Bill White, a beloved husband, father, and pillar of the Devon, Montana community, passed away on October 27, 2023, at the age of 94. He was born on July 5, 1929, to Homer and Claire White, and throughout his life, he exhibited an unwavering commitment to his family, his farm, and his community.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Homer and Claire White, his daughters, Patricia and Marilyn, his sisters, Mina and Eileen, his brother, Sam, and his grandson, Brenden. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 73 years, Joan Rensmon, his children, Linda (Lee), Allen, Dale (Teri), Tim (Beth Anne), Christine (Dave), Jennifer (Neil), and Lisa (Mike), His brother, Bob White, and his sisters, Jeanne Doyle, and Marian Hinds. His memory lives on through numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill dedicated his life to farming, working tirelessly on the family farm in Devon, Montana, where he cultivated not only the land but also lasting friendships within the community. His passion for agriculture and commitment to the land earned him the "Outstanding Farmer of the Year" award in 1963, a testament to his hard work and dedication.
Aside from his dedication to farming, Bill was an enthusiastic golfer, finding solace and joy on the green. His love for the game was evident to all who knew him. Additionally, his green thumb was renowned, and his gardening skills were a source of pride, nurturing vibrant gardens that brought beauty to his surroundings.
Bill's life was not only defined by his dedication to farming, golfing, and gardening but also by his passion for bowling. He was an avid bowler who found joy and camaraderie in the sport. Among his many impressive feats, one particular achievement stood out: he once bowled a remarkable 299, coming incredibly close to a perfect game. The memory of that unforgettable day was preserved in the one pin he missed on the last frame. That solitary pin, the mark of his incredible skill and his enduring love for the game, has held a special place in his home to this day, a cherished reminder of his remarkable talent and the joy he found in the lanes.
Bill's affection for his grandchildren was immeasurable. He found immense joy in their company, cherishing moments spent with them and relishing the opportunity to share stories and impart wisdom gained over his rich and eventful life.
A patriot at heart, Bill served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952, spending a significant period in Korea in 1950. His service to his country reflected his commitment to duty and honor.
Bill White will be fondly remembered for his unwavering work ethic, his love for his family, and his dedication to his community. His legacy lives on through the memories he created and the values he instilled in all who had the privilege of knowing him. His presence in the lives of those who loved him dearly will be deeply missed.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Devon Lutheran Church on Thursday, November 2nd at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Devon Lutheran Church or Benefis Peace Hospice House as a tribute to Bill's life and values.
Rest in peace, Bill. You will forever reside in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known you.