MOUNT VERNON — Jack White, 73, of Mount Vernon passed away Saturday evening, March 20, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a hard fought battle against cancer.
He was born April 10, 1936, to the late Charles Edward and Cretora (Battin) White. Jack grew up on the family dairy farm outside of Gambier. He graduated from Howard High School in 1954, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. Jack was co-captain of the high school football team his senior year. Jack was a Korean War veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959 on the USS Coral Sea, where he was company honor man and member of the U.S. Naval Air Fighter Squadron the Red Rippers. Jack also served on board the aircraft carrier USS Essex.
Jack retired from Sprint Telephone Co. in 1994 after 35 years of service. His career began as a splicer and he worked his way up to engineering supervisor. After retirement, Jack became a contract engineer with Progressive Communications Service working for several phone companies over the next nine years. He loved the opportunity to travel and make new friends.
Jack was an avid golfer, loved Ohio State sports of any kind, but especially the OSU football and women’s basketball teams. He loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, loved to travel with his wife and spend time with family and his many friends. Jack will always be remembered for his sense of humor and love of life. He was ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and made friends wherever he went.
Jack was a member of the Danville United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge 199, lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2555, member of the American Legion, and past member of the Narte Certified Class 1 Engineers.
Jack will be forever missed by his loving wife and soul mate of 36 years, Gina (Billow) White; sons, Bill (Chris) White of Granville and Keith (Debbie) White of Gambier; daughters, Julie Jones of Mount Vernon and Nicole (Earl) Stelzer of Fredericktown; grandchildren, Mallory Doup, Christian White, Matthew White, Jason White, Lauren White, Kyrsten Jones, Monyca Jones, Bolten Jones, Kashton Jones, Hunter Jones, Nicholas Stelzer and William Stelzer.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his brother, William White.
The family will receive friends Saturday, March 27, at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, from 10 a.m. until the time of a memorial service at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Becky Piatt officiating. A Masonic service will begin the memorial service. Military honors will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council and will be held at the funeral home following the conclusion of the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, Jack asked that contributions be made in his memory to the Center of Cancer Care, 1330 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon; the Knox County Humane Society, 400 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon; or the Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Jack White.