Bernie L. White
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“Mary, Deva, Helen and all, My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. I didn't know Bernie, but know his passing is so hard for you...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Judy Harman - Afton, IA - Friend

“I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Lisa ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Lisa Wilkinson - Creston, IA

“Mary sorry for you loss you will be in my prayers. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Bobbi Minton - Galveston, TX

“So sorry to hear about your loss he was a great guy i know you are going miss him greatly be thinking of you Pam and Lyn ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: LYN AND PAM LININGER - AR

“Mary, We are so sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time of sadness. Rose (Miller) and Kevin Henry ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Rose and Kevin Henry - Creston, IA

“Sorry for your loss. I met Bernie and Mary when I rented a room at the Iowana and we became friends. Our thoughts are with you ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: John & Dawn Woolheater - Creston, IA

“Mary and family, We were sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you all. Medicap Pharmacy Jeff, Skip, Linda, Shelby, Deb and Brooke ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Shelby Freeman - Creston, IA

“Mary, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Monte & Sherry Parrott ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Monte Parrott - Afton, IA

“Mary, so very sorry for your loss! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you. kathyb ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: kathy bunkofske - creston, IA

“Mary, So sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. You have my deepest sympathies. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Barb Wynn - Creston, IA


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Bernie Lewis White, the son of Hedge Theodore and Anna Lavelle (Coon) White, was born on January 15, 1944, in Milan, Missouri. Bernie entered eternal rest on February 25, 2012, at Greater Regional Medical Center, Creston, Iowa, at the age of sixty-eight.

Bernie has lived in Missouri, Illinois, and Des Moines. He lived in Thayer a few years, and then moved to Creston where he has lived the past thirty-one years. In 1962, he married Sharon Kay Hines. They had two children, Tammy Lynn and Linda Kay. Bernie and Sharon later divorced. On December 24, 1964, he married Lila Kay Hanke in Illinois. They had one child, Ronald Lewis. Bernie and Lila later divorced. On October 26, 1991, he married Mary Kay Waddell Bolinger.

Bernie has worked various jobs during his life. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad as a M.O.W. Laborer; he worked in maintenance and management for the Iowana Hotel before it closed; he worked for Sunbest Foods and the YMCA for several years; and worked in production for Pottash in Illinois. Bernie owned Southside Auto Sales in Creston where he detailed cars and sold used cars. He also sold for Gose's Used Cars. Bernie was an auto detailer at M & M Motors from 1995-1999.

Left to cherish Bernie's memory are his wife, Mary White, Creston; his daughter, Linda (Gene) Fry, Creston; his son, Ron (Angela) White, Creston; his daughter, Tammy Williams, Albuquerque, NM; his stepson, Michael Bolinger, Creston; and his stepdaughter, Deva Bolinger and fiance', Josh Sweeney, Creston. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters: Georgiann (Larry) Kibble, Newton; Vera Lovan, Green City, MO; Kathy (Jim) Albright, Joplin, MO: his sisters-in-law: Arlene White, Princeton, MO; Helen Waddell, Creston; and Donna (Ron) Fogle, Glendale, AZ; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceding Bernie in death were his parents; three brothers: Carl, Edward and James White; one sister, Kathryn White; and a brother-in-law: Carl Lovan.