Joseph M. White Jr. of Leasburg, Missouri was born on May 9, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri to Joseph M. and Ida M. (Sutton) White Sr. and passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the age of 97 years.
Joe married Loretta Reiner on August 28, 1948 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
Joe joined the Naval Reserves while he was still in high school at the age of 17. On December 17, 1940, he was called up for active duty and was sent to the Hawaiian Islands and was stationed on U.S.S. Schley. On December 7, 1941, Joe was on a weekend pass in Honolulu and he heard the bombing at Pearl Harbor. After serving five years, three months and 25 days in the United States Navy, Joe returned home and went to work for Terminal Railroad. He worked as a Switching Forman and retired after 17 years of service.
In November 1970 Joe and Loretta would build and open the Coachlight Inn in Leasburg, Missouri. They operated the business for 17 years. After retiring, Joe enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, gardening and reading historical books. He was a member of Pearl Harbor Survivors, Russell Schmidt VFW Post No. 3987, Meramec Valley DAV Chapter No. 65 and Route 66 Eagles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ida White; one baby boy; wife, Loretta White; two sisters, Amelia Baltursitis and Margaret Richichi; one brother, Edward White; one granddaughter, Candice White; and one great grandson, Christian West.
He is survived by five children, Barbara and husband Don Moore of St. Louis, Missouri, Constance and husband Jim Cornet of Ellisville, Missouri, Cynthia and husband Bill King, Joseph White III, Robert and wife Rita White all of Cuba, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri with Rev. Dan Lueckennotte officiating.
Private Interment with full military honors was held at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.