Robert E. “Bob” White passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.
He was born on May 1, 1924, to Robert “Bud” White and Oleta Walker White in the hospital at Bearcreek. They lived on a farm outside of Joliet at the time. At age 5, the family moved to Red Lodge, where Bob went to school and began working in the mountains and sawmill at an early age. He was fascinated by trucks and was soon driving anything that anyone would let him drive. He loved the Beartooth Mountains all of his life.
During WWII, he was in the Pacific Theater. He spent most of his time in New Guinea. After WWII, he returned to Red Lodge and the mountains. In 1948, he started work with Consolidated Freightways in Billings. He and Anita Cecil Franklin were married on May 21, 1949. Bob worked for Consolidated Freightways for 38 years. He started working on the dock, became foreman and ultimately terminal manager in Billings. He retired in 1986. The family spent many vacations and weekends camping, fishing and hunting in the Beartooth Mountains.
In 1979, Bob and Anita bought a lot just outside Cooke City. Over the next five years, the family built a cabin where the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are delighted to come and enjoy the pleasures of the mountains.
After retirement, Bob and Anita lived in Lincoln City, Ore., and Cooke City. After leaving Lincoln City, they lived in Payson, Ariz.; Mesa, Ariz.; and Greeley Colo., before returning in 2013 to Billings.
Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anita Franklin White; a brother, Jim White of Salt Lake City; and sisters Grace Landon of Billings and Beth Mehring of Post Falls, Idaho. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Cora Whorley of Butte and Robena Laughney of Red Lodge; a brother, William “Bill” White of Billings; and a son, Robert “Rob” White of Westminster, Colo. He is also survived by two sons, Richard “Rick” White of Peachtree Corners, Ga., and Calvin “Cal” White of Lolo; two daughters, Karen White Finnegan of Billings and Kathy White Ferguson of Westminster; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.