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Harold Winfred White

1921 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Feb. 18, 1921- Dec. 28,2017

Harold ("Wink" or "Whitey") was born in Placentia, California, to Claude Lawnsdale White and Mary Janet (Solesbee) White. When he was four years old, the family moved to Campbell, Missouri. They returned to southern California in 1936, where he spent the remainder of his life.
He married his first love, Mildred Katherine Vance, who pre-deceased him. Two children were born to them: Harold Vance (Charlotte) White; and Janet Lou (Lonnie) Lovingier. In addition to his children, he is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Mary (Eiss) White; sister Betty Florence (Herschell) Mills; six grandchildren, ten great-grand- children, many nieces, nephews, and step-sons Raymond (Janet) Smith; David Smith; Paul (Janet) Smith; and Mark (Rosearma) Smith.
Whitey was an Air Force 452"d Bomb Wing (L) Veteran of WW II and 452"d Air Police Group SSG in Korea, a member of The American Legion LA Sheriffs Star Post 309, Shriners International, Men's Bible Study Group, and All Saints Church. As a member of AI Malaikah Silver Mounted Patrol, he rode his Missouri Fox Trotter, Boomerang, in the Rose Parade six times. In 1992-3, Whitey served a term on the San Diego County Grand Jury.
Whitey served with honor and duty during his 30 year career in the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, and retired as a captain. He served as a patrol officer, auto theft detective, fourteen years as a Homicide Investigator, and head of Reserve Forces Bureau.
He and Mary enjoyed their families and friends, and spent many years traveling, here and abroad. He wrote short stories, his autobiography, and a book about his career case, the insulin murders. Until last year, he cared for the dozens of rose bushes around his home, pool and street entrance. He also took care that our country's flag was properly displayed and respectfully honored.
At age 96, Whitey passed away peacefully at home with loved ones at his side. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, January 16th at 10:00 AM at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Avenue, Riverside. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Family will gather for his interment at 2:00PM at Riverside National Cemetery.
Whitey always admired the roses and trees along Victoria Avenue. He asked that donations be made in his name to Victoria Avenue Forever, PO Box 4152, Riverside, CA 92514. Web site: victoriaavenueforever.org. A man admired by all, he will be forever in our hearts.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 12, 2018
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