November 10, 2005


Donald R. White, 74, of Wyaconda, MO, passed away November 1, 2005, at his home.

He was born the son of Charles Ross and Hazel May (Woods) White on April 13, 1931 in Fulton County, IL.

He married the former Melba Hoyle on October 29, 1970 in Pekin, IL. She survives.

Don worked at Caterpillar for 31 years, retiring in April of 1980 as an engineering maintenance supervisor. He was a hard worker all his life. When he was in his youth, he and his brother worked on the railroad – his brother moving coal and Don cleaning the fire boxes.

An avid sportsman, he and Melba moved to the Wyaconda area because Don so enjoyed the deer hunting and fishing while visiting his stepsons. For many years he also owned land in Canada, where he was fond of hunting moose and elk. His party often had to be flown into the remote areas of the country to hunt.

In Wyaconda, Don garnered the reputation as quite the handyman. He built three or four new houses, did countless repair jobs and continued to work until his health no longer permitted. His grandson, J.R., has taken over for him.

One of Don’s greatest joys was his church. He was named a deacon at the Wyaconda Baptist Church in 1981 and was a longtime Sunday School Superintendent.  Don was a moderator for the Pleasant Grove Association, and maintained Camp Leeper. When Don became ill, his doctor told him that his immune system was weak and he should avoid going out.

“Can I still go to church?” Don asked.

He was heartbroken when told he would have to stop going.  

He was preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Vere White; and a daughter, Delores Scobee.

He is survived by his wife, Melba, of Wyaconda; daughters, Kristy and husband David Tarpein of Wyaconda and Sandy and husband Floyd Fulsom of Pekin, IL; stepson Randy Paul of Fairmont; sister Ethel Lutz of Vermont, IL; two grandsons; a granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held November 4, 2005 at the Wyaconda Baptist Church with Rev. Ernest Deatrick officiating. Dora Mae Deatrick played the piano. Bud Lutz, Jim Alderton, Jim Landrith, Bill Landrith, George Hudson, and Tracey Russell served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Wyaconda Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. White’s family via email at gerths

Arrangements are under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service from their Wyaconda chapel.

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