Robert W. White, 80, of Deersville, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014, at Union Hospital in Dover, after a brief illness. Born June 28, 1934 in St. Clairsville, Ohio, he was a son of the late Robert Lowell and Dorothy (Gray) White.
Bob was a resident of Deersville since 2003, having previously resided in Lakewood and Streetsboro, Ohio. Following his graduation from Dover High School in 1952, Bob attended Fenn College in Cleveland. He began his long career in manufacturing at the former Warner & Swasey/Gradall corporate office in Cleveland, eventually retiring as the Vice President of Summit Grinding and Machine Company in Mogadore. He spent over 50 years in public service as Streetsboro Township Trustee, City Councilman, Council President, Mayor, and Safety Director as the community grew. He was Streetsboro Fair Board President, Community Improvement Corporation and Lions Club member, Streetsboro Historical Society founder, member of Streetsboro United Methodist Church Men's Club, building committee member and lay leader. He was also co-owner of the Tribune-Gazette newspaper.
After retiring to Deersville, Bob continued his love of public service as councilman and mayor, most recently starting the organization of the village's bicentennial committee. In the late 1970's the Whites owned and operated the Corner Store in Deersville. His hobbies included working crossword puzzles, writing poetry, crafting walking sticks and birdhouse and enjoying good cigars. In Deersville and Streetsboro he brought joy to children by being "Santa".
On December 24, 1952, Bob married the former Donna L. Bailey who survives him at their home. He is also survived by their three children, Robert Kelly (Elaine) White of Junction City, Ohio, Shannon (Ron Bolek) White of Kent, Ohio and Erin (Mike Lauer) White of Streetsboro; grandchildren, Michael Broska, Lindsey (Adam Cline) Broska, Carrie (Derek) Kolligian and Rhiannon White; great-grandson, Noah Cline; several sisters- and brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Cora Jane (Coulter) Daniels, and an infant brother, William White.
In accordance with Bob's wishes, he has been cremated without a public visitation. He will be interred in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro. A celebration of his life is planned for a later date in Deersville. www.lindseyfh.com
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