Valery ‘Val’ Keith White

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Valery “Val” Keith White, 77, of Chocolay Township, entered eternal life Friday, May 31, 2013, at his home, in the loving care of his wife.

Val was born November 7, 1935 in Ontonagon, a son of James Keith and Marcella (Jenkins) White. He was a 1953 graduate of Ontonagon High School. Following graduation from high school, he enrolled at the University of Michigan and played football on the university freshman football team. He later attended Carnegie Institute in Cleveland, Ohio graduating as a Medical Lab Technician. After working for a short time in the health care industry he enrolled at Northern Michigan University graduating with two degrees, one in Social Work and the other in Economics. Val worked as a Social Worker with the State of Michigan for 31 years until his retirement in 1996. During his career with the State of Michigan, he resumed his education obtaining his Masters Degree in Public Administration.

In his spare time, Val enjoyed painting, writing poetry and was an avid Detroit Red Wing and Lions fan. Locally he was a great supporter of NMU hockey, basketball and football and was a charter member of the TKE Fraternity. When his children were younger and involved in soccer, he participated as a soccer referee with the Superiorland Soccer League. He was very active with the Boy Scouts as a committee member with Troop 360 for 20 years and was a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Judy; his two children, Christopher (Amy) White of Rochester, MN and Geoffrey (Caryl) White of Norway; his five grandchildren, Tyler, Dylan, Nolan, Connor and Emersen White; his brother, James White of Ontonagon; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard; his sister, Judith; and his brother, Jon.

Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the funeral home with Rev. Leon Jarvis, presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

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