Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Fr. Paul White
Fr. Paul White, C.PP.S., 87, died March 3, 2014, at St. Charles Center, Carthagena.
Fr. White made his home for many years at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he was a professor emeritus of economics. He moved to St. Charles recently to recover from surgery.
He was born April 16, 1926, in Glandorf, to Charles and Mary Brinkel White. He entered the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1944 and was ordained June 4, 1953.
Fr. White spent his life as a priest in education ministry. After his ordination he was assigned to Saint Joseph's College, which is sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He became a professor of economics and held many positions at the college, including business manager and executive vice president. He also served in the leadership of the congregation.
Beginning in 1991, Fr. White also was parish administrator to St. Francis Solano Church in Francesville, Ind., and St. Henry Church in Medaryville, Ind. He retired from parish ministry in 2013, the same year he celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Survivors include a sister, Rose Williams, Ottawa; a sister-in-law, Grace White, Dayton; a brother-in-law, Robert Geier, Delphos; and numerous nieces and nephews and great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph, and three sisters, Jane (Ray) Weber, Claire Geier and Rita White.
Fr. White was devoted to Saint Joseph's College and his ministry in education. "He had a genuine concern for the students with whom he interacted," said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., who was Fr. White's colleague at the college.
Cheerful, outgoing and kind, Fr. White similarly took the people of the two parishes to heart when he was assigned to minister to them - and they returned the favor. "He served the parishes with joy and love," Fr. Kirch said. When Fr. White could no longer drive, people from the parishes made sure that someone transported Fr. White from his home on campus to the parishes to celebrate Mass with them.
Fr. White died a day after Fr. William Kramer, C.PP.S., a fellow Missionary who also ministered at Saint Joseph's College for many years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Fr. White and Fr. Kramer at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, the Rev. Larry Hemmelgarn presiding. Fr. Ralph Verdi will serve as homilist. Burial will follow in the community cemetery.
Calling is 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at St. Charles with a prayer service at 7.
Memorial donations may be made to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
Arrangements were handled by Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.