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William Alvin White

William Alvin White, age 81 of of Cokato, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005 at Cokato Manor.

He was born June 18, 1924 in Ireton, Iowa, the son of Alvin and Opal (Davis) White. He was the youngest child, and the only son, born to a family of six girls: Ellen, Madge, Margaret, Ruth, Velda, and Amber.

Bill attended school in Ireton, graduating from Ireton High School May 22, 1941.

He joined the US Navy May 22, 1943, serving on a Naval ship in the Pacific Ocean until the time of his honorable discharge Jan. 12, 1946.

Bill was joined in marriage to Carmen Mary Pierce. To that union were born seven children: Cindy, Billy, Tim, Nannette, Kristy, Melody, and Jeffrey.

Bill owned and operated a service station in Woonsocket, S.D. for many years.

After Bill and Carmen divorced in 1973, Bill came to live in Cokato to be near his sister, Velda Wynia. He was employed at Richwell Furniture in Cokato.

After developing kidney disease, Bill required kidney dialysis three times a week for many years. As his health deteriorated, he was admitted into the care of Cokato Manor nursing home.

Bill liked to play cards, and enjoyed his visits with staff, friends, and family. He was an avid sports fan, often watching baseballl, football, and basketball games on television.

He was a member of the American Legion Post of Howard Lake.

Bill is survived by his children: Cindy Boardman of Arizona, Tim (Regina) White of Kenosha, Wis., Nannette Ehrk and Melody (Whitey) Oebser of Menomonie, Wis.; Kristy Mona of Huron S.D.; and Jeff White of Wisconsin; 15 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by his sister, Velda Wynia of Cokato, and her three children, Harold (Elsie) Wynia of Roseville, Larry (Doris) Wynia of South Haven, and Julie (Dale) Burau of Howard Lake.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; five of his sisters; and his oldest son, Billy.

Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 16 at First Baptist Church of Cokato. Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Bill’s children served as honorary pallbearers.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.

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