William F. White Jr., 71, Osage City: Feb. 7, 1946 – Jan. 20, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – William F. White Jr., of Osage City, Kan., died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Midland Care Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was 71 years of age. Family and friends lovingly surrounded him in the days prior to his death. Bill was born Feb. 7, 1946, in Chanute, Kan., to his parents, William F. White Sr. and Marguerite F. White.

After living in Emporia during his early childhood, he went to Osage City public schools, and graduated from Osage City High School in 1965. Bill served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for six years. Additionally, he was an employee of Union Pacific Railroad for more than 25 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed coaching baseball for his three sons in their youth. In retirement, Bill was an expert woodworker and refurbished numerous antique pieces. Bill was a devout Catholic, and was proud of his membership in the Knights of Columbus. He served as an officer on several occasions, including as a Grand Knight.

Bill married Janice A. Krueger on Oct. 21, 1967. They were married for 50 years. Together, they enjoyed dancing, bowling, spending time with neighbors, and raising their children.

His parents, as well as his infant brother, Arthur L. White, preceded Bill in death.

In addition to his wife, Janice, of Osage City, survivors include his three sisters, Patricia Edge, Kansas City, Mo., Carol Bolyard, Osage City, and Margaret Jean White, Columbus, Ohio; three sons, Arthur L. White and daughter-in-law, Megan M. White, Columbia, Mo., Troy D. White, Longmont, Colo., and Daniel L. White, Osage City; a grandson, Samuel R. White, Columbia; and several beloved nieces and nephews. Bill believed the concept of family extended well beyond the home and the nuclear family unit.

A celebration of life Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Osage City; with the saying of the Rosary to begin at 10 a.m. A luncheon will take place in St. Brigid Hall immediately following the service. Following his wishes, Bill was cremated; Angels Above Cremation Services, Topeka, respectfully performed the task. His remains will be buried at the Osage City Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that a donation be made to the American Lung Association in Bill’s name.

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