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Robert James White


Robert James White, age 84, of Columbus, Ohio died January 23, 2020.  He was born on February 17, 1935 in Gahanna, Ohio to the late Stanley and Leona White.  Robert is survived by his wife, Jackie Kennedy-White; two sons, Mark (Rebecca) White and Bob (Leslie) Pomeroy; two granddaughters, Casey & Katelyn White; nephews, Jim Emmons, Barry Chadwick and Scott Chadwick.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley & Leona White; sisters, Betty Chadwick and Dorothy Johnson; and brother, Edward White.  Robert retired as Union President Local 423 in Columbus, Ohio.  He was very dedicated to physical fitness for many years up until his early 80’s.  Robert was an accomplished athlete.  He was a 3rd round draft pick for the Baltimore Colts in 1957 and was on the professional wrestling circuit for many years holding a Championship Belt.  Robert cared for his family and was always willing to help in times of need.  He was deeply loved and will be missed.    A gathering will take place Friday, February 7, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM with a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM all at the chapel of Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society, 5464 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214.  Please visit www.OhioCremation.org to view the full obituary and leave the family an online condolence. 

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  • Judith Bennett says:

    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Bob will certainly be missed by our community, which Bob served so well. He will be missed.

  • Christine McBride says:

    Prayers & condolences to Jackie and family. I will so miss seeing Bob walk the neighborhood and his warm and friendly words. Always, always such a kind gentleman. Bob was one of the first folks I met in the community and he always had a smart, kind, and generous way. He will be greatly missed and well-remembered in our hearts.

  • Jim & Arlene Burt says:

    Jackie (and family): How much we will miss Bob. He has been so helpful and kind to those in our community. His daily rounds with Rocky were a stable and dependable visit each day. Whenever Bob would see someone in need, he would stop and help. His concern for others was an admirable quality, one can only hope was contagious. RIP, Bob.

  • Mary and Mark Massarella says:

    We were saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing and talking to Bob, especially during his daily walks with Rocky. Always a gentleman, and such a great neighbor. We will miss him very much. May God grant him eternal rest. Our sincere condolences to Jackie, his family and friends.

  • Bernie Schick says:

    Bob was always so kind to Dorothy & Jerry Shroyer (my aunt & uncle) when they resided on Joysmith Circle. I remember meeting him when he stopped in to visit on one of his neighborhood walks. So sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Sharon & Clay Miller says:

    Bob will be greatly missed. Such a kind gentlemen, when I first moved here six years I served on the party committee and he always made me feel very welcome .

    Miss seeing him walk and always nice conversation.

    Love and prayers to Jackie and her family.

  • Marla Musyt says:

    Jackie, I am so sorry for your loss. Though I did not know either of you very well, I talked several times with Bob during the process of buying your previous home. It sounds like you live in a strong community where you will maintain deep friendships. Of course, adjusting to the loss of a loved one is a process in healing. May you find joy, be well and be free of suffering.
    Sincerely,
    Marla

  • GARY NEBINGER says:

    I FIRST MET “WHITEY” AS A FRESHMAN AT OTTERBEIN COLLEGE AND PLAYED BESIDE “WHITEY” THE ENTIRE SEASON, AND HAVE ALWAYS CONSIDERED IT ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PLAYING DAYS.
    OUR FRIENDSHIP DEVELOPED OVER THE MANY YEARS SINCE OTTERBEIN, TO THE POINT THAT I CONSIDER “WHITEY” ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS…..R.I.P. TRUE FRIEND….GARY “NEB” NEBINGER

  • Lynn and Rene Baum says:

    Jackie so sorry for your loss.
    Bob was a very interesting and caring man with a good sense of humor.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Maureen S. says:

    So sorry for your loss Jackie. I will miss his kind demeanor, bright smile, and his great precision in writing checks.

  • John H Bradshaw says:

    Bob and I were on several committees in our neighborhood and enjoyed each other’s company. Bob is famous for getting to know all the dogs in the neighborhood and stopping by to greet the dogs with his little dog Rocky. They all get along very well.

    I will miss Bob as I considered him a good friend. Rest in peace Bob!

  • Larry & Helen Lintner says:

    Whitey” and Larry Lintner were another replica of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn of the early 40’s, Pearl Harbor and WWII. Bob and Larry, a couple of wood-whittling lads, built a place next to Big Walnut Creek and across the street from Bob’s family’s house (now north Creekside in Gahanna, OH). The boys spent time in the 40’s waiting for another supply of bubble gum to arrive at Shadwick’s Supply Store. It was in short supply in the WWII days. They also built a place by the rushing creek called “The Shanty!” They used pieces of wood and tin they found. The Shanty was even equipped with it’s own heating system. Larry showed it to me in 1948 and I was amazed that it was still standing! I helped them both with their second year of High School Latin class so they could attend Otterbein College and play four more years of football. They had nicknames for everyone in our 1953 class. They were life-long good friends. We had a lot of fun and never argued.
    Helen Lintner, Westerville, Ohio
    February 04, 2020
    Whitey and I were best of friends for almost 80 years. We were together in grade school, high school, college and joined the Air National Guard together. We were co-captains of the football team at Otterbein University. He was the fastest, meanest, toughest lineman in the Ohio Conference! When we were 12 we built a two room shanty behind their family house, raised rabbits and sold them to the local grocery store, and fished almost every day. I was proud to nominate Whitey for the Gahanna Lincoln Athletic Hall of Fame and even more proud to introduce him when he was inducted. My wife Helen and I will miss him as a great and loyal friend. Rest in peace.
    Larry Lintner, Westerville, Ohio

  • Heath,Lois and Layton says:

    We were truly saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  • Marge and Richard says:

    Mark,Becky,Jackie,Casey and Kaitlyn. We send our Deepest Sympathies to all of you. We will never forget Bob. He will be missed.

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