Richard Patrick “Pat” White, Sr., 85, of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, June 17, 2023. He was born May 4, 1938 in St. Louis, MO to Joseph E. and Agnes “LaVerne” (Reed) White.
Pat began his career at a young age as a paper boy. In later years, his employment at Miss Hullings Cafeteria in St. Louis led him to meet his future wife and love of his life, Geri Matthews. The couple married on May 31, 1956 and later moved to Kansas City in 1974. Pat found his calling in sales for industrial heating and temperature controls. His innovative spirit led to his involvement in the start-up and operation of several businesses in the Kansas City area, including Heatron, Thermal Tech Equipment, and Infrared Technologies.
Pat was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Parkville, MO and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council #7199. Pat enjoyed traveling the world with family and friends and especially enjoyed his trips to Ireland. He was very proud of his Irish heritage. After retirement, he enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and watching the Royals and Chiefs. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Pat is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Geraldine “Geri” (Matthews) White, and their five children: Richard Patrick “Rick” White, Jr. and wife, Tina; Donald Joseph White and wife, Janice; Robyn Suzanne McMichael and husband, Mark; Susan Marie Quarles; and Tracy Anne White and wife, Kristyn; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Pat was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald White; and two sisters, Betty Keller and Dolores “Dodie” Zeman.
The Rosary will be prayed 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 N.W. Highway 9 Kansas City, MO, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Therese with Fr. Randy Sly presiding. A Committal Service will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery. In honor of Pat’s wife Geri, Memorial contributions are suggested to The Alzheimer’s Association. Memories of Pat and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.
The family wishes to thank Ascend Hospice and Anthology of Burlington Creek for providing tender loving care for our Dad.