Richard C. White

May 25, 1924 - May 09, 2019

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Sunday, May 12, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel

Monday, May 13, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel


Monday, May 13, 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel


Richard Conrad White passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange. He lived a full and productive 94 years.

Richard was born on May 25, 1924, in Fort Wayne to the late Benjamin Arthur and Elsie (Windhorst) White. As the son of Scottish and German immigrants, he was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and work as a baker after high school, but Richard chose a different path and attended college at Indiana University where he earned a master’s degree in education and administration.

He started his career in education at Whitley County and also taught at Rome City. He took the position of principal at Wolcottville High School and Wolcottville Elementary until he retired in 1990 with 40 years in education. He continued to work for Lakeland School Corporation as a mail carrier for 16 years.

Richard served as the town mayor of Wolcottville and was Citizen of the Year for LaGrange County in 1996. He was a life-time member of Messiah Lutheran Church of Wolcottville.

Richard was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He served in the American Theatre and Pacific Theatre where he received two bronze stars. He also received a bronze star in the Philippine Liberation. He performed as a carbine rifle expert. Mr. White received the rank of sergeant with the 157th Quartermaster Company.

He enjoyed gardening and was an avid I.U. basketball fan.

On June 3, 1953, in Fort Wayne he married Virginia Clara Schlaudroff. She preceded him in death on June 12, 1994. He then married Patricia D. Frehse in 1996. She survives in Wolcottville.

Also surviving are three daughters, Nancy Diggs of Fort Wayne, Donna (Charles) Marks of Clermont, Georgia, and Lorelei (Thomas Bogucki) White of Howe; a son, Richard J. White of New Carlisle, Ohio; a granddaughter, Christy Trainer; two grandsons, Kenneth Diggs and Bryan White; a great-granddaughter; two great-grandsons; two stepdaughters, Lynn Leiter of LaGrange and Karen (Rod) Allen of LaGrange; and a stepson, Gary (Carolyn) Frehse of Oliver Lake.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Murray and Margaret Bengs; and two brothers, James White and Robert White.

Funeral services will be Monday, May 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville with Rev. Tom Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville.

Honorary pallbearers are Dean Domer and Merle Bloom. Active pallbearers are Richard White, Bryan White, Charles Marks, Tom Bogucki, Gary Frehse, Rod Allen, Kenneth Diggs, and Jeff Trainer.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard and active duty members of the U.S. Army.

Calling is Sunday, May 12, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the Wounded Warrior Project or Messiah Lutheran Church.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Egli and to the staff at Miller’s Merry Manor for the care that was given.

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Guest Book

Mary Jane Lambert Huneeld
May 25th, 2019 5:44pm
Huntingburg Indiana

One of the greatest teachers I had at Rome City Junior High School - 1953-54,

Paul and Sherri DeLong
May 15th, 2019 12:35am
Churubusco, IN

Gary and Caroline our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Judy Carter
May 13th, 2019 8:19pm

Donna, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jacki Merrifield Pearson
May 13th, 2019 5:17pm

So sorry to hear of his death. Just s giant pillar of the community in every way. Rick you are one of my favorite classmates of all time.

Teresa (Holliday) Criswell
May 13th, 2019 4:04pm
Rome City

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. White. He lived just a few house's down from us when I was growing up and he was my principle at Wolcottville school and the best one I've ever met. He was so kind to everyone and always had a smile on his face! Sending my condolences and prayers to all the family.

Candy Spangler (Fordyce)
May 13th, 2019 1:44pm
844e900s Geneva IN 46740

Such an honorable man he was a great guy at heart and I loved spending time at his house birthday parties with Lori will always remember these great times hugs to the family and prayers

Dennis Harp
May 13th, 2019 1:31pm
Glendive, Montana

Mr. White was there to greet you as you walked off the school bus for school everyday. He was a wonderful educator, principal, and later on in life a friend. He had a firm handshake, always remembered your name, and was genuinely interested in your life and career. My prayers and thoughts are with his wonderful family. There are many of us thankful he was a big part of our life.

Gwen Kahn
May 13th, 2019 1:06pm

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I know what a gift it was to have your Dad in your life.

