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Nov. 12, 1934 – Oct. 10, 2019
White obit oak
Richard O. White, age 84 of Oakdale, California died Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Cleveland, Tenn. Mr. White was born, the sixth of nine children in Orange Blossom County, California on November 12, 1934 to Ralph E. White, Sr. and Richaline Hensley White. Mr. White grew up in rural Oakdale, California and attended Oakdale Schools.
He was a 1953 graduate of Oakdale Joint Union High School. Mr. White served four years active duty and four years inactive duty in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy he worked in Oakdale for the Bank of America, Oakdale Police Department, Hershey Chocolate and Hunt-Wesson Foods. He retired from Hunt-Wesson Foods after 30 years in 1991.
After retirement Mr. White and his wife Dorothy moved to Tennessee that same year. They built their retirement home on the banks of the Tennessee River 50 miles north of Chattanooga. They lived there 25 years before downsizing and moving to Cleveland, TN in 2015. In retirement Mr. White kept busy boating, fishing, hunting, golfing, traveling and “Do It Yourself” home projects. Mr. White is a former member of the Oakdale Sportsmen’s Club, Central Valley Transportation Club, Stockton Traffic Club, Oakdale Golf and Country Club, E Clampus Vitus Chapter 58, and was a life member of the N.R.A. In the early 1950’s he was a charter member of the “Foothill Flyers”, a Hotrod Club based in Oakdale.
Mr. White is survived by his wife Dorothy of Cleveland, TN, daughter Janet Conley of Cleveland, TN, Sisters Verna Jacobson of Colville, WA, Evelyn Magers of Santa Rosa, CA, and brother Roger White of Enumclaw, WA. He was preceded in death by his son Richard (Rick) White of Modesto, CA, sisters Irma White of Oakdale, CA, Richaline Remick of Anchorage, AK, Brothers Ralph and Vernon White of Oakdale CA and Ed White of Willows, CA. Mr. White willed his remains to the University of Tennessee (Memphis) Anatomy Bequest Program.

The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader

Oct. 16, 2019