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OBIT: Bruce White

Bruce White, 82, of Charles City, passed away Friday, October 21, 2022.

Bruce White, 82, of Charles City, passed away Friday, October 21, 2022.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bruce White will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City with Reverend Tom Heathershaw celebrating the Mass. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Charles City.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home in Charles City and will continue one hour before the funeral Mass at the church on Wednesday.

Bruce B White, the son of Matthew and Eva (Guhlow) White, was born on August 1, 1940 in rural Horton, Iowa. He graduated from Charles City High School in 1958. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was active for four years during the Vietnam War serving on the USS Rogers as a Machinist’s Mate II. He later served in the Navy Reserve for two additional years. Bruce worked for Salsbury Chemicals (Cambrex) for 43 years, until his retirement in 2005.

Bruce was united in marriage to Sherry Vankleeck in 1964 and to this union two children were born, Shain and Rashelle “Shelley”. The couple later divorced. On May 22, 1982, Bruce married Carman, bringing two additional children into the family, Darin and Dustin Crooks.

Bruce was a very patriotic man and served his community in many different roles. He was very instrumental in forming the Floyd County Veterans Memorial. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3914 and was awarded a certificate in 2021 for his 44 years of continuous membership. During his time with the VFW, he was a commander, service officer, and a district service officer. He was also a member of the State DAV Commanders Club, Charles City Patriotic Committee, Knights of Columbus, Elks, and lifetime member of the American Legion. He was a member of the Honor Squad, presenting at many veteran funerals for 40 plus years. Bruce received his Floyd County Quilt of Valor on February 13, 2021.

Bruce volunteered at the Chautauqua Guest Homes for many years delivering Christmas packages, delivered for meals on wheels, and was a volunteer driver for the VA. He also served on the board of directors for the Family Community Credit Union from 1983 – 1995. Bruce loved to have fun with his friends and family. In their early years of marriage, Bruce and Carman would spend many weekends dancing at the VFW or Club Iowa. Most mornings, he enjoyed having coffee and playing cards with his buddies at Tom’s Tavern until their closing, then the group went to the Comet Bowl, and later he joined a coffee group at the KC Hall. Bruce enjoyed fishing and taking annual trips to fish in Canada. Bruce’s greatest joy in life was his grandchildren. He loved joking, playing around, and making them laugh hysterically. He supported all of their activities and every other aspect of their lives.

Living family members include his wife of 40 years, Carman; son, Shain (Renee) White of Charles City; daughter, Shelley White of Lakewood, Colorado; stepsons: Darin Crooks of Charles City and Dustin (Christie) Crooks of Charles City; sister, Laurel (Ron) Heller of New Hampton; brother-in-law, Francis Weisenstein of Waverly; sister-in-law, Mary White of Charles City; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Gilman (Donna) White, Juanita (Bill) Mehmen, Cleo Weisenstein, Arthur White, and Stanley White; and grandson, Matthew White.

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