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Richard “Dick” Leroy White


Richard “Dick” Leroy White, age 90, of Columbus, Kansas, passed away May 24, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. 

Richard was born to John and Leonel (Cunningham) White on May 27, 1931 in Newton County, Missouri.  During his life, Richard served our country for over 30 years in the US Navy. He was a Veteran of the Korean War. Continuing his life of service, he also worked as a Highway Patrolman for over 30 years and rode with the motorcycle unit when stationed at Junction City, Kansas. He also enjoyed training new recruits as they came on the highway patrol.  

Richard was active in the Masonic Lodge Mirza Shrine and Scottish Rite, VFW, American Legion, NRA, Kansas Peace Officer’s Association, and Lion’s Club.  He enjoyed farming, cattle, welding and his family.  He was a strong man who spoke his mind however he reached out and helped many.

He was united in marriage to Alice M. Wilson Oct. 1, 1952 in Huntsville, Arkansas. She survives of the home.  He graduated from Columbus High School with the class of 1949. He attended Pittsburg State University, and later Missouri Southern, taking criminal justice courses.

In addition to his wife Alice, Richard is survived by three daughters, Alyce Fortnoff of Canton, Ohio, Lora Brehe (husband Carl) of Holt Summit, Missouri, and Robin Adams (husband Dan) of Enid, Oklahoma; one sister Myrtle Stone of Long Beach, California, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Minnie White, and brothers John White and Ted White.

Cremation arrangements are being handled through Derfelt Funeral Home of Columbus, Kansas. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Derfelt Funeral Home. Sheriff David Groves will officiate.