HARVEY "CHUBBY" WHITE
HARVEY "CHUBBY" WHITE
Harvey "Chubby" Charles White, 98, a long- time Park Rapids area resident, went home to his Savior Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids, surrounded by his loved ones.
Harvey was born Nov. 20, 1915 in Farmington, to Harvey and Matilda (Marks) White. As a child his family moved to the Park Rapids area where he attended country school through the eighth grade.
At the age of 15, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked in the CCC camp at Itasca State Park helping to build that park into the premier state park it is today. Over his lifetime, Harvey worked numerous jobs including working on the railroad, logging, working at a sawmill, working for the Clyde Johnson Construction Company for five years, painting houses and doing yard work.
On June 2, 1947 Harvey was united in marriage to Cleo Binley. This union was blessed with five children Rosella, Phyllis, Billy, Tom and Jerry. They were divorced in 1959.
Harvey had a deep love for music and taught himself how to play by ear the guitar, ukulele, the organ, piano and the harmonica. Harvey was an outdoorsman who especially enjoyed fishing the area lakes with his family. He had a deep faith in the Lord and loved reading his Bible daily.
Harvey had moved to North Branch some years ago; but, moved back to Park Rapids later in life. He became a resident of Heritage Living Center in June of 2007 where he was cared for by the loving staff there. For the past several weeks he was cared for by the caring professionals at St. Joseph's Hospice.
He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Phyllis (Steve) Zurn of Clear Lake, Wis.; two sons, William and Jerry (Cheryl) White of Park Rapids; l4 grandchildren; 28 precious great-grandchildren; two stepchildren and four step- great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann Luukkonnen of Park Rapids; as well as a host of nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Debbie Pierce.
Harvey was preceded in death by his daughter, Rosella Litzau; son, Thomas White; grandson, Raymond Lee White; one great-granddaughter; brother, Ray; and two sisters, Mae Halten and Nina Binley.
Visitation: one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the funeral home.
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids with the Rev. Lee Kantonen officiating. Special musical tributes of "How Great Thou Art," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Angels Among Us" will be played from the Jones-Pearson CD library.
Active casketbearers: his grandchildren, Rachel Crandall, Jerry Robert Charles White, Cleo Litzau, George White, Angie White and Randy Pickett.
Honorary casketbearers: the rest of his grandchildren, Kevin Litzau, Crystal Hurlburt, Cassandra Litzau, Russell Pickett, Tom White, Alan White, Phoebe Crane, Micheal White, Louis Johnson II and Ashley Johnson as well as Harvey's 32 great-grandchildren.
Interment: Hubbard Cemetery next to his parents.
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