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Robert Emory White, age 69, of Spencer Township, was welcomed into Heaven on Monday, April 2, 2018 at his home under the loving care of his family after a battle with cancer.  The son of Claude and Alice (Mitchell) White, he was born on May 11, 1948 in Ionia and was a 1966 graduate of IoniaHigh School. 

Bob was proud to serve his country in the United States Army where he was a member of the Army Sharpshooter Team.  He loved bow hunting, fishing, oil painting, playing his guitar, banjo and harmonica, his Lionel train, and traveling the countryside on his Harley. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Gary White.  Surviving are his wife, Susan (Wilford) White; his children, Tracy & Rusty Kemp of Sumner, and Matthew & Amanda White of Watford City, North Dakota; his step-children, Anna & Frank Foster of Pottstown, PA, and Joshua & Emily Wilford of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Shaelyn Jewell of Elwell, Christa & Sean Thorp of West Branch, Christian White of St. Louis, Evan, Lukas and Asher Foster of Pottstown, PA, Jordan and Samuel Wilford of Grand Rapids; his sister, Pat Struble; his wife’s siblings, Jon & Marian Wilford of Lansing and Anne Wilford & Donald Bivin of Oakland, CA; and several nieces, nephews and special friends. 

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bob’s life from 1-3 p.m. on May 5, 2018 at the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post No. 101, 1320 W. Washington Street, Greenville.  Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. 

Instead of flowers, Bob would have appreciated contributions in his memory to the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a variety of programs to assist wounded veterans in all branches of the United States Armed Forces (https://semperfifund.org/donate/).   To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bob's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.com

Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.  

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  1. Pat Struble on April 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Flying high with the angels. Love you Bob.



  2. Jon and Marian Wilford on April 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

    -á -á A sad good-bye to our brother in law and good friend Bob. After a long fight, he passed at home by the lake, still calling the shots as he did his whole life. A fellow fisherman and Harley rider, our last conversation a week ago was of riding bike and hoping we could get out on the lake a few more times to fish. Unfortunately this won’t happen now and I will miss it and we will miss him. In the future there won’t be a time when I’m out riding or casting a line that he will not come to mind.-á Our condolences to Sue and Bob’s family, but we should all remember the good times we had with him, Bob’s hearty laugh and how he enjoyed his life.



  3. Sharon Jenkins on April 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

    An intelligent, sweet and humble man with a terrific sense of humor!
    You will be missed friend!



  4. Bob Dilly on April 8, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Good neighbor and friend.-á Will miss his occasional banjo playing over the lake and running his mower over the yard about a thousand times to get it mulched real good.-á

    Rest in peace my friend.



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