American Patriotic 11

James F. White

October 28, 1918 ~ August 26, 2020 (age 101)


James F. White passed away August 26, 2020 after an extended battle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He met these challenges with the same determination he exhibited throughout his 101 years on this earth, including orphanhood, the Great Depression, and the European theater of World War II. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He had an abundant love for his wife, Vivian, two sons and extended family. His innate intelligence, love of a good challenge and overwhelming positive, resilient attitude served him well in life and his business career.  Jim was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, nee Adkins, son Dr. James R. White, and grandson Peter. He is survived by his son Ron (Sue), daughter in law Bobbie, grandchildren Brian (Katie), Cheryl (Don), Joe (Katherine), Shelly (Dave), Rob (Karen), Tami (Curt) as well as numerous great grandchildren and a great great grandchild. He graduated from Creston High School where he met the love of his life, Vivian Adkins, to whom he was married for over 73 years. When World War II began, Jim joined the US Army serving in the European theater with the 158th Field Artillery. He achieved the rank of First Sergeant and proudly served his country from Sept 9, 1942 to Dec 3, 1945. In 1968, his entrepreneurial spirit led him and his wife to start Auto Body Supply Company, which would become the present day Finishmaster, Inc., where he had roles as President, board member and Chairman. The company has grown to over 180 locations in 33 states, 1600 team members and five distribution centers.  Jim was a member at Cascade Hills Country Club for over 30 years and enjoyed playing golf with his wife, family, and friends. He had two holes in one, won the President’s Cup, and won a member guest tournament with his son Ron. Most of all, Jim will be remembered for his larger than life personality and “never give up, never give in” philosophy, which was an inspiration to his children, grandchildren, and co-workers.  He was a true representative of the greatest generation. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Holland Home BEC and Faith Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. These are truly amazing people who make a difference every day.

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