Lt. Col. Stramer Frank White, USAF (Ret.), died peacefully at his home on June 30, 2014 at the age of 94 years old. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Jeannie (Brydson) and two sons, Robert G. White and Thomas W. White. Survivors include children, Stramer F. White II and wife Linda, Thomas W. White's widow Diane Gurganis, Christopher L. White and wife Michiko, Douglas A. White and wife Kathy, Jeannie M. Senne and husband Ron; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Better known as Frank to his many friends, he was born and raised on Lake Austin Blvd. across from Deep Eddy Pool. Shortly after graduating from Austin High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. A few years later he married another native Austinite, the former Jeannie Brydson. Together they raised 6 children.
A soldier by profession, Col. White had a remarkable career. He began his career as a private in the US Army horse cavalry patrolling the Texas/Mexico border. He applied to Officer Candidate School soon after the war's outbreak and was duly promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Throughout World War II he served in Europe with the US Army Air Corp as group ordinance officer. For the rest of his long career, his duties involved ordinance of all types including chemical and nuclear. Among his numerous decorations is the Bronze Star for his actions during the Korean Conflict. His last assignment was at Kennedy Space Center working on both civilian and military rockets. A career that began as a Private on horseback ended as a Lt. Col. with a Missileman Badge. By any standard, a remarkable career.
Upon retirement, he returned to Austin and bought a home in Oak Hill. Within a few years, all of the children had left home to begin their own families and careers. Now empty nesters, Frank and Jeannie were active in their church, the Fairview Church of Christ. Their home was the site of frequent visits by children and grandchildren. Frank played golf frequently and worked in the yard.
After Jeannie died in 2000, Christopher White and wife Michiko moved in with Frank to assist him with household tasks. Several years later, his health began a slow but steady decline. Chris and Michiko served faithfully as caregivers until Frank's death.
The family thanks the caring personnel with Hospice Austin for their support during Frank's final days.
The family will receive friends from Noon until 1:00 P.M. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home followed by Services at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel officiated by George McCall of Fairview Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.
Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 4 to July 5, 2014