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John Joseph White LTC., Ret.

January 8, 1932March 16, 2019
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John J. White, loving husband, amazing father and our family's cornerstone for generations, passed peacefully from this life on the afternoon of March 16, 2019. He was born on January 8, 1932 to John Edward White and Dorothy (Champney) White of New Lisbon, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two siblings, Bob White and JoAnn Wright. He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Barbara Nelson and six children: John Michael, Mark Nelson, Teresa White Morton (Tim), Patrick Matthew (Rick), Christopher Luke, Mary White Yancey (John) as well as ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He earned five degrees starting with a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and ending with a Doctorate in Education from LSU. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Department for twenty four years including Medical Batallion commander in Korea and later retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. After his military career, John became staff development coordinator in the Texas State Hospital system. During his military and state government careers, Dr. White taught evening university level courses for several colleges and universities.

John’s passions since childhood included trout fishing, especially in Wisconsin streams and Fall duck and deer hunting. He loved cooking for his family and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He excelled at playing the trumpet during his youth.

A visitation will be held Sunday, March 31 from 5-8 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with a rosery at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held Monday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, New Braunfels, Texas. Graveside service will be held Tuesday April 2 at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wounded Warriors Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his parents and his two siblings, Bob White and JoAnn Wright. He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Barbara Nelson and six children: John Michael, Mark Nelson, Teresa White Morton (Tim), Patrick Matthew (Rick), Christopher Luke, Mary White Yancey (John) as well as ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Sunday, March 31, 2019

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, April 1, 2019

  • Interment

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Memories

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James Van Straten

July 3, 2019

Dear Barbara and family,
It is with a heavy heart that I share this message of condolence and memory. I first became aware of John's death just yesterday. A fellow soldier, who served with John in Korea, requested information about him. This caused me to go online to try and find a current address. It was then that I discovered the obituary for my treasured friend, LTC (R) John J. White. As Barbara well knows, John and I go way back to our undergraduate days at St. Norbert College, sixty-eight years ago. We became fast friends at that time and have remained so during our entire lives. As young Army officers, we lived just a couple of blocks apart near Fort Sam Houston. Our families bonded, we shared the same Christian faith, John and I hunted and fished together, and we enjoyed each other's company immensely. John was always an optimist and his optimism was infectious. I shall miss him greatly and I offer sincere and heartfelt condolences to Barbara and the entire White family over his irreplaceable loss. He lived a joyful life for which we should all be grateful. May he rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.

With profound sadness but also with great joy over the life that he lived,

Jim Van Straten

Cameron White

March 31, 2019

You will be missed dearly, you were one of the finest grandfathers a kid could've asked for. Your heroic military service and dedication to family will always be remembered.

Jeanette Hutschenreuter

March 26, 2019

While in my teens, I had the privilege of spending time with the White family during the summer months. I remember how fun it was when the family went out for some delicious Mexican food. I was always impressed with how cheerful Mr. White was, no matter where he was or what he was doing. He had a song in his heart, and he worked hard for his family.
It seems like only yesterday when he came up to Wisconsin for his father’s funeral. How fast a lifetime passes! Yet the good news is that one day we will all be together again, with no more goodbyes and no more tears.
I am reflecting now on the last time I saw Mr. and Mrs. White together. They came up to Wisconsin a few years ago to visit family. In their hotel room one night here in La Crosse, I remember them sitting down next to each other at the foot of the bed and sharing a kiss. It was one of those “I’m happy that I’m with you, and you still are my heart” kind of kisses. The kind that comes after a husband and wife have shared a lifetime together. It was tender and sweet, and I always will remember it.
Mr. White lived a very full life, that accomplished a great deal, and made this world a better place because he was here. You all must be so proud of your husband, dad, and grandpa. May you remember the fun, happy times together. That would be what he wants for those he obviously, dearly loved!
Thinking of you all with love,
Jeanette ( Hutschenreuter)

Edwin White

March 24, 2019

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Edwin White

March 22, 2019

When I was a kid I was always so excited to see Jack and Barb and our cousins from TEXAS!! I wished they would bring up a horned toad lizard. When you surprised us, coming to the family reunion at Mill Bluff in 2013, you absolutely made the day a treasure! Thank you for coming up and being near. My love to y'all always

Patricia White

March 21, 2019

My condolences to Barb and her family. My siblings and I were the younger cousins ,but same generation as Jack. I have a copy of the "home movies" of Uncle John and family, with aunts and uncles, before my time, at Christmas. What wonderful memories!! Thank you, Jack, for the memories.

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Biography

John Joseph White LTC., Ret.

John J. White, loving husband, amazing father and our family's cornerstone for generations, passed peacefully from this life on the afternoon of March 16, 2019. He was born on January 8, 1932 to John Edward White and Dorothy (Champney) White of New Lisbon, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two siblings, Bob White and JoAnn Wright. He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Barbara Nelson and six children: John Michael, Mark Nelson, Teresa White Morton (Tim), Patrick Matthew (Rick), Christopher Luke, Mary White Yancey (John) as well as ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He earned five degrees starting with a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and ending with a Doctorate in Education from LSU. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Department for twenty four years including Medical Batallion commander in Korea and later retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. After his military career, John became staff development coordinator in the Texas State Hospital system. During his military and state government careers, Dr. White taught evening university level courses for several colleges and universities.

John’s passions since childhood included trout fishing, especially in Wisconsin streams and Fall duck and deer hunting. He loved cooking for his family and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He excelled at playing the trumpet during his youth.

A visitation will be held Sunday, March 31 from 5-8 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with a rosery at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held Monday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, New Braunfels, Texas. Graveside service will be held Tuesday April 2 at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wounded Warriors Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org