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H. Gene White
H. Gene White

HAMILTON - Harold Gene White, 85, of Hamilton, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2008, at Discovery Care Center of natural causes.

He was born Aug. 31, 1922, near Willow Creek in Corvallis to Clyde Eugene White and Brennice A. Griggs White. He attended Corvallis Elementary School and Hamilton High School. After graduation, Gene joined the Army and served on an artillery crew in New Guinea and the Philippines. He also served with the occupational forces in Japan. During the Korean War he was recalled to train troops at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash.

In 1947 he married Erma Heintz in Hamilton. They were married nearly 32 years when Erma passed away in 1979. In 1981, he married Carol Kunkel. Carol passed away in 1998. In 2005, he married Donna Haley.

Gene enjoyed bowling and fishing and was a lifelong member of The Eagles. He was patriotic and proud of his military service. In his retirement years he enjoyed yard work and was generous with his time, often mowing lawns for his neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Thelma; brothers Kenneth and Leslie, and his wife Erma and his second wife Carol.

Survivors include his wife Donna of Hamilton; sister Delores Hersman of Libby; son Dan White and his wife Vicki of Hamilton, their children Nick White of Bethel, Alaska, and Allison White Brunson and her husband Geoff of Bothell, Wash.; daughter Debra Wilson and her husband Tom and their children Tim and John Wilson of Corvallis, and their daughter Amber Bear and her husband John of Fort Bragg, N.C.; great-grandchildren Tommy and Zoe Wilson of Corvallis; stepchildren, Jon of Virginia, Larry of Minnesota, James of Arizona, John Jr. of Montana, Gregg of Michigan, Suzanne of Minnesota, Cathy of Arizona and Jodi of Texas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren from his marriages to Carol and Donna and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10 at Faith Lutheran Church, 171 Lewis Lane in Hamilton with Pastor Greg Karlsgodt officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Hamilton American Legion and the Marine Corps League - Bitterroot Detachment. There will be a reception at the Church following the memorial service. Private family interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.

The family suggests memorials to the Bitterroot Humane Association or a charity of the donor's choice.

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