Jack White of Lockhart was born Jan. 17, 1932 and went to be with his Lord on Sept. 30, 2005 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He passed away very peacefully with his wife and long time dear friend Bill James at his side at Seton Medical Hospital.
Jack grew up in Austin and attended Baker Jr. High and Austin High School. Immediately after high school h
e went to work for Southern Union Gas Co. and shortly afterward was called by Uncle Sam to serve in Korea, which he did proudly. After active duty he returned to his job with Southern Union Gas Co. and retired in 1985 with 32 years service. Also when he returned he joined the Active Army Reserves and was assigned to an engineering group until he retired from the military after 29 years as a Master Sergeant.
Jack was a hard worker; he and Sue have a ranch and have always worked very hard on it. He was active in several organizations. Life Member of Ben Hur Shrine Center, Past Master of Colorado Lodge No 96, Past Patron of Lockhart Chapter No. 210 Order of the Eastern Star, Past President and Life Member of Texas Shrine Motor Patrol Association, President of Ben Hur Hospital Transporters, American Legion Post No. 41, Life Member of the VFW Post No. 8927 and the Scottish Rite of Austin. Served as a Member of the Advisory Board for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. Board of Governors for the Houston Shriners Hosptials for Children, (he attended the September meeting, but had to leave early because he was not feeling well).
When Jack retired from Southern Union in 1985, he started transporting Children to the Shrine Hospitals in Houston & Galveston. He loved doing it and he loved the children. If a child couldn”t walk Jack carried them even if they were 7 or 8 years old. They referred to him as Mr. Jack and if they had called him the President, he couldn”t have been prouder than the title Mr. Jack he loved the children and they loved him.
The most rewarding and humbling service he was ask to do was to be on the Board of Governors for the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Houston. He felt that the decisions made there would help so many Texas children with tree and the best medical care available and he took the challenge with all his being.
Jack loved helping people, but his first obligation and love was for Sue and his two girls which he adored and never fell to tell them so, and to see that they were well taken care of. Jack and Sue had been friends for several years, but when he returned from Korea they started dating and were married Feb. 23, 1955. They had 50 years and seven of a wonderful life and two beautiful daughters. He was very active in all the girls” activities and in most of his organizations, the family was included so that they could have more time together.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Ira White, and daughter Latricia Gail Kadlecek White
He is survived by his loving wife Susan (Sue); daughter Jacquelyn Lanette White of Lockhart; grandchildren: Chriesna Guynes and husband Mike of Montgomery, Texas, Clint Kadlecek of Smithville, Texas. and Whitney Wendt of Ithaca, N.Y; great-grandchildren: Rilynn Guynes and Reese Guynes of Montgomery, Texas.; one brother, John White and wife Lea of Comanche, Texas; two sisters, Joyce Erickson of Houston and Elaine Dorsett and husband Wayne of Liberty Hill, Texas; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and long time friends Bill and Barbara James, Nancy Cunningham and Brenda Galloway.
The family wishes to thank Dr. John Doty and SW Regional Cancer center for the excellent care he received. Also the 7th floor Nursing Staff and Aides at Seton Medical Center, you are truly God”s Angels on Earth.
Bill and Barbara James, God”s Angels also, for bringing food and making me eat when I didn”t want to, and for always reminding me that I needed to stay strong for Jack, and for the long hours they spent with us each day at the hospital and always wanting to know if there was anything else they could do.
God is so merciful, on Sept. 28 when Jack felt he could no longer help anyone and the pain was getting worse he asked God to take away the pain and help him. His pain was eased and he was resting comfortably until Sept. 30 when he went to be with His Lord and Savior.
Visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 3, 2005 from 5-8 p.m. at McCurdy Funeral Home in Lockhart, Texas. Funeral services were held on 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005 at McCurdy Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at the Delhi Cemetery in Delhi with Masonic graveside services, Rev. Al Stiefer and Billy Borho, officiated.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Kadlecek, C.O. Jones, Horace Puckett, Don Wheeler, Mike Wheeler and Rick Wheeler. Honorary Pallbearers: Members of Houston Board of Governors, Shriners Hospital for Children, Ben Hur Trailblazers and Ben Hur Transporters.
In lieu of flowers, it was Jack”s wish that Memorials be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston 6977 Main Street Houston, Texas 77030-9817 In Memory of Jack White-For Patient Necessities only.