John James "J.J." White II, 76, of North Vernon died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018, at his residence.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Mr. White, a veteran of the U.S. Army, graduated from Rockford East High School in Rockford, Illinois in 1959 and later graduated as valedictorian from the Virginia Military Institute in 1963 where he was also a member of the football, swim, and wrestling teams. He then graduated from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois with a Master's Degree in science chemistry and from the University of Michigan with a Master's Degree in business. Mr. White worked as the executive director of Product Planning for Cummins Engine Company for 30 years before retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Museum of the Rockies, the American Legion, the V.F.W., The Society of Automotive Engineering, and Columbus Adult Recreation as well as a former member of the Columbus Sports Car Club. He enjoyed playing hockey and indoor and outdoor soccer.
Born February 8, 1941, in Bozeman, Montana, Mr. White was the son of Allen Thomas "Tom" and Bernice "Babe" Brandon White. He married Marsha Smiley June 7, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada and she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Kevin White of Nashville; daughter, Allison (James) Risch of Amity; sister, Tracy (Dr. Greg) Messina of Rockford, Illinois; grandchild, Chelsea Tanner of Amity; and mother of his children, Carolyn Pitt of Bonita Springs, Florida.
Mr. White was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Allen Brandon White.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Museum of the Rockies or to the American Cancer Society.