Warren “Pete” White

Warren “Pete” White, age 86, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at his home.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Yankton with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, September 6 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Jerome Sorbel, John Boden, Greg Kappel, Bob Kappel, Dale Tjarks, Herb Bollig.

Warren Milton White was born December 31, 1932 near Oscar, Oklahoma to Grady and Erma (Rouark) White. He grew up on a ranch near Tishomingo, Oklahoma and graduated from Tishomingo High School. Pete then attended Murray State College in Tishomingo. He transferred to Oklahoma State and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in 1956. Then, on September 10, 1954, Pete married Patricia Banks in Stillwater. After their marriage, they lived in Lawton where Pete worked for the Oklahoma Health Department as a Bacteriologist for two years. In 1958, Pete began his long career as a fishery biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He served in Oklahoma, Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota, Utah, and finally in North Dakota where he retired in 1989. After retirement, Pete and Pat moved back to Yankton, SD. Never a pair to rest too long, they opened the Iron Springs Country Store near Yankton, SD in the early 90s where Pete turned out furniture and Pat sold it until 1997. Pete could not escape the pull of his Oklahoma roots and a warmer climate so they moved back to Lawton in 1998 and spent 20 years there. In August of 2018, Pete and Pat moved back to Yankton to be closer to their family.

Pete loved the outdoors and being surrounded by nature. He loved hunting, fishing, woodworking, knife making and occasionally playing cards and board games. Pete also loved trivia and rarely missed an episode of Jeopardy. He enjoyed music, square dancing and collecting all sorts of “treasures”. Pete was a true gentleman who taught his children the value of working hard and caring for others. Above all, Pete loved his family and cherished the time spent together.

Pete is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Pat White of Yankton; three children: Milton (Julene) White of Rapid City, SD, Shar (Mark) Peterson of Yankton, and Trina White (Michelle Jones) of Sacramento, CA; and many other loving family members and friends.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bob and Bill White.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 207 W 11th Street, Yankton SD 57078.


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11 response to "Warren “Pete” White"

  1. By: Anne and Tim Witte Posted: September 5, 2019

    So sorry to hear about your dad! Praying for strength and God’s peace for all. He is in good hands!

  2. By: Tamara Boeka Posted: September 6, 2019

    Our hearts are with you during this time for the loss of your dear husband and father. May you know and feel our love and prayers today and in the days to come and find peace in know Pete is now with our precious King in Heaven. All our love,

    Tammy, Gene, Chloe, Morgan, Zach, and Alex

  3. By: Ann Martin Posted: September 6, 2019

    Dear Pat and family, You are in my heart. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know God is holding you in his loving arms. Much love and prayers sent your way.
    Ann Martin

  4. By: Bonnie Newman Gusso Posted: September 6, 2019

    Oh Trina, I am so sorry about the loss of your dad! It hasn’t been that long ago that I lost mine, so I know what you are going through. I will be thinking of you as you go through the next few days, weeks, months.
    Hugs my friend,

  5. By: Verna Elling Posted: September 6, 2019

    Pat, so sorry to hear about Pete. I am praying for you and your children as you go through this difficult time. We have lost so many good people this year.

  6. By: Ann Martin Posted: September 6, 2019

    Dear Pat and Family, my heart aches for you. You were the BEST friend to me. I am so very sorry for your loss. Know that you are loved and there is prayer from many people for you. God will hold you in his arms. Please send me a telephone number as I tried to call you, but apparently you are using only a cell phone. May the Lord hold you in his mighty hand and have peace knowing Pete is now with our Lord.

    Love, Ann

  7. By: Jerry Novotny Posted: September 6, 2019

    My sympathy to the family. Pete was a true gentleman – always. The Fish & Wildlife service was fortunate to have had him as an employee for so very long.

  8. By: Tammy & Dennis Kokesh Posted: September 7, 2019

    Milt & Julene, We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thought & prayers will be with you in the months to come. You will always be special to us. With Love, Tammy & Dennis

  9. By: Renee (Copper) Walton Posted: September 10, 2019

    Pat, Milton, Char, Trina & Family,
    Pete was a true gentleman, a loving husband and father and he will be greatly missed by many. What I remember best was his sincere kindness always.
    I remember fondly the years that we all lived on the Hatchery at Gavin’s Point. Your family were some of the best neighbors because you’re all truly good people. Pete was the amazing patriarch to your family & I know you will continue to feel his love and guidance even in the years to come.
    I know he’s in Heaven now having a cup of coffee with Daddy & I’m sure they’re chatting about Wildlife, hunting or gardening or about the pride they both had in their loved ones.
    Loving hugs to you all! – Renee

  10. By: Jerry and Elaine kostal Posted: September 10, 2019

    Shar, Mark and family, We are so very sorry on the loss of your dad. I didn’t realize he had passed till I talked to Wanda at work and she told me. Sending lots of hugs and hoping all the previous memories give you peace! Our prayers are with you all. Jerry and Elaine Kostal

  11. By: NOVICE mccarthick Boyd Posted: September 10, 2020

    Dear Pat: I Googled Pete and so sorry I missed him. I wish I had done it sooner. A. J. Burns was asking about him. I had no idea where he was. So sorry he is gone. He had a wonderful life sounds like. I live in Tishomingo.

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