Joseph Raymond White, 99, of Westside passed away peacefully Thursday, April 28, 2022 at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.
Joe was born July 15, 1922 in Westside to Edward Patrick and Mary Ann (Lawler) White. He grew up on the White family farm located 5 miles north of Westside. The Century Farm was established in 1875. He grew up one of six children.
Joe attended elementary school at Jackson #7 Country School and graduated in 1941 from St. Ann’s Academy in Vail. After graduation, he farmed with his father, played baseball in Vail, and spent some time during the winter months with his uncle in Omaha; he boxed in the Golden Gloves in his spare time.
White served in the United States Army during World War II from 1945 to 1947. He trained at Camp Hood, Texas, and served in Naples, Italy in the Motor Vehicle Dispatch Department. He was honorably discharged from the army on January 19, 1947. He then returned to Westside to resume farming.
On February 13, 1950, he married Helen Ann Healy at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Vail. The couple settled on the White family farm north of Westside. They were blessed with three children.
In addition to farming, he operated a cow and calf business and ended up raising cattle for many years before retiring from farming in 1988. Around this time he and Helen moved to Carroll , living there until the time of his death. While at Carroll, he was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and he was strongly devoted to his faith. Joe loved to golf and do woodworking projects, and he was always known to be a great “fixer” of just about anything. Joe was very proud of his Irish heritage, and he and members of his family made several trips to Ireland. He and his close friends always had fun playing cards and finding every opportunity to have a little fun.
Joseph is survived by his son James White and his wife, Peggy, of Westside; his daughter Colleen Rossiter and her husband, Lyle, of Westside; son-in-law John Nelson; four grandchildren: Matt Lujano (Jenna) of Carroll, Maureen White Beck (Bill) of Carroll, Hannah Rossiter Heiman (Eric) of Westside and Joseph Rossiter of Westside; six great-grandchildren: Benicio and Giada Lujano, Liam and Mara Beck, and Huxley and Ellee Heiman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Helen; his parents; five siblings: Melvin, Pearl Williams, Jack, Esther and Fr. Lloyd White; and his daughter Ann Nelson.
The Christian funeral mass was held on Saturday, April 30 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Vail. Father Shinoj Jose served as celebrant of the mass with interment at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery. Organist Irene Feilmeier accompanied the St. Ann Choir, Maureen Beck and Hannah Heiman served as readers, and Benicio and Giada Lujano served as gift bearers. The pallbearers were Joe Rossiter, Bob White, Pat Malloy, Eric Heiman, Bert Healy, Bill Beck IV and Matt Lujano. Military honors were bestowed by members of Alfred Rossman American Legion Post 196 and a U.S. Army Honor Guard.
Huebner Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.