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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY - WILLIARD WAYNE WHITE

Willard Wayne WHITE, oldest son of Merle F. and Mary Ethel (SHEPHERD) WHITE, was born December 23, 1920 near Afton, Iowa, and departed this life at his home in Shannon City on November 13, 1987, at the age of 66 years. He was a lifelong resident of Union County. He graduated from Afton High School in 1938. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, spending 33 months in Italy and Africa.

On May 11, 1947, he was united in marriage to Darlene Louis KELLER at Afton. They were the parents of nine children.

In their early years he was a farmer and later was a truck driver. He was proud of his years of service as Commander and Chaplain of the VFW and American Legion. Willard loved the outdoors and he shared that love with his children.

Willard is survived by his wife, Darlene, of Shannon City; four daughtesr, Mary (Mrs. Loren) LONG of Greenfield, Marsha (Mrs. Terry) CHEERS of Afton, Marie (Mrs. Richard) FLYNN of Creston, and Marla (Mrs. Bernard) CRAWFORD of Mount Ayr; five sons, Larry and Johnny of Shannon City, Jerry (wife Sandy) of Creston, Perry (wife Sara) of Red Oak, and Randy (wife Leslie) of Arispie; 15 grandchildren; two brothers, Louis of Shannon City and Kenneth of Mesa, Arizona; five sisters, Leota (Mrs. Ted) THOMPSON of New Virginia, Lola (Mrs. Otis) BROWN of Salem, Missouri, Shirley (Mrs. Bill) SHIELDS of Lucas, Marjorie (Mrs. Donovan) KENNEDY of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Donna Faye (Mrs. Raymond) McKNIGHT of Osceola; and step-mother, Edith WHITE of Mount Ayr.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held November 16, 1987, from the United Methodist Church at Shannon City, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Eydie STEPHENS. Music was provided by Linda Lorenzen and Sherri PLOUGH.

Casketbearers were Loren LONG, Terry CHEERS, Hal THOMPSON, Richard FLYNN, Ralph NURNBERG and Bernard CRAWFORD. Honorary pallbearers were Ken NURNBERG, Zene KILGORE, Ralph TALLMAN, Frank TALLMAN, Glenn KNEEDLER, Jerry NURNBERG and L. W. "Joe" GROSS. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery at Shannon City, Iowa.

To Willard
What can I say, that hasn't already been said,
So I guess I'll write a poem instead
(He would like that.)

Dad wasn't only Dad.
He was a friend.

Someone who was always there with love to no end.
I will always remember him.
I'll never forget
I just wish the Lord hadn't taken him yet.

I liked to make him laugh and smile
He did the same for me.
But now he lays at rest
I love you, Willard
You're the best.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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