Van Marshall White
02/19/1935 – 12/08/2018
Obituary for Van Marshall White
Husband, Dad, Papa, friend, life of the party, Van Marshall White was many things to many people. He made his presence known in this world on February 19, 1935, to Marshall and Mallie Opal White and began his final rest on December 8, 2018.
As noted on his report card by his second grade teacher, “Van has problems sitting still and being quiet.” These are words he lived by as he was tirelessly active in Sedalia for more than six decades. From coaching his daughters’ softball teams to volunteering countless hours as a Shriner, Van made his community better in so many impactful ways. According to him, however, his greatest civic honor was playing “Taps” for hundreds of fellow Veterans since he was 16 years old.
Shirley, his sensible wife of 64 years, is credited with keeping him alive much longer than his daredevil stunts would’ve allowed him. All of his brave motorcycle passengers with exhaust burns on their legs from jumping ditches involuntarily on his bike can attest to this. Bringing home a pair of unicycles to teach his son how to ride, but really to instill a sense of adventure and mischief, captured the essence of his fearless personality.
A lifelong resident of Sedalia, Van graduated from Smith Cotton in 1953. He soon joined the Army in 1954 and retired from the National Guard as a Sergeant Major in 1981. His civilian career began with the railroad and he retired from the IBEW #124. However, he enjoyed his time best on the golf course, favorably adjusting his score.
Being involved as a Shriner, Master Mason and member of First Christian Church was near and dear to his heart. With his constant involvement in these organizations, Van left this earth never knowing a stranger.
Van patiently waits to be reunited with his wife, Shirley, daughters Cynthia Lyon (Dennis) and Tonya Borland (Matt), his son Byron White (Danielle), five grandchildren-Dana Crawford, Patrick Crawford, Julie Seiz, Cassandra White, and Aaron White, four great-grandchildren, and a nephew, John Anderson, who was more like a brother. He is excitedly greeted at Heaven’s gates not only by his parents, but also his beloved sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Sam Anderson.
Flowers are beautiful, but serve no purpose after they wither. Van would’ve wanted something more purposeful to honor him. To do so, the family strongly encourages donations to The Shriners Hospital, First Christian Church or The Veterans Home in Warrensburg. Van would’ve loved that good deeds are continuing after his time on earth.
Memorial Service will be held at First Christian Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17. The visitation will be held one hour before the service. Entombment will be held at the Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville at 2:00 p.m.
Arrangements under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia, Missouri.
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