A celebration of life is Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church at S. Big Lake Road. A potluck will follow at the family home.
David was born March 9, 1933, in Marshfield, Wisc. He graduated from Stratford High School and then moved to Anchorage in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. David moved to Big Lake in 1988 and was a member of Operating Engineers Union Local 302.
“David loved his children and grandchildren and in turn was dearly loved,” the family wrote. “He will be missed more than words can say. He was the happiest entertaining at his home surrounded by his family and friends, telling jokes, playing card games and, of course, telling stories of the ‘old times.’ He was a father to nine but dad to many more. He will be remembered not only for his generosity, helpfulness and love of life, but also his laugh, which everyone would agree could light up a room. David was always on the go, whether hunting, riding snow machines, four-wheeling, fishing, running equipment or rebuilding snow machines in his garage. His children are all proud and privileged to have had him as their father.”
David was preceded in death by his wife, Lona Kaiser, the love of his life, and his daughter, Lona French.
He is survived by sons, Lonny R. (Sharon) White of Georgetown, Texas, and Ricky L. (Connie) White and Theodore D. (Gina) Kaiser, both of Anchorage; daughters, Theresa D. (N.J.) Rich of Ocean Township, N.J., Tamara D. (Scott) Abernathy of Elmira, Ore., Tina D. (Michael) St. Onge and Tonya D. (Alan) Meyer of Anchorage, and Toni D. (Rodney) Reese of Big Lake. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3851 Piper Street Suite 4240, Anchorage, AK 99508.
Arrangements were made by Valley Funeral Home & Crematory.
Source: Frontiersman, 5 October 2010