Carrol "Bill" Gould White

Born: Fri., Nov. 22, 1918
Died: Sun., Aug. 25, 2013


Memorial Service

11:30 AM Sat., Sep. 21, 2013
Location: Pendleton Eagles Lodge #28


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Carrol Gould White, known to most as Bill, was born in Lexington, Oregon November 22, 1918 and passed away August 25th at the age of 94 at Suttle Care Assisted Living.  A memorial service and celebratory luncheon is scheduled at the Pendleton Elks Club on Saturday, September 21st at 11:30. Early next summer Bill's family will fulfill his wish to have his ashes scattered in the Blue Mountains.
 
In 1936 Bill graduated from Ukiah High School as one in a class of only five.  He loved Ukiah and the surrounding areas and returned to spend a lot of time there in his later years.  
 
At the age of 23 Bill joined the army motivated by the newly passed law which permitted non-college men to become pilots.  He was a test pilot for, as he put it, “every type of plane you could imagine”; actually there were at least 11 different types.  In addition he flew 56 bombing missions over Italy, Sicily, and North Africa in the B-25 bomber.  His unit lost over 70 planes from contact with hot ash during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.  The men fled the area and waited until a new batch of planes arrived.
 
Bill and wife Janie raised their three children in Pilot Rock where Bill ran his crop dusting business 'Bill White Flying Service'.  During the off-season he did many other types of flying jobs including being the first person to fly retired Navy bombers in the effort to fight forest fires.  
 
In May of this year Bill and 34 other veterans participated in an Honor Flight to see their war memorials in Washington D.C.   Bill was always a patriotic man, and despite not being in the best of health, thoroughly enjoyed his visit to the nation's capital.  
 
Bill is survived by his sister Harriet Walls, his daughter and son-in-law Connie and Larry May, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, and his long-time companion Judy Bowman.  Bill was predeceased by his parents Lee and Edna White, his wife Janie of 35 years, his brother George White, his daughter Linda Lauterbach, and his son David White.  
 
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to St. Anthony Hospice or any Oregon or Nevada Honor Flight Program.
 
 

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Linda Coil Suchy
   Posted Sat September 21, 2013
Bill, my heart is breaking and I'm gonna miss you my friend. You were the wind beneath my wings and my hero. You have now earned your wings (again) and can now fly free and go anywhere you wish. You led a good life and should be proud of all you've accomplished. You were a great man and I'm so honored to be able to call you my friend. You did so much for me and taught me so much whether you knew it or not. You are so special. You once told me that after you die your gone and forgotten, and how sad it is that no one remembers you. I want you to know that your unforgettable and I for one will never forget you and make sure others will know of you as well. Remember your birthday is the same as my beloved grandson, so that's one day I can never forget! I will wish you a happy birthday every year from here on and so will he, he knows all about you and loves that you share the same day. Your now with your beloved wife, your son and your daughter, fly free with them and enjoy the reunion. I smile and find comfort when I think of this. I too will see you one day, you'd better meet up with me Cowboy, cause I'll be looking for you! I love you Bill. Your locked in my heart forever. Linda

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