Robert W. White, 80, of Deersville, died July 11, 2014 at Union Hospital in Dover after a brief illness.
Born June 28, 1934 in St. Clairsville to the late Robert Lowell and Dorothy (Gray) White, Mr. White was a resident of Deersville since 2003, having previously resided in Lakewood and Streetsboro.
He spent more than 50 years in public service as a Streetsboro township trustee, City Councilman, Council president, mayor and safety director as the community grew. He also served as Streetsboro Fair Board president, helped found Streetsboro Historical Society and was a member of the Community Improvement Corp. and Lions Club. Mr. White was an involved member of Streetsboro United Methodist Church, participating in the Men's Club and building committee and acting as a lay leader.
Following his graduation from Dover High School in 1952, he attended Fenn College in Cleveland. He began a long career in manufacturing at the former Warner & Swasey/Gradall corporate office in Cleveland, eventually retiring as the vice president of Summit Grinding and Machine Co. in Mogadore.
After retiring to Deersville, Mr. White continued in public service as village Councilman, mayor and organizer behind the village's bicentennial celebration.
In the late 1970s, the Whites owned and operated the Corner Store in Deersville.
His hobbies included working on crossword puzzles, writing poetry, crafting walking sticks and birdhouse and enjoying good cigars. In both Deersville and Streetsboro, he brought joy to children by being "Santa."
On Dec. 24, 1952, Mr. White married the former Donna L. Bailey who survives him at their home.
In addition to his wife, Mr. White is survived by his three children, Robert Kelly (Elaine) White of Junction City, Shannon (Ron Bolek) White of Kent and Erin (Mike Lauer) White of Streetsboro; grandchildren Michael Broska, Lindsey (Adam Cline) Broska, Carrie (Derek) Kolligian and Rhiannon White; great-grandson Noah Cline; several sisters- and brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Cora Jane (Coulter) Daniels, and an infant brother, William White.
In accordance with Bob's wishes, he has been cremated without a public visitation.
Cremation has taken place, and interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
A celebration of his life is planned for a later date in Deersville.