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Theodore Murray White


1924 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Theodore Murray White Obituary
Theodore Murray White (Ted White) 10/5/1924 to 5/4/2013 Ted White passed peacefully at home on May 4, 2013. He was 88 years old. Ted loved to garden and each year he planted and tended a large garden. He also grew fruit and nut trees on his farm and raised beef cattle. Family, friends, and neighbors enjoyed the bounty of Ted's gardens. Ted grew up near Monterey, California. When he was 19 he joined the Navy and was assigned as an armed guard for Alvino Rey, the bandleader and steel guitar virtuoso. Ted escorted Rey's band to performances at various military bases. In 1944 he was re-assigned to the USS Randolph, an aircraft carrier. He served as an Aviation Boatswain's Mate in the midst of World War II in the Asiatic Pacific directing a crew handling planes on the flight deck and surviving several enemy attacks. With peace restored, the USS Randolph transited the Panama Canal to join the Atlantic Fleet. Ted was on board the Randolph during Operation Magic Carpet, when allied troops were returned to their homelands in Europe. Ted served until May of 1946. After his military service, Ted and other family members settled north of Redding, California where Ted started raising livestock and planting orchards. He was a jack of all trades and built his own barns and did his own backhoe work, as well as welding, electrical and plumbing. When a part was needed for a tractor or car, he often created it in his metal shop. He married Irene (nee Oleta Irene Hay) in October of 1959. They were married for 41 years until Irene passed in May of 2001. Irene came complete with seven children who have considered Ted their father for 54 years. Ted and Irene relocated to Red Bluff in 1980 where they continued to raise livestock and grow vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Ted was predeceased by his parents, Murray and Sarah White; his brothers Charles and Frank White; stepdaughters Judy Reed and Mary Niles; and grandchild David. He is survived by his stepchildren Irene Fuller, Jo Hemphill, Anna (Hacklin) Carter, Bill Hacklin, and Lynne Hacklin and son-in-law Glenn Reed. Also, surviving are his grandchildren Donald, Dandy, Barbie, Lorrie, Cherie, Dana, Amber, Chris, Greg, Andrea, Ashley, Tricia, Tracy, and TD. He will also be greatly missed by his neighbors Anne, John, and Ellen Read . A memorial service for Ted, with full military honors, is set for June 18, at 12:30 at Igo National Cemetery located at 11800 Gas Point Road, Igo, CA 96047. The family will also honor and inter the ashes of their mother, and Ted's wife, Irene White at this service. A picnic will follow the service.
Published in Daily News on May 16, 2013
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