James Edward White, 68, of Ithaca, NY passed away peacefully at home with his family Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019.
James was born on June 30, 1951, in Ithaca, NY. He graduated from Newfield Central in Newfield, NY, in 1970. He married Catherine Barnes, his high school sweetheart, in 1972. James served in the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1972 as an airplane mechanic. After the military, James spent the remainder of his career at Challenge Industries in Ithaca, NY, and then settled into retirement as a gatekeeper at Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY, as well as driving for Ithaca Airline Limousine in Ithaca, NY. James loved spending his free time with his family, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, fishing on his boat, and helping his wife with craft shows.
James is survived by his wife, Catherine White of Ithaca, NY; his children Tammy (Jason) Oksa, Brian (Kristy) White, and Amanda (Anthony) Walrad; his siblings Robert White, Mary Anne (George) Schmelzer, R. John Lorer, Mona Lorer, and Joanne (Robert) Holford; and his grandchildren, Anthony White, Seamus Oksa, and Arik Oksa. He is preceded in death by his parents, George White and Mary Louise Beckly White of Newfield, New York, and his siblings John White, Mary White, and Tommy White.
A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. with a reception to immediately follow Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Trumbulls Corners Community Church, 628 Trumbulls Corners Rd., Newfield, NY 14867. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Pastor Ford and Pastor Larkin will officiate the ceremony.
Condolences may be sent to Trumbulls Corners Community Church, 628 Trumbulls Corners Rd, Newfield, NY 14867 (please include instructions on deliveries to call 607-564-9994).