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John White

May 17, 2008
Daily News
FLORENCE, Wis. — John “Jack” White, 93, of Nashotah, Wis., long time resident of Spread Eagle, Wis., died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

He, lovingly known to family and friends as “Jack,” was born June 19, 1914, in Berwyn, Ill., son of the late Raymond and Ruth (Bennett) White.

John was a graduate of Michigan State University, and in 1960, he founded Jack White Ford, Inc. which was the largest Ford dealership in Wisconsin for many years. He was awarded Time magazine’s “Quality Dealer of the Year” award and was a member of the Ford Motor Company Dealer Council.

John has owned a residence in Spread Eagle, in Florence County since 1951.

He will be remembered for his generosity and kindness, his wonderful sense of humor, his love for family and friends.

John is survived by three sons, John (Paula) White of Oconomowoc, Richard (Lorraine) White of Jackson, La., Tom (Mary Jo) White of Milwaukee; two daughters, Mary Steele and Jean White, both of Aiken, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy J. White; brother, Thomas White; three sisters, Christine Erlicher, Winnifred McMahon, Jean Mitchell; one sister-in-law, Ruth Gober, and one brother-in-law, John Ryan Jr.

Friends may call Thursday, May 22, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home in Florence.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m. at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: AngelsGrace Hospice, W359N7430 Brown St, Oconomowoc, Wis. 53066.

Friends may leave condolences and tributes to John’s family online at

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence, is serving the family.


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