Charles White

  • "My deepest sympathies to the family."
    - April Keck
  • "Dear Sharon & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Professor..."
    - Chris Kralis
  • "My deepest sympathy to you! I knew Wayne from growing up..."
    - Mary (Barnard) Moore
  • "Professor White truly helped me successfully land my first..."
    - Joe Howard
  • "Sharon & Family: I enjoyed working with and getting to..."
    - Bill Ross

Charles White, 68

Charles "Wayne" White, 68, died Friday April 20, 2012, unexpectedly at his home in West Lafayette.

Born December 29, 1943, in Dunnington, IN to Harry and Helen (Liptrap) White. A graduate of Oak Grove High School in Oxford, IN, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University. Retiring in 2010 as an associate professor at Purdue in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology, he also owned White Line Service, a patent drawing and consulting company for clients including Cook, Inc.

He married Sharon Saunders Cockerill in 1984 and she survives, as does brother Franklin (Mary) White, sister Janice (Paul) Ade, and sister Barbara Sloan. Other survivors are son Sven White of Lake Havasu City, AZ and daughter Rikke (Truls) Finbratten of Bothel, WA from his first marriage, along with stepchildren Susan Sullivan of Indianapolis, Russel Cockerill and daughter Chloe, of West Lafayette, Cara (Joel) Hainje and daughters Devin and Cameron Hainje, all of West Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Larry White.

Wayne was an avid supporter of the women's volleyball and basketball programs at Purdue in addition to being a member of the John Purdue Club, Goldblock, and the BOILERmaker NETwork. He loved to travel and during their 28-year marriage he and Sharon visited all 50 United States.

A member of the Wildcat Valley Rifle and Pistol Club and the N.R.A, he was interested in military history, firearms, aviation, and mechanical devices of all types. Wayne was an expert woodworker, excellent bridge player, great baker of pies and cookies, and doting grandfather who enjoyed attending his granddaughters' school and athletics events, often taking them to Silver Dipper Ice Cream on the way home.

He loved music of all kinds and collected hundreds of CDs, books, and videos during his lifetime. Wayne was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Donations to Riley Hospital for Children or Food Finders Backpack Program in lieu of flowers. Services at 7 p.m. with visitation from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012 at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 23, 2012
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