|N. Eugene ("Whitey") White, 76, passed away on March 18 at Knox County Nursing Home.
Eugene "Whitey" was born May 17 1935 in Macomb Illinois, the son of Ehrman and Willodene (Bourell) White. Whitey was raised in the Macomb/Blandinsville/Scioto area. Whitey attended Macomb High School and was active in the FFA, 4H and Farming.
During his early years, he worked as a farm hand, and also for Farmers Implement in Galesburg. He then served in the US Army at El Paso, Texas from 1957 to 1959. On August 18 1957, He married his life's soul mate, Irmajean Pratt of Berwick. They were best known together as "Whitey and Blondie" Upon his return from the US Army, he was employed with Martin and Clark IH Dealer in Monmouth then to the IH Dealer in Roseville. In 1961 he attended the Reisch Auctioneering School, Mason City Iowa. In 1967 He became employed as a salesman with Westbay Equipment Company, Galesburg until he retired in 1995. He received numerous sales awards over his career. Whitey also owned and operated Whitey's Auction Service for 49 years. He served on numerous committees with the Illinois Auctioneering Association. He also volunteered his auctioneering services to 4H, numerous church auctions, the Knox County Nursing Home, and other charity events as well as assisting other local auctioneers. Whitey was also a Private Pilot and aircraft owner and was active in flying at the Galesburg Municipal Airport. He held numerous leadership positions in the Galesburg Pilots Association. He was a member of the Maple City Antique Tractor Association and the IH Collectors Club. He also enjoyed showing his 1953 IH Farmall Super H tractor in local Farm shows. He was a member and also served as a trustee for the Knoxville United Methodist Church. Whitey was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving is his wife Irmajean of Knoxville. His son, Montie (Holly) White, Lawrenceburg, Indiana and two grandsons, Tyler 19 and Curtis 12, and his twin sister, Charlene (Ron) Heeren, Davenport, Florida.
Whitey was very well known through out the area from all of his customers, and that he never met a stranger. He touched many people's lives and deeply valued his friends and family. He felt blessed for all of the many friendships that were made over many years.
Visitation will be held 4:00 PM at 8:00 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home Knoxville. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois with burial at the Knoxville Cemetery Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. Milton Marquith Officiating. In-lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the MDS Foundation, and to the Knox County Nursing Home. On-line condolences or sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com