In Memory of




Obituary for Kenneth Thomas White

– Kenneth T. White, 90, of Independence, IA died Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Prarie Hills Assisted Living Center in Independence, IA.

He was born on January 19, 1928 in Salem, IA the son of Roy and Ruth (Sampson) White. He was raised on the family farm in rural Salem, IA and attended Elementary School in Salem, IA and was a 1946 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. He married his High School Sweet Heart, Mary Ellen Morehouse in November of 1949 in Swedesburg, IA. They made their home in Independence, IA, where Kenneth worked as a Surveyor for the Soil Conservation Service for many years. He later worked as a Drainage Engineer for Mason City Brick & Tile Co. and Diller Tile Co. out of Illinois. He enjoyed volunteering and was an active member of the Independence Jaycees and of the Wapsipinicon Golf Club.

Kenneth loved to spend time outdoors. In his younger years he would go camping with his friends often. Later in life he and Mary loved to travel throughout the United States in their motorhome and they spent the Iowa winters living in Bullhead City, AZ. But most of all he loved socializing, having parties, playing cards, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Mary E. White, Independence, IA, a son Gary (Nancy) White, Independence, IA, a daughter; Connie (Keith) Kemp, Guyton, GA, two grandchildren; Emil Kemp, Savannah, GA, and Leisel (Dave) Weatherford, Savannah GA, a great grandchild, Danielle Weatherford, and many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ruth White, his six siblings; Donald White, Enid Burkey, Harold White, Eleanor Breazeale, Leonard White, and Joyce Gray, and two grandchildren; Jason and Roger Kemp.

A Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held from 11 AM until 2 PM on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in The Reiff Family Center Community Room, 216 3rd Ave SE, Independence, IA.