Don Willis White, 79 of Cedar Rapids passed away December 18, 2020 at Mercy Hospital. The family would like to thank the 8th Floor Nursing staff at Mercy Hospital and the staff of Mercy Hospice Comfort Care for the compassionate care of Don during his illness.
Don was born on April 10th 1941 in Cedar Rapids to Raymond and Helen (Hartman) White. He was a graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School class of 1959. Don was married to Mary (Tisdale) White on June 11 1977. Don's favorite activities were conversation and revisiting "time machine" events and places in Cedar Rapids as well as his passion for cars and trains. His memories of his days at Danceland, talking about Union Station and the Rock Island Railroad were very important subjects of conversation to him. Don was open to sharing all about the history of the Rock Island Railroad which he worked for during this college years. He spent many years with special friends , and his wife, doing rail fan activities throughout the United States. He was a member of the Cedar Rapids Rail Fan Club and made long lasting friendships through the club. When planning trips and vacations the train was the priority.
He earned a Master's Degree in Education at Marycrest College and taught at Marengo High School, North Linn High School and North Cedar High School and substituted in the Cedar Rapids School District.
Left to treasure his memory is his wife, Mary, his sister Marsha (Jack) Sweet, his niece Lori (Jeff) Glisch and family and his nephew Chris Milroy and family as well as his in-laws Tom and Raylene Tisdale and family, David and Kathy Tisdale and family, and Donna Mason and family. His Hartman cousins and the many get togethers that they shared through the years were always special times to him.
Waiting to greet him with open Hearts on his journey home will be his parents, his family circle of Aunts and Uncles, brother-in-law Alan Mason, and his niece Krista Tisdale Nissen as well as his special friends Ron and Jackie McMurrin.
Private family services will be held Tuesday 12/22/2020 at Fredregill Funeral Home in Zearing Iowa. Burial will be at the Lincoln Township Cemetery in Zearing. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the United Way East Central Iowa 317 7th Ave SE Cedar Rapids IA 52042
Enjoyed many walks together at the rec center. One of a kind and he will be missed. Sorry for our loss. Kyle Gaddie
Mary we are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. We will miss him in the neighborhood, he was quite a character. Please except our deepest sympathy. If you need any help feel free to knock on our door, we will be there in a second! Love, Scott & Jodi Higgins
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