John K. White
1935 - 2020
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John K. White
June 3, 1935 - Oct. 20, 2020
John White, who taught in Portland Public Schools for three decades then spent nearly as long as a community volunteer based in Milwaukie, died Oct. 20, 2020 in Portland.
John Kennedy White was born June 3, 1935 to Percy and Agnes White. He attended Kennedy School – now a McMenamins property – which was named for his grandfather. He graduated from Central Catholic High and the University of Portland.
In addition to his three decades as an elementary teacher at Highland, Boise, Vernon and other Portland schools, he taught military employees' children on Okinawa and in Germany and Italy.
He was a member of the Milwaukie Elks, where he spent many happy evenings ballroom dancing with friends. He won a statewide award for Viennese Waltz and was a longtime member of the Laurelhurst Dance Club.
He was active at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where he was known as a "master greeter" and tried to know everyone by name. He taught confirmation classes at Holy Rosary Catholic Church for more than 15 years.
Among the many groups he volunteered for: Meals on Wheels, St. Vincent de Paul and Portland Community College. John loved to travel, particularly when it involved hiking, skiing or mountain climbing.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sheila White Abish.
John is survived by his brother, Bernie and Bernie's wife, Linda of Ames, Iowa; his niece, Betsy Hammond of Portland and her family; and his nephew, Greg White of Boulder and his family.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Church, 10956 S.E. 25th Ave., in Milwaukie. Memorial contributions to St. John the Baptist Church. More information at
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Published in The Oregonian from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2020.
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October 28, 2020
HIs smile was contagious, and he was a gentleman.
Melissa & Dennis Darby
October 27, 2020
We will miss you dearly & remember your friendship. RIP John
Sandy Friberg
October 27, 2020
To know you is to have a wonderful re~education, one that will be with me forever.
Marie Clark Bassett
October 26, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Thank you for all of the laughs but mostly your friendship. We will never forget you.
Julie Hoppel
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