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Robert Layne White, 87, of rural Ottumwa, died February 16, 2018 at the Bloomfield Care Center in Bloomfield.
He was born August 20, 1930 in Ottumwa to Robert L. and Leatha I. Humble White. He married Lillian Proctor on September 16, 1949.
Layne farmed his entire life south of Ottumwa on Lake Road. He worked for John Morrell & Co., Hormel and Excel, retiring in 1995.
He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.
Layne is survived by his wife, Lillian; 3 sons, Dennis (Connie) White of Blakesburg, Douglas (Terri) White of Bangor, WI and Donald (Janette) White of Ottumwa; 11 grandchildren, Brent (Shelly) White of Blakesburg, Brock (Brenna ) White of Ottumwa, Krista (name) Phillips of South Carolina, Katee White of Ottumwa, Krissy Allen (Casey) of Ottumwa, Jessica (Matt) Herrmann of La Crosse, WI, Jacob White of Bangor, WI, Jeremiah (Victoria) White of New Salem, WI, Ashley (Kirk) Artist of Ames, Renee (Logan) Fiala of Ames, Whitney (Trevor) Pullen of Sioux City; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Beth Sheedy.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Ellis and Pastor Danny Cary officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Ottumwa.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or Bloomfield Care Center Activity Fund.
Published on February 16, 2018
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