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John Francis White, 95, of Laclede, Kansas, died Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the Good Shepherd Homecare Hospice in Manhattan.

He was born November 5, 1925 in Hanover, Kansas, the son of Agnes Triska and John Francis White. His family moved to the Laclede area in 1929. He attended White Chapel School of Laclede, Hanover School, Harrington School, and Wamego High School. He was one of three boys and four sisters.

John was a farmer and a rancher his entire life. John was active in his community. He served on the Laclede Grade School board, the Belvue school board, Knights of Columbus, St. Mary's chapter, the St. Mary's Bank board, and the St. Mary's Coop board.

He was united in marriage on October 17, 1949 to Marjorie Alice Lintz at St. Bernard's Church. They supported each other raising nine children, expanding the farm, and enjoying their community. She preceded him in death in 2001. Mr. White was also preceded in death by their son, Dr. John F. White III , doctorate of psychology, in 1988.

John was a lifelong member of the St. Bernard's Catholic Church. He was proud to support the parish when the church was rebuilt by restoring the Michael the Archangel window, which Marjorie's great grandfather, Michael Lintz had placed in the original stone church. He supported the Sisters of the Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, where his sisters attended school.

Later in life he was fortunate to have the company of his good friend, Charlene Peddicord, to travel with in his motorhome and on the Kaw Valley Bank trips.

John loved being a farmer and a rancher. His experiences in the agricultural world spanned the era of working with mules to John building ponds with a huge tractor affectionally nicknamed Maude. From harnessing a team of horses to work the ground, he lived to see his sons planting corn with satellite assistance.

John is survived by his children: Ellen Hargrave (Leo), Laclede; Maureen Hinkin (Doug), Manhattan; Teresa Knechtel (Mike), Olathe; Tony White (Cathy) , Laclede; Michael White (Ann), Laclede; Mary Beth White, Laclede; Christine Wolf (Kurt), Salina; Paul White (Karen), Laclede. John has 18 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 5, 2021, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Laclede Cemetery. Con-celebrants will be Father Mike Peterson and Father James White, S.J. An honorary celebrant is Father Bob White, S.J. currently serving in Nairobi, Kenya. A rosary will be recited before the funeral mass at St. Bernard's. John will lie in state Thursday, March 4, from 1pm to 8pm at Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored with memorial contributions to: The Good Shepherd Homecare and Hospice of Manhattan, or the Wamego High School Vocational Agriculture Program, and may be sent in care of Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 48, Wamego, 66547. Online condolences may be left at www.campanellastewart.com.

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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2021.
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March 4, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire White family as you remember and honor your father, father-in-law, grandfather, and loved one. May you find peace and comfort in your many happy memories.
Tony and Connie Pizzuti
Friend
March 4, 2021
One of many great men from Laclede. I always respected and admired John. May you rest in peace as we all will miss you.
Gordon Worthing
Neighbor
March 4, 2021
To the White Family: John had a remarkable life. I enjoyed watching the video. Well done and good music. I especially enjoyed seeing the picture with John and his granddaughter Katelyn Hinkin. Katelyn was our star player on an all boys + Katelyn 7th grade basketball team I helped coach during 1998. The boys welcomed Katelyn since she was 5'7" at the time and made the starting lineup. I also remember the conversations I had with John when he would drop by our office unannounced. We usually talked about Katelyn and I know he was mighty proud of her and all his family. May he rest in peace.
Larry Weigel
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March 4, 2021
Uncle John was such a generous host for so many family gatherings. I am sure that he will be dearly missed. My thoughts are with you.
Cindy Lintz
March 3, 2021
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March 2, 2021
My mentor and friend I have the utmost respect and admiration for him his calming advice his smile and laughter lifted me up when I was a young man I am a better man Because of John
Steve Bouziden
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March 2, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the White family.
Rebecca Line Arseneau
March 2, 2021
Mary Beth and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this time of grief. Denise
Denise Brazier Thornton
Acquaintance
March 1, 2021
Paul: My sympathy and thoughts are with you and your family.
Lori Schmidt Montgomery
March 1, 2021
Vicki and I had the great fortune of meeting ''Big Papa'' at Rebecca's and Mike Knechtel's wedding shower. His true colors were quite apparent from the moment we met him. We felt rather special of having the privilege of getting to know the person, John White. Through the years we had more occasions for additional good conversations filled with his interesting stories.
Our sincere condolences go out to all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. God has summoned a great, iconic man to Him and we know that his family will never forget him.
John and Vicki Baines
Friend
March 1, 2021
Prayers and sympathy to the the White family❤
Terry and Tina Callender
March 1, 2021
My prayers go out to the family.
Roberta Flinn Schilling
February 28, 2021
Prayers ,and sympathy to the White family for your great loss. I'm sure of many great memories of a great man and father. He has left quite a legacy.
Mike Deweese
Friend
February 28, 2021
John, I have many memories of you & Margie, your home, the barn dances, the gracious welcome you made us feel--Thank you and may your soul rest in peace! Larry Hesse
Larry Hesse
Friend
February 28, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the White families.
John McGranahan
Acquaintance
February 27, 2021
I am sorry that you lost your dad, grandfather, and great grandfather. I’ll always remember him with a smile on his face. May you have joy in your memories of him.
Kathy Bahner Douglas
Friend
February 27, 2021
Our deepest sympathy. ❤
Mike and Joyce Dendurent
Friend
February 26, 2021
Sweet blessings to all of you. So sorry but yet we all know it’s inevitable. My father, Harold Flanary thought so highly of John. I know my Dad did not go fishing on his property without taking multiple treats from “Chubb’s” on Main Street. Savory and sweet, Those were the days! xox
Janice Flanary
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