RICHARD E. WHITE better known as Dick, Dickie or Poppy to
those who loved him, a devoted husband, proud father and
grandfather died May 25, 2019. Dick loved his family with
all his heart and was a family man to his very core. Poppy
infused his grandkids with love and encouragement that knew
no limits, available anytime, anyplace for any subject. His
age did not reflect his vitality, energy and strength. Dick
lived life to the fullest till the very end. Positive,
joyful, strong, full of energy. He never met a stranger,
a close friend to many…unselfish, loving, encouraging,
mentoring, gentle and kind. He loved to dance, travel,
tend the garden and cook. He so enjoyed a good cigar, a
drink and a robust conversation with all who joined him.
Dick was a do it yourself type guy, a Mr. Fix It before
the age of Google. A one of a kind to those who knew him,
a bright light to all.
He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 61 years; his
daughter Sonya Curry, Fiancée Dan Hahn, and her children
with Marty, Grant (Zoey) Curry, Kent Curry and Robbie Curry;
his daughter Sherri Albertson, her husband Jeff and their
two children Nicole (Ethan) Cavett and Mitch Albertson;
siblings Albert (Mary) Land, Rick (Deb) Land and Laura
He is preceded in death by parents Ralph and Lucieal White.
While serving in the U.S. Air Force in England, he returned
to Missouri and married his high school sweetheart. When
his service ended, he returned to the US and settled in
Illinois. While raising a young family and working full-
time at the local newspaper he pursued and completed a
business degree and began a profession as an engineer.
Tired of enduring the rough Chicago winters, he relocated
the family to the warmth of Dallas in 1980. He worked as
an engineer in Dallas for AT&T until his retirement.