Obituary: Vern White |

Obituary: Vern White

Vern White
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Vern White, 70, of Moline, Illinois, formerly of Tabernash, died Friday, March 4, 2016, at UnityPoint Health – Trinity, Rock Island, Illinois.

LaVern Allen White was born October 6, 1945, in Marshfield, Wisconsin, the oldest son of Kenneth and Bernice (Braun) White. He spent most of his young life in Love’s Park, Illinois and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Vern attended the University of Illinois and met the love of his life, Sandra Kay Brockman of Moline. They were married on June 17, 1972. Vern taught reading and language arts for 25 years at Sherrard Junior High School in Illinois. In addition to teaching, he also served as a girls basketball and track coach. He is remembered with great fondness by many of his former students, athletes, and their parents. Upon his retirement in 2004, Vern and Sandy fulfilled their dream, moving to a home they built in the mountains of Colorado. He was a Volunteer Host at Winter Park for two seasons, worked at Ski Depot in Winter Park, and enjoyed parking cars three days a week, also at Winter Park. In addition to his love of Colorado, Vern enjoyed scuba diving, traveling and reading. He dearly loved chocolate shakes, sweets in any form, and dark beer. Vern collected hats from their travels around the world and from his favorite sports teams, including the Chicago Cubs and Denver Broncos. He also spent his free time collecting tools for his hobby of woodworking. He will be deeply missed by his wife Sandy, his siblings Dr. Loren White (Pat), Inverness, IL; Larry White (Donna), Columbus OH; Julie Anderson (Dr. Mark Anderson), Lincoln NE as well as many nieces and a nephew.

A celebration of Vern’s life will be Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Quad City Animal Welfare Center. Condolences may be left at

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