Kenneth George White

Kenneth George White

Kenneth George White

Cedar Rapids

Kenneth George White, 95, passed away surrounded by family at Meth-Wick Community on Dec. 13, 2022. He is now reunited with his beloved Helen, and their infant daughter Pamela.

Ken was our Mr. Wonderful, both tongue-in-cheek and in truth. He was a gentle soul, who faithfully nurtured relationships with family and friends. He was a gentleman, who greeted everyone with kindness and good humor.

Ken was a prince and his patience was legendary. He was a man of faith and a quiet scholar, with guides to chess, the solar system and the origins of life on recent Christmas lists. He was an earnest football fan, with enduring hope for the Detroit Lions and great enthusiasm for the University of Michigan. His favorite afternoons were spent with his son Tim, enjoying each other’s company and cheering on their teams.

And Ken was a prankster, whose Christmas list also included joke and riddle books. Flagged in a book was this one: “The man who wrote the Hokey-Pokey died peacefully at age 93. The hardest part for his family was getting him into his coffin. They put his left leg in. Then the trouble started.” That was our Ken.

Originally from Sarnia, Canada, he grew up in Michigan and worked for Consumers Power for 41 years. Ken and Helen lived in Michigan and Arizona and moved to Iowa in 2011 to be close to family. They settled happily into Meth-Wick where they made many great friends and appreciated the support of the wonderful staff.

He’ll be deeply missed by Tim and his wife, Michelle, their daughters, Lizzie and Emily; granddaughter, Pam; grandson-in-law, Joe; and great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Jake. He is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Rusty and Shirley; and beloved extended family members, as well as dear friends Ken and Gerry Haas, Clarence and Char Burton and Doris LeCompte.

Our gratitude goes to the many people at Meth-Wick who laughed with and loved him and to his granddaughter Emily whose tender care and expertise in hospice made his final days very peaceful.

Memorial gifts may be made in Ken’s name to Meth-Wick at or 1224 13th St. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. Private family services will be held at a later date, with inurnment at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy, Mich.

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