Joseph O. White, Jr., 75, of Mt. Olive, passed away on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020. He was born in San Diego, CA on Friday, June 9, 1944, the son of the late Joseph O. White, Sr. and Ester L. (Scroggins) White.
Joe married Brenda K. (Hill) White on November 26, 1983. He graduated from Alton High School in 1963, DeVry University in 1965, and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was an installation and repair foreman at Ameritech/AT&T and then later a facility engineer with Johnson Controls until his retirement in 2000. He recently served as the Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Macoupin County until the time of his death.
Joe was a member of the Mt. Olive Area Veterans Post 5790, AMVETS, and American Legion. He served as Illinois State Commander for AMVETS from 1977-1988 and Mayor of Mt. Olive from 1993-1997.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda K. (Hill) White of Mt. Olive; two sons, Jeff (Teresa) Wells and Chris (Sherry) Wells; three daughters, Joanne (White) (Sean) Baumer, Kim (Phillip) Benda, and Jennifer (Mike) McLean; brothers, James (Jim) White of Godfrey and David (Brenda J.) White of Pocahontas, AR; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers, Warren White and William White.
Joe was cremated according to his wishes. In accordance with COVID 19 protocol, no services are being held at this time. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Mt. Olive Area Veterans Post 5790. Becker & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.