Nov. 25, 1975 - July 21, 2005
Richard Ashton White of Portland, Ore., succumbed to a rare form of cancer after a seven-month struggle on July 21, 2005 in Paradise, Calif., at the home of his parents, Ron and Kay White. (Ron is a former dentist from Lindsay.) In his last days, he was lovingly attended to by his parents, his aunts and uncles, and his wife, the former HollieAnne Renee Sherman, daughter of Stephen and Carol Sherman of Newberg, Ore. Richard and HollieAnne were married in a private ceremony at home on June 1, 2005 when it was apparent that the wedding originally planned for July 31 would not be possible.
The funeral was held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, in the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church. A private burial took place Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at the Paradise Cemetery. Rose Chapel Mortuary performed the services.
Richard was born in Lindsay, Calif., and attended Sierra View Jr. Academy in Exeter and high school at Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, Calif. He attended Pacific Union College, Butte College and spent a year abroad at Newbold College in England. His plans were to continue his education this autumn in Eugene, Ore.
He was working at American Promotional Events in Clackamas, Ore., when he became too ill to continue. Before this work experience, he had been employed at Subway Sandwich in Walla Walla, Wash., and Sierra West Surveying in Paradise, Calif. Prior to that he worked several years with his Uncle John, who owns Eggers' Builders in Paradise, Calif.
Rich loved music, had a good singing voice, and was in Monterey Bay Academy's premier choral group, the Oceanaires. During those years he worked for his uncle, Gary Eggers, in the physical education department at Monterey Bay Academy. Rich loved to be outdoors in nature and liked to camp and backpack in the Sierras with his dad and mom, friends and relatives. He was a leader and had a great sense of humor. His many friends and large family will miss Rich for his sensitive and loving ways and for his great concern for the preservation of the environment.
In addition to his wife and parents, many aunts and uncles survive Richard: Tom and Fay White, Johnny and Geneva Johnston, Brent and Sandra Pfieffer, Mike and Tami White, Nick and Brenda White, Jim and Trish Hoerner, Wally and Pam Fisher, Dr. Otto and Jeanne Eggers, Karl and Bonnie Eggers, Dean and Janice Taber, John and Marge Eggers, John and Ruth Fielding, Dr. Marilyn and Gary Eggers, and Jim and Meg Palmer. There are also many cousins who will miss him very much.