Kenneth Eldon White, 86, Belmond, died Wed. Jan. 13, 2021 at Iowa Specialty Hospital, Belmond. Services were held Jan. 17 at Immanuel Reformed Church. Burial was in the Belmond Cemetery.
I was born Nov. 27, 1934 at Nevada to Asa and Dorothea (Kimble) White. My folks moved to Belmond in 1939. I graduated from Belmond High School with the Class of 1953. I married Rita Garman on Jan. 24, 1955 and was married to Rita for 50 years until her passing on May 2, 2005. We had two children: Kenneth Lynn and Julie Richardson.
I worked at Lloyd's Standard Station for two years, Jack Granzow and Ron Hummel for six months in parts and sales, and then for Len Sheldon as a mechanic from November 1956 until November 1964. Then Rita and I moved to Ankeny where I worked for Firestone for 32 years. I was a mechanic for ten years and maintenance foreman for 22 years, and was sent to France, Venezuela and England as an associate engineer to change rubber mixers, carter machine works, and to Selena, CA, Pottstown, PA and Memphis, TN to ship Firestone equipment out, and to the Akron, OH rubber plants several times.
My passion and love was working on my 1951 Chevrolet green car and going to many car shows with my brother Richard. I won a few trophies. I also enjoyed yard work, and of course my four-legged side kicks, especially my long time bassett hound Honey Baby.
Several years ago my mother, Dorothea, who lived in Belmond, fell and had to go to the nursing home. While visiting her, I met Evanette (Evie Pals) Foss, who I knew in high school. Her mother had fallen and was in the nursing home also. Evie’s husband Bob had passed away from cancer on April 22, 2007 from cancer. They were married for 55 years, with three girls and two boys. We started dating and got married Nov. 8, 2008. We were on our 12th year. (Evie was born Feb. 25, 1934.)
I forgot to mention, at 52 years of age I got diabetes, had cancer in 1961, and had a triple bypass on March 24, 2014. My dad Asa had diabetes, and my mother lived to be 104 years old. She passed June 1, 2017.
My survivors include, my wife Evanette "Evie" White of Belmond; daughter Julie (Mark) Richardson of Huxley; son Kenneth L. (Jolene) White of Polk City; brother Richard (Joan Miller) White of Norwalk; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; stepchildren BobbiJo Priestly, Tony (Shelley) Foss, Gayle (Les) Thompson, Todd (Denise) Foss and Sally (Brad) Lindeman; nine step-grandchildren; and 16 step-great- grandchildren.
Those who preceded me in death include my first wife Rita; my parents; Evie’s first husband Bob Foss; step-son-in-law Guy Priestly; and step-granddaughter Jody Priestly.