Western Slope Obituaries 9-7-09
Claude E. White Jr., 86, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away August 23, 2009 at the Hospice Care Center.
He was born on March 27, 1923 in Las Animas, Colo., the only child of Leona Z. (Burns) and Claude E. White, Sr. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and DeMolay and graduated from Bent County High School in 1941. He enrolled in Colorado A. & M. College, (now CSU), where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
On December 8, 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps’ Cadet Program and reported for active duty in February 1943. He trained in St. Louis, Mo., Corpus Christi, Texas, Denver, Colo., Harlingen, Texas, Fresno, Calif., and Walla Walla, Wash. He served as an armorer/gunner on a B-24 with the 13th Army Air Corps in the South Pacific, flying on forty-two missions.
He returned to “Aggies” in 1946, graduating in 1948 with a BS in Wildlife Management. He began work with the Colorado Division of Wildlife in 1948, retiring as Principal Wildlife Biologist in 1980.
On July 17, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., Claude married Glenna Jean Schaum. (They celebrated their 66th anniversary this year.)
Claude was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Grand Junction. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, reading, gardening, bird watching, rock hunting, silversmithing and lapidary.
He is survived by his wife, Glenna of Grand Junction, Colo.; his children, Randall G. (Mary) of Mesa, Ariz., and Claudia Eileen of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren: Richard Glenn White (Lydia), of Hooper, Colo., Shannon Burke of Escondido, Calif., and Shawn Burke (Jenn) of Basalt, Colo., two step-grandchildren, Bianca Caglia of Mesa and Jeremiah Miller of Denver, Colo., one great-granddaughter, Taylor White of Hooper, and two step great-grandsons, Nicolas Caglia and Connor Olden of Mesa; a sister-in-law, Judie (Bob) Werschky of Colorado Springs, Colo., and their sons, David (Gretchen) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Scott (Mary) of Reno, Nev. and great nieces and nephews Erika Waggaman of Durango, Colo. and Breen, Leighton, and Eva Marie Werschky of Reno; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Alan, who died in a helicopter crash on June 10, 1976,
Services were held August 26, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church of Grand Junction, Colo. Memorial Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church’s Gaines Hall remodeling fund 522 White Avenue, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
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