Lee Allen White, 82, of Sabetha, KS, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 in his home after a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 8, 1932 in rural Richardson County (Honey Creek), the son of Orval and Hester White.
Lee graduated from Sabetha High School in 1951. He served in the military Btry B 84th FA Bn Mech. from 1953 to 1955.
He married Esther Ione Suhr, of Omaha, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Omaha on May 26, 1957. Since their marriage they lived on a farm two miles north of Sabetha. The farm has been honored as a Century Farm by Farm Bureau, and has been in the White family since 1895.
He attended First Lutheran of Sabetha. He served as Director for the Tri-State Lutheran Church Camp held at Sycamore Springs in the early 70’s. Lee served as charter members of the Albany Historical Society, as well as the organizer of the Threshing Bee for several years.
Lee was preceded in death by his wife, Esther White, on Feb. 19, 2014; his parents, Orval and Hester White, of Sabetha; brothers, Leon White, of California, Dale White, of Kansas City, MO, Ralph White, of Denver, and Lewis White, of Brownville, TX.
Survivors include his children, Tami (John) Rutten, of Bossier City, LA; Todd (Deloris) White, of Steinauer, Terylin (Alan) Keehn, of Wetmore, KS, Teresa (Curtis) Deckinger, of Sabetha, John White, of White Cloud, Jeff White, of Topeka, KS, Bill (Charleen) White, of Hiawatha, KS, and Joleen White, of Texas; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Sabetha. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, at Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. Interment will be at the Albany Cemetery, north of Sabetha. Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church in Sabetha, the Albany Historical Society or the Sabetha AA Chapter.