Jim White, 71

Jim (James) W. White, a resident of the Nimrod-Sebeka area died at the St. Cloud Hospital, Jan. 26, 2012, after a fall in his home.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ inWadena, MN.  This will be preceded by an hour of visiting with friends and relatives beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Jim was born July 2, 1940, in St. Cloud, to Florence (Porwoll) and Wayne White. After graduation from St. Cloud Cathedral and St. John’s University he served the spiritual needs of people in Central Minnesota for about six years. He married JoAnn Terhaar June 12, 1970, in Appleton, Wis. After living in Wisconsin and Iowa they returned to Minnesota where they opened an H&R Block office in Wadena in 1974 and ran it and a small investment business until it was sold in 2003. He continued to work for the new owner. He was a member of the Wadena Parks Board for 31 years and was chair for 27 of those years. He also served on the Old Wadena Park Board. If you’ve been able to follow his Caring Bridge site you realize how many lives he touched. At Terhaar gatherings he was known as the great hugger. Jim loved trips, especially road trips. He seldom flew to a destination, but loved the journey most of all. He would read out loud after breakfast from some stimulating book and then spend time discussing it with his wife. Activities he enjoyed were walking, 5 miles a day before he contracted Parkinson’s 12 years ago; mowing his huge lawn, and he discovered Wii bowling in later life. One very dry summer recently after he’d gained some weight, his doctor suggested he suffered from ‘drought induced lack of exercise.’ No one could stifle a sneeze like Jim could. It almost seemed like he would explode. Recently one of his favorite ‘activities’ was sleeping in front of television sports. His favorite home cooked food was chili, especially JoAnn’s, and at restaurants he would order BBQ ribs or liver. A Saturday evening movie at home needed a huge bowl of popcorn – popped to perfection in an old, heavy pressure cooker. He enjoyed taking sunrise and sunset pictures from their home overlooking the Crow Wing River.

Jim is survived by his wife of 41-1/2 years, JoAnn; sister Dianne (Gary) Telega; brother Bill White of Nimrod; brother Bob (Darla) White of Monroe Township, New Jersey; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Wayne in January of 2004 and his mother, Florence White, in November of 2011.