Donald “Don” G. White, 80, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his home.
Donald “Don” G. White, 80, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his home. He was born March 17, 1933, in Moorehead, Kan., the son of Virgil C. and Ruby K. (Nielsen) White.
On Dec. 26, 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Alberta A. Davis, at the First Presbyterian Church in Chanute, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his three daughters, Julie (John) Calabro, Jill (Roger)Widdice and Joanna (Bobby) Williams; four grandchildren, Alexander Chapin, Madeline Chapin, Sydney Williams, Reece Williams; three step-granddaughters, Emily Calabro, Corinne Calabro, and Angelina Calabro; a great-granddaughter, Morgan Widdice; and two brothers, Robert White and William White.
Don was preceded in death by, his parents and a grandson, Daniel Widdice.
Don served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. After discharge he attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1958. Don then moved to Hays Kan., and worked as an engineer for Haliburton Oil Co. From 1962 to 1964 he and his family lived in Missippi and he worked for Dowell Oil Co. They then moved to McCook Neb., where he worked for the U.S. Government Bureau of Reclamation, working on the Red Willow Dam Project. In 1969 he and his family moved to Leavenworth where he was an engineer at Fort Leavenworth. Don retired from civil service in 1995 and started his own engineering and surveying company D.G. White and Associates, which he operated until his death.
Don will be remembered as devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His generosity and kindness will not be forgotten. He lived for his family.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.