product and finishing touches of his work. His dad told everyone that Rick could “make a crane hum!” and that he was the best crane operator he’d ever seen. After his years at R.L. White Steel Erectors he owned a Radio Shack in Tecumseh, Ohio. Rick was “techy” and loved tinkering around with technology so much that he’d drive an hour and a half each way to work at his Radio Shack every day. After a few years there, he went back and became a Project Manager at R.L. White Development and Construction. He was good at managing and had a distinct talent for being able to come up with quick solutions, troubleshoot, and execute his plan. Rick obtained his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying Cessna planes, saying that there was nothing more peaceful than flying a plane at dusk. He loved music and was a self-taught guitar player – most recently being a volunteer musician at Holy Family Catholic Church. Though he enjoyed all of these things, Rick’s main passion was cars. He was an avid car enthusiast, especially Corvette’s, and he even started a Corvette club with a friend. He was a man of faith and integrity, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. More than anything, Rick was loving and generous and he adored his family. Rick is survived by his wife of 20 years, Madeline White; children: Bob (Melanie) White, Richard (Renee) White, and Jolee Kay White; grandchildren: Maia, Joy, Melea, Miles, Toby, Connor, Kara, and Raegan; mother, Phyllis White; many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert White, and brother, Craig White. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:30am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 11804 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc. Father Phil Schmitter celebrating. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc. The family will receive visitors again on Saturday, one half hour prior to mass, beginning at 11am. Interment at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Christ the King Catholic Church in Flint or St. Francis Prayer Center in Flint in honor of Rick.
- Christ the King Catholic Church or St. Francis Prayer Center
- Visitation Friday, July 5, 2019
- Visitation Before Mass Saturday, July 6, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, July 6, 2019
Rick Lee White
July 9, 2019
Maddie - It's July 9th and I just read an email telling of the death of your beloved husband, Rick. You and the family are in my prayers.
- Connie McClanahan
July 4, 2019
I will never forget all the fun we had with Rick and Maddy. The banter back and forth over the two way radios in the corvette caravans. The big white Team Corvette truck he would roll his corvettes out of. He and Tom created Team Corvette and touched so many lives. We had the best time talking cars and music. If I had a question or needed help I could always just text him and he would be there. He was a good man never heard him say a bad word about anyone. The best memories; summer BBQ at our house with the fireworks and Macinaw trips. We will miss him, Rest now until we are altogether again. If there are Corvettes in Heaven and I believe God loves Corvettes, Rick will be there organizing a car show along with a club and I will join when it when it's my time. Until then Rick thanks for the miles of smiles.
July 3, 2019
I met Rick a few times and he made his wife, my cousin, very happy. He seemed devoted to his family and friends and there can be no greater compliment than that. He will always live on in your memories of him and for that, remember the good times; those are the moments that are eternal....
July 3, 2019
I have never met a finer man or friend than Rick. Very private except for the love of his wife and family. Had a blast playing guitar with him even if my hands didn't work so well. Rick, play that Fender Strat in heaven even if God is not a big Beach Boys fan. Rock on my friend. 🎻
July 3, 2019
I am truly shocked and very sorry for such great loss. Rick was a fun friend in high school. I remember his interest in guitar and the band Chicago back in the 70s. A gentleman and nice guy. I’m praying for his family. Judy Spaulding,NY