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Robert E. White, Sr.
July 30, 1925 - May 15, 2012
Robert E. White, Sr., 86, of Vacaville, passed away peacefully on May 15, in David Grant Medical Center after a brief illness, surrounded by his family and friends. A long-time resident of Benicia, he was born in Cochran, Oregon to Raymond and Margret White. He was a veteran of
World War II
having served as a Boatswain's Mate on the USS Rixey (APH-3) where he functioned as a Coxswain on landing craft. He married Eleanor J. Ribeiro in 1945 and they remained married until Eleanor's death in 1985.
After the war, he stayed in the Naval Reserve and continued to serve his country as a Chief Boatswain's Mate. He served for more than 40 years before retiring. In civilian life, he worked at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia Arsenal, was a
for the City of Benicia holding the rank of Captain when he left and finally a federal firefighter at the Concord Naval Weapons Station and Naval Radio Station in Dixon attaining the rank of Senior Captain before his retirement.
In his younger days, Bob played ball for the Benicia Bombers and the Benicia Mud Hens. He was an avid 49ers fan, coached his sons and many other boys in the Benicia Little League, enjoyed golf and loved to bowl. He bowled in the Travis Air Force Base leagues with his loving companion and teammate, Song Bjork.
Bob was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Harry, and his cherished sister, Betty Holt. He is survived by his children Robert Jr., and his wife, Donna of Jacksonville, FL., Mike and his wife, Luly of Benicia, and Vicki and her husband, Dennis of Napa; his grandchildren, William Walsh, AnaKarina White, Jerod White, Johnny White, Andy White, Tara White and Kevin White; his great-grandchildren, William Walsh, Jr., and Chance White; many nieces and nephews; his loving companion, Song Bjork; his close friend, Robbie Roberts; his Jack Russell Terrier, Jackie; his friends, Jill and Kevin; and many others at the Dog Park in Davis, and his friends at the TAFB Bowling Alley.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at David Grant Medical Center for the loving care and compassion they provided Bob during his recent illness. Their skill and dedication helped to make Bob's transition from this life easier and less painful.
There will be no services as per Bob's wishes. His remains will be cremated and scattered at sea as he desired.
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Published in The Reporter on May 18, 2012
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