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“Kelle just wanted you to know I had you on my mind all day today, and prayed that you had strength to get through this day. I wanted to be their but...Read More »
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“Kelle my heart goes out to you and your Aunt. Your Mom and Dad both have a special place in my heart - I have lots of fond memories of the...Read More »
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Robert Oral White, 79, of Springfield, died on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at St. John's Hospice. Robert was born April 27, 1930 in Pekin, the son of Oral and Mabel Gray White. He married Betty Van Gaasbeek on September 17, 1954 in Reno, NV. She preceded him in death in 1999. Robert attended Pekin High School where he played baseball and sang in the choir and received his Bachelor's Degree from Sacramento State University. During his playing years he was known as "Whizzer White". He was recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, but chose instead to serve his country during the Korean War. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Robert worked as an Estate Agent for the Federal government and retired in 1994. He was a member of West Side Christian Church and also was a member of the Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus. Robert loved the Cubs and loved to sing. He was a kind, generous man who loved his family deeply and enjoyed relaxing and snacking with his four legged buddy, Barkley. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Verna Harms. He is survived by his daughter, Kelle Lee White of Springfield and a sister, Joyce Kenney of South Pekin. Family will receive friends from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. A funeral ceremony will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Vaughn Beeman, officiating Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the U.S. Air Force. Memorial contributions may be made to the Beau Knot Class c/o Westside Christian Church, 2850 Cider Mill Ln., Springfield, IL 62702.

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