Charles Aubrey White
Birth Date: December 5, 1933
Death Date: December 21, 2016
Charles “Chuck” Aubrey White was born December 5, 1933 to James Aubrey White and Eloise Rose Gazette in San Jose, CA. Grandpa was raised in Del Paso Heights, fourth in the lineup of eight children: Norine, Peggy, Marilyn, Verna Lee, Yvonne, Stan and Jim. At a young age he met the love of his life, Wanda and after graduating Grant Union High School class of ’51, he married her on March 30, 1952 from the promise of his class ring. Theirs was a true, forever kind of love. Everything he did and every decision he made was for her sake.
Over the 62 years they were married, Grandpa built every home they lived in with his own hands as a faithful protector and provider for his family. In troubled times, they were the ones folks called upon for support. No matter how rough life got, their home always had an open door for family and friends that came to live with them when the need arose. Most dear to their heart was Randy, Grandma’s youngest brother, who they raised as their own son right along with their other children, Cathy, Jim and Jack.
Grandpa was always involved with his family. He showed up for dinner around the table at 5:00 pm, helped with 4-H and FFA projects, and coached championship teams in their baseball and softball leagues. He was loyal to them like he was loyal to the 49er’s. His kids were everything to him, that is of course, until his 9 amazing grandchildren came along: Renea, Terrie, Brian, Char, Tasha, Ashleigh, Eric, Garret and me (Christy). And then came 13 great grandchildren. Here again, Grandpa would be sitting in the stands at our sports games and the seats at dance recitals. He was the first to encourage us and the first to teach us lessons about real life in the real world.
He treasured his family, but he was also a loyal friend to many in the community. Grandma got him a job at Grinnell Fire Protection at the age of 18 where he stayed for 24 years before building Capital Fire Protection with a team of folks that would remain his lasting friends until the very end.
He retired from there in 1995. In 1978 Donly Gray sponsored him into the Lyons Club where he served as President and became a lifelong member. In 2005 he joined the Roseville Elks Club. He loved to serve others in any way he could from building batting cages at Rio Linda High School so his kids could practice to passing out Christmas baskets full of food in the senior citizen apartments every year. He was proud of his community and wanted to see his friends and family
One thing Grandpa always told me was that life is about attitude. And it was through his daily life
his faith in God and his attitude of service, loyalty and grace that showed the rest of us what a true champion he really was. He will be missed on this earth but certainly never forgotten.