Edward Robert White, Sr. was born July 14, 1928 in Rutledge, Minn. to Robert and Eva (House) White. He was raised and lived his early years in the Hinckley area. Ed served in the Army at the end of World War II. After the service he returned to Hinckley. On Sept. 23, 1949 he married Alice Petersen and they made their first home in St. Paul. Ed and Alice lived in several Minnesota communities and then in 1959 they moved to Isanti. In 1983 they moved to Cambridge and then lived in Mora for 8 years before returning to Cambridge in 1993. Ed worked 10 years at the Sandstone State Hospital and then at the Anoka State Hospital. He owned and operated a service station in Isanti for 6 years and then worked at the Arsenal in New Brighton for 10 years. He then worked for FMC until retirement. Ed and Alice enjoyed wintering in Arizona for 26 years. His interests included deer hunting, fishing, dancing, playing bingo, woodworking, collecting agates and macramé chairs.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by brother, Bud White and sister Ruth Kastelyns. Ed is survived by his wife, Alice of Cambridge; 5 children, Ronald (Paula) White of Cambridge, Mike (Barb) White of Isanti, Sandy (Bernie) Ciesynski of Brooklyn Park, Ken (Kathy) White of Cambridge, Edward (Denise) White, Jr. of Cambridge; 13 grandchildren; 13 3/4 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Fritsche of Sandstone; and by many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with Rev. Jean Rollin officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4 – 8 p.m. The soloist is Vonda Oakes and Nancy Peabody will be the pianist. Pallbearers are Brian, Ronald, Shawn, Ryan and Nick White and Bill Petersen. Interment will be in Isanti Union Cemetery.