Jack was born February 4, 1929 in Newton, Iowa, the son of Jim and Goldie White. He grew up and attended school in Houston and Cabool, Missouri.
Jack was one of six children. His three brothers, Cecil, Keith, Gary, and two sisters, Freda and Gloria, all preceded him on the journey home to Heaven.
Jack proposed to Joan Young of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, on their second date and were married April 14, 1951 and enjoyed 63 wonderful years together.
He is survived by his wife, Joan White, and son Marcus White of Springfield.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, where he earned the rank of staff sergeant.
Jack loved sports and played basketball for his school and U.S. Air Force teams. Jack had a passion for the outdoors especially fishing and camping as well as golf. He was a member and president of the Southwest District Square Dance Association in the 1970s. He retired from Kraft Foods in 1987 after 31 years of service.
Jack was a loving husband and father with a great sense of humor, who was a friend to all and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be missed by his loving family and many friends whose lives he has blessed.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte in Springfield with a graveside service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in honor of Jack to the Sherman House in care of The Arc of the Ozarks, 1501 East Pythian, Springfield, MO 65802.