Francis H. â€œBudâ€ White, 87, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by the love of his family following a courageous fight against a brain tumor. Though his body lost the battle, his spirit triumphed over all.
He was born Aug. 22, 1922, the son of Edward and Susan (Schmal) White in Maple Park.
Bud grew up in Maple Park but moved to Beith Road before he started school at S.S. Peter & Paul Grade School in Virgil.
As most young men of his generation, he went to work as soon as he finished eighth grade. Bud was no different. He started hauling milk at the age of 15 and would continue for the next 37 years.
Bud and Lorraine Pobstman each had a friend that set them up on a date at the free movies in Maple Park. They sat on a plank and not only watched a movie, but watched their lives intertwine off screen for the next two years before they were united in marriage at St. Maryâ€™s in Maple Park on May 4, 1946.
They began their new life together on the family farm on Keslinger Road before making their home seven years later on Kansas Street in Elburn. Many years later, the walls are filled with pictures and the air thick with memories of a growing family, a hard-working father and a loving husband.
Bud was a dairy man through and through and knew from a very young age the type of hard work, dedication and long days it took to make it work. He farmed with his brother for a time before working for two companies, Western United and Certified Grocers Inc., hauling milk from local farmers to the respective processing plants for 37 years.
Bud was a longtime member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, Aurora Moose and a lifetime member, honorary board member and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award of the Elburn Lions Club.
Bud was a â€œcertified corn shuckerâ€ and helped in the donation of eye glasses for the Elburn Lions Club, but his favorite times came when the â€œCancer Kidsâ€ weekend came about and he got to work with all the kids.
Over the years, Bud grew a collection of toy tractors that he used as a farmer, beer steinsâ€”a celebration of his heritage, and had them all proudly displayed in his home.
When Bud and Lorraine went out, they made sure to have shrimp at Red Lobster, though if asked he said he could live on candy alone. Alaskan cruises topped the list of favorite destinations, along with trips to Europe, Hawaii, dozens of bus trips around the country and memories of the fun had along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Bud also loved to play 31 for nickels with friends and family. These and thousands more will be the legacy he leaves to his friends and family, especially his grandson, who will not soon forget him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine; one daughter, Mary Frances (Edwin) Sherwood and their son William of Lake Charles, La.; one sister, Leona Thompson of Waterman, Ill.; two brothers, Robert (Beverly) White of Indio, Calif. and Arthur White of Waterman, Ill.; several nieces and nephews and a family of friends.
He now joins his parents, his brother, Charles, and his sister, Betty Moore, who preceded him in death.
Visitation and wake service was Friday, Sept. 4, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate his life was held Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, with interment following at S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Virgil.
A memorial has been established in Budâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the â€œ Francis â€˜Budâ€™ Whiteâ€ memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.