Longtime Sterling resident Richard R. "Dick" White died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 67.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m., today, Aug. 25, at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 32974 Sterling Highway in Sterling. The Rev. Bob Reasner will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the VFW Post No. 10046 and the American Legion Post No. 20.
Mr. White was born Oct. 27, 1941, to Raymond and Esther (DeMen) White in Rochester, N.Y. He was raised in upstate New York where he met his wife when he was 17 years old. Mr. White entered into the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 18, 1958, and received a rifle marksman's badge, as well as rifle and pistol sharpshooter medals and received the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged Dec. 14, 1962, but continued serving in the U.S. Army Reserve where he taught demolition from 1975-77. He moved to Alaska with his wife and six children in 1981. He worked as a master carpenter with his sons.
"Dick's love in life was white tail deer hunting and fishing with his children. He also loved his morning coffee with the 'Sterling Bad Boys.' Dick will be greatly missed by all who knew him," his family said.
Mr. White was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, David White.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jan White of Sterling; daughters, Lisa Marie Curtis of Norfolk, Va., and Donna Jeanne Pederson of Sterling; sons, William, Raymond, Daniel G. and Christopher White, all of Sterling; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Sandy White of Florida; and two nieces and their families, all of New York.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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