Wayne C. White

East Tawas, Michigan
January 5, 1926 - July 6, 2019


Thursday, July 25, 2019
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home ~ Tawas Chapel


Friday, July 26, 2019
11:00 AM

Obituary Notice

Wayne C. White, of East Tawas, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 6, 2019, age 93 years. Wayne was born on January 5, 1926 to Thomas and Florence (Humphrey) White in Hale. After high school graduation, Wayne enlisted in the Army/Air Force and proudly served our country during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the military in 1946, Wayne moved back home to his family in Michigan. Just before Wayne entered the armed forces, he married his wife and best friend, Sally L. Papas in 1944. The couple were high school sweethearts and began their beautiful journey together after Wayne walked her home from a high school dance! Wayne started his career out with his own tractor trailer working for Jefferson Trucking. He later sold it, and became a business partner in the Leonard Gas Station which was located at the corner of Newman and Westover Street; where we now all enjoy eating on the patio of Mr. Jack'ss! Wayne later sold his share and opened a furniture store in Oscoda, White's Interiors. As the business flourished, the demand called for expansion, and Wayne opened 3 additional locations; Flint, Saginaw, and Traverse City. As time went on and business models changed, Wayne decided to downsize his operations and focus more on his hometown. He kept open the location in Oscoda where he started and enjoyed coming to work everyday, up until the recent few months. He truly had a passion for the business and helping people, and never wanted to retire. He loved his community and being a part of the town's success. Wayne was an active long time member of the Tawas Area Lions Club and the American Legion. Wayne absolutely loved living on Lake Huron! The early morning sunrises over the lake and the beautiful moon glistening at night were amongst his favorite parts of his day. Wayne's last wish was to have all of his family home over the 4th of July in 2019. Through his inner strength, his family all returned home to East Tawas and he was able to join with them for celebration during this last family event. His family recalls how he had a terrific smile on his face while watching the fireworks this year for the last time! He will be forever cherished by everyone who knew and loved him. Wayne is survived by his 2 daughters, Marianne (Scott) Anderson of Traverse City, and Patricia (John) Phillips of East Tawas; grandchildren, Todd (Carmella) Doll, Amy Doll, Stacey (Christian) Bannan, and Linsey (Brian) McLean, Megan (Tom) Lincoln, Eric (Shontay) Haut, and Sherry (Jose) Tarrio; ; great grandchildren, Christopher Smelser, Caitlyn Smelser, Gregory Bannan, Keeghan Bannan, Mia Lincoln, Caris Lincoln, Trey Doll, Lucia McLean, Maeve McLean, Kamya Lapsley, Evan Tarrio, and Maxim Tarrio; 2 sisters, Dorothy (Leonard) Sarki of Tawas City, and Margaret (Terry) Beadle of Waterford Township; many extended family and dear friends. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Florence White; his beloved wife of 60 years, Sally White; a daughter, Kathleen Doll; a son, John C. White; a granddaughter, Jill Moore; and a grandson, John S. Anderson. Funeral services for Wayne will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City at 11:00 AM. His family will welcome friends for visitation on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in the East Tawas Greenwood Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of The East Tawas Library; PO Box 672, East Tawas, MI. 48730. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of The East Tawas Library; PO Box 672, East Tawas, MI. 48730.


Greenwood Cemetery


I was so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Sending my love to all of you.
— Linda Sucaet (Slavinski)
I am truly going to miss Mr. White, his constant smile, warm greetings and always willing to give you time for conversations. A man with class.
I wish you well on your next journey.
— Cary Fowler
Wayne was a very remarkable man and has left all of us with fondness of the memories we have of him. Condolences to all of the family and his dear friend Tammy. .
— Diane (Lemon) Baker and Don Schell of Schell Hearing Clinic
I have such fond memories of you girls from school years (graduated with Marianne) &, in more recent years, seeing Mr. White in the furniture store dressed in his business suit, still faithfully showing up in his late 80s. I'll always remember him for his smile, & how it warmed my heart because he thought so much of his wife Sally! It's been such a blessing to know your family. My prayers,
— Sona (Vance) Simmons

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