Edward E. White
(News story) Edward E. White, a chemical engineer, landlord, and avid musician and cyclist, died Saturday in his South Toledo home. He was 95. Daughter Linda Netcher said Mr. White died of age-related issues. "His body basically just wore out," she said. Mr. White was born June 19, 1921, in Mifflin Township, Franklin County, to Stanley and Leona White. He graduated in 1943 from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He worked in Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia before moving to Toledo in 1957 to work for Allied Chemical Corp. in quality control and plant engineering until he retired in 1971. Upon coming to Toledo, he also began buying properties in the area and became a landlord, including apartment buildings and a motel. He often brought his children along to help. "As kids, we would have to go paint the houses when somebody moved out," Mrs. Netcher said. "Or we would go with him and clean the hallways of the apartment buildings. We all learned a great work ethic." Mr. White maintained a lifelong love of music and played easy-listening tunes on piano, organ, and guitar into his late 80s. "He played by ear, and taught himself in his early teens," Mrs. Natcher said. "When he was in college, he found he could play and make money for his tuition." When he played gigs both alone and in small groups, he used the name Bob Wright, though Mrs. Netcher isn't sure how or why he chose the stage name. He also frequently attended area concerts with friends. "If it was music, he would go. Music was his love," friend Mary Lou Leonard said. Ms. Leonard met Mr. White through the Maumee Valley Adventurers recreation group. His daughter said he loved the outdoors and had previously been a motorcyclist and boater, but took up bicycling and rode with the group until last year. "His last ride was 44 miles and he was 94 years old," Ms. Leonard said. "He loved biking. He'd be up with the fast riders, and we all tried to tell him that he didn't have to do that." Other members helped watch out for him. "He just really had a good life," Ms. Leonard said. "And he was sharp as a tack." Mrs. Netcher said her father was very educated, and stayed informed about current events. "He always read the paper from one end to the other," she said. "He cared about what was going on in the world." Mr. White is survived by a brother, Robert White; children Linda Netcher, and David and Jeffrey White; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at St. Andrew Methodist Church, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cherry Street Mission Ministries. Online condolences may be left at blanchardstrabler.com. This is a news story by Blade staff writer Alexandra Mester. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org , 419-724-6066, or on Twitter @AlexMesterBlade.
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