Margaret Tarrant
May 13th, 2019 12:02pm
Atlanta, GA

My condolences to the family. Thinking of you and your family at this time.

Edward Dobmeyer
May 13th, 2019 11:07am
Atlanta, Georgia

My condolences to the family. I have many fond memories of Mr. White as principal and teacher when I attended WHS.

Devon Porter
May 13th, 2019 12:32am
Atlanta, GA

I can't imagine the sadness you must all be feeling from your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Richard L Farris
May 13th, 2019 12:24am
New Haven

Mr. White was a great educator, principal, and all around good person. I consider myself very lucky to have known him. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Paul and Debbie Fuller
May 12th, 2019 10:11pm
Schaumburg, Illinois

Mr. White was great with people and a very knowledgable man. Debbie and I have good memories of him. He came into our history class one time, pulled out a twenty dollar bill, and then talked about Andrew Jackson holding our attention the whole hour. We still remember one of his sayings. "A word to the wise is sufficient."

Susan (Beekman) Pugh
May 12th, 2019 7:28pm

Mr White was the best principal WHS ever had! I have good memories of him. He never forgot a face. May he rest in pease. Prayers to his family.

Janika Young
May 12th, 2019 1:06pm
Lawrenceville, GA

Sending condolences, love, and light to your family.

Rebecca C McDonald
May 11th, 2019 9:24pm
Duluth, Georgia

A friend & Co-worker of Donna Marks - Condolences & love to you and your family at this time.

Doug Dobmeyer
May 11th, 2019 7:37pm
Chicago, Illinois

Mr. White was the principal I grew up with, before going to Lakeland H.S. and IU. His demanding ways and Army style made me a better student and human being. I'm happy to hear he lived a long and fruitful life after I left Wolcottville. May the family he was a great person. RIP

Pat Darlington
May 11th, 2019 6:35pm
Columbus Ga

Rest in piece. Reading about your life, and talking with Donna and Chuck you were one fine person,husband,Dad,teacher. You will always be remembered.

Pat Shoudel Kleinrichert
May 11th, 2019 4:52pm
Traverse City Michigan

Mr. White was my favorite teacher and mentor. He encouraged me to become a teacher which was the greatest career for me next to being a wife and mom. Rest In Peace you beautiful man.

jim hall
May 11th, 2019 4:22pm

Heaven is a better place with Mr Richard White in attendance.

Lynn & Ruth Gerardot
May 11th, 2019 1:33pm
Adams Lake

Dick was a very friendly person. He was a loved school administrator and never met a stranger. Our community will miss him..

Tara Love
May 11th, 2019 12:36pm

Everything about Mr.White was magnificent! From his strong handshakes, his gigantic hugs, and his kind words! Growing up I always thought he was part of our family. I don’t remember not knowing him. He worked with my grandma, Dorothy Cook, and taught ally my aunts, uncles, parents, and was mine and some of my cousins principal. He was simply wonderful and the world is a better place for having him in it. Praying for his family and thanking them for sharing him with us. ❤️

Jonquil Cook Vincent
May 11th, 2019 12:23pm

My heart is so sad. Mr. White was family to us, and he was the best teacher I ever had. I have so much love and admiration for him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. God bless all.

Tony Lower
May 11th, 2019 12:22pm

Prayers, thoughts, and condolences to the White family. Mr. White was a positive influence to so many people, including myself. It is definitely an honor and privilege to have had in my life. Thank you, Mr. White's family, for sharing him with all of us. Love and hugs to the family.🙏🙏🙏

Dave Hamilton
May 11th, 2019 1:44am

To Mr. Whites family, I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

Dave Hamilton
May 11th, 2019 1:13am

To Mr. White, You were my first boss, mentor, and friend. Thank you for all the lessons you taught me about being a teacher and how to live my life. To Mr. Where's family, I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

Trisha (Honaker) Lalancette
May 11th, 2019 12:02am
Wolcottville, IN

To All of Mr. White’s Loved Ones, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. He was a wonderful man. I loved it when The White’s were my neighbors.

Tom and Jane Hulen
May 10th, 2019 11:18pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you - Tom is so very sorry that he won't be able to be there with the Honor Guard - we both have such fond memories of Richard - May God comfort you in this time of loss, Blessings,