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Obituary of Stephen J. White, 72


Stephen J. White, 72, of State College, went to be with his Lord May 3, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after suffering a major stroke. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, he was the son of the late Charles T. White and Naomi Young White. He attended Penn State University, after which he served in the U.S. Army, Americal Division (23rd Infantry), 6th Battalion of the 11th Field Artillery. As Chief of Fire Direction, he fired over 10,000 fire missions during his tour of duty in Vietnam. He later reenlisted to serve as an Instructor of Artillery Fire Direction and Combat Readiness for the Army Reserve and National Guard. Known for his imaginative training methods, he received numerous teaching awards, including the coveted Army Instructor Rating of "Excellent." Master Sergeant White retired with 27 years of military service.

Steve had a passion for working with wood; he was a skilled finish carpenter, builder, draftsman and civil engineer, self-employed in residential construction and development. In addition to his love of woodworking and Howitzers, he enjoyed long-distance cycling, listening to classical and folk music, playing the guitar, and the study of astronomy, physics and mathematics. He especially appreciated big loyal hounds, good pizza and a good fizzy Coke. He valued rural life and loved working on the homestead with his family. One of his favorite outdoor activities was maple sugaring in the spring - stoking the sugar rig round the clock and swapping tales around the fire with family and friends. Sugaring time will never be the same without him.

Steve was a regular attender of the Grange Fair and Crystal Spring Campmeeting. He was a member of the United States Field Artillery Association, Homeschool Legal Defense Association, and a dedicated supporter of Samaritan's Purse International Relief. He was a 30-year attendee of the State College Evangelical Free Church.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Paula Van Pelt White, daughter Sarah Delena White, son Viktor Ivanov White, and sister Diane Whittier Neely. His children were truly his pride and joy. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 14 from 6 to 8 pm at the Heintzelman Funeral Home in State College. Interment with military honors will be held Tuesday, May 15, 1:30 pm at the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Samaritan's Purse International Relief. An online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at

A Memorial Gathering for Steve will be held at a later date; please check the Heintzelman website for upcoming details. This will be a casual, come-as-you-are event - jeans and work boots welcome. Bring your stories, songs, tears and laughter. The pizza and Cokes are on Steve.

Name of Deceased

Stephen J. White



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Funeral Home

Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service

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