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Frank Edmund White JR.

November 2, 2021

Frank Edmund White JR. passed away November 2, 2021, in Hesston, Kansas.

He was born on April 27, 1943, in Corpus Christi, Texas, the son of Frank Edmund Sr. and Treva (Sartin) White.

Frank grew up on a dairy farm in Cedar Vale and as he always said “we kids were the hired hands until we left for college.” His interest in farming never left him thought and one interest in the last few years has been tractor auctions on RFD TV. He worked his way thru college and law school at Fleming Foods in Topeka. Frank would get an interest in something and then pursue it until he knew all about it.

In 1966 rank entered the US Navy. After boot camp he was assigned to the Coral Sea CVA-43 (an aircraft carrier) which was stationed off the coast of Vietnam on Yankee Station. He advanced quickly in rank doing various tasks in X division and was a 2nd class petty officer on discharge in 1970. He received the following medals: National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service medal (5 campaigns), and the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal (Korea). The Coral Sea was in the Sea of Japan when the Pueblo ship was seized. Prior to returning to the US in 1970 the Coral Sea made a good will visit to Australia. Frank was proud to serve in the Navy.

Following Graduation from law school and passing the bar exam, Frank practiced law in Kansas in Leavenworth and then Sedan. He was the county attorney in Chatauqua County for 11 years. In 1991, he moved to Wichita and assumed duties as an assistant district attorney until retirement in 2008.

Frank & Linda moved to Schowalter Villa in Hesston’s independent living in June 2008. They enjoyed traveling by car, motorcycles and with the travel trailer for 8 years until medical issues interfered. Interests included bluegrass festivals, roller coasters, reading and music. Frank was an avid reader and had a good memory of what he read and loved to share that knowledge. Sometimes passionately in “lawyer voice.”

Frank is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Frank White (Natasha) of McPherson KS, Sean White (Wenda) of Aiken SC, Rick Horton (Patti) of Bixby OK; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Siblings, Rob White (Peggy) of Wolfe City TX, Cheryl Raborn of Junction City KS and 3 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother-in-law Pat Petitte and Glen Raborn and former wife, Donna. He will be missed beyond measure.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church in Valley Center, 560 N. Park Ave., Valley Center, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to Good Samaritan at Schowalter Vila or the First United Methodist Church in Valley Center in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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10 thoughts on “Frank Edmund White JR.

  1. My condolences to the family. Frank and I practiced together for many years in the DA’s office. He was an excellent trial lawyer who projected the highest degree of standards and morals. We shared a passion for motorcycles. He is the reason I now own two Moto Guzzis. A great man and friend.

  2. My deepest condolences to the family. I know Frank from the DA’s office and first met him when I was a young attorney, he was a great lawyer and a great man. As a fellow veteran of Navy, we would share stories about our experiences. Godspeed, Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

  3. Fair winds and following seas sailor.
    “Boatswain… Standby to pipe the side… Shipmate’s going Ashore…”

    Thank you Frank for your service to this nation. U.S. Navy.

  4. I had the pleasure of working with Frank in the DA’s office. For most of his time there, he was right next door. He was simply one of the finest people I have ever known. He taught me a lot about living life to the fullest. He loved to learn, travel and experience new things. He was kind, compassionate and fair to everyone. Goodbye dear friend.

  5. Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting and hearing stories from Frank. He will be greatly missed.

  6. Frank gave me my first “real” job right out of high school. He hired me as his legal secretary in the early 80’s primarily because we both had Betty Travis as our English teacher at CVH. For those fortunate enough to have had Mrs. Travis as their teacher, you understand Frank’s reasoning. I can attest to Frank’s desire to excel in his profession and hobbies (as I recall the metal detector and Moto Guzzi motorcycle days), but also the deep love he had for his family. My deepest sympathies.

  7. My sincere sympathy to the family of Frank. He was unique! We became friends while taking a summer school class at Washburn in 1962. We had a lot of fun that summer and have managed to stay in loose contact through the years. We shared many of the same interests but did not pursue them together due to location of our homes.

  8. Sean and the White family – you remain in our prayers as you walk through the loss of your father. May fond memories of your time with him fill your hearts both now and in the years to come.

  9. Linda & family, we had the extreme pleasure of knowing your Frank. He was truly one in a million. It was impossible to be around him and not laugh and make memories. He will Always have a Very Special place in all our hearts. We are so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a remarkable man and he will be truly missed. ALWAYS in our hearts and on our minds. Chuck. Judy & Chuckie Moorehead 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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