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Donald "Don" L. White

June 26, 1931 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Donald "Don" White Obituary

Donald “Don” L. White Sr., 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 3 in Galesburg, IL. 

Don was born June 26, 1931, in Lewistown, IL to John W. White and Catherine Wilson-White-Wilson. Don was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Joanne Gallinger, Pat (Ron) Johnson, Larry (Betty) White; and wife: Colleen.

Don is survived by his five children: Sandy (Don) Farwell of Farmington, Donald L. White Jr. of Peoria, Debbie (Vic) Kraft of Peoria, Patty (John) Graves of Pekin, and Cathy (Rodney) Stum of Cuba, IL.; his seven grandchildren Sha Dray, Christine White, Angela White, Donald L. White III, Nic (Crystal) Rowe, Megan Rowe, and Bret (Devin) Rowe; his eight great grandchildren; and by a very special love of his life: Linda Bandle. Our family is deeply grateful for the love and companionship Linda provided our father.

During his lifetime, Don attended school in Lewistown IL and is a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War. He worked in and owned and operated various bars in Illinois and California. Don enjoyed detailing cars and was a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He had an uncanny ability to recite little known facts about Cardinal history. Other hobbies included playing pool, bowling, and in earlier years he loved driving trips across the U.S. He made the trip between California and Illinois many times and had many interesting stories from his adventures. He will be fondly remembered as a fun-loving outstanding joke teller and sharply dressed professional bartender.

Cremation rites will be accorded, and Don will be laid to rest in a private graveside ceremony in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, IL at a date to be determined. We will miss our father and know he is probably telling jokes in heaven and catching up with those who passed before him. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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