In Memory

Peter White


August 4, 1954 ~ March 12, 2017




Peter Edwin White, 62, passed away on Sunday March 12, 2017. Pete was born in Jackson County, Missouri in 1954 to Edwin and Mildred White. He grew up in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School where he was captain of the swim team. In 1977, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and son-in-law. He is survived by his wife of 33 years Kathleen White, their children: James (Elizabeth) White and Jessica (Craig) Odell; by his grandchildren: Sophia and Charlotte Odell, in-laws James & Diana Blizzard, his sister Cathy White, and several cousins, and sister/ brothers-in law, nieces and nephews. His mother and father, beloved grandparents, and brother-in law Greg, preceded him in death.

Pete was a believer, a master scuba diver and sailor, a philosopher with a brilliant intellect, a youth basketball coach, and a trusted friend to many. He had a special gift with animals and love for young children who were always drawn to him. He was widely known for his compassionate and kind heart.

His 35-year career as a construction project manager and estimator included owning his own business on the central coast of California where he raised his family. He was president of the San Luis Obispo Contractor's Association and active in the organization in various roles for over 15 years.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7th at Forestgate Presbyterian Church, 970 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, with a reception immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission.



Published in The Gazette on Apr. 5, 2017

If you knew Peter and would like to place a kind memory here, please follow the instructions on this page (click on "post comment"). 

Mac McDaniel and Jan Klein, Site Administrators

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05/22/17 11:41 AM #1    

Randy Stringer

 Besides being a classmates, Peter and I were both in Boy Scout Troop 3093 together. He always cracked me up .His smile and demeanor were very contagious, I have to chuckle every time I think about the pranks we did in scouts , that we probably shouldn't have.  Those memories are awesome and Peter will be truly missed .

05/23/17 09:27 AM #2    

Cindy Dubbert

Peter was such an awesome person.  I had the pleasure of going to school with him during all of my elementry through high school years.  He and Mike McNichols were always doing something together.  One of the situations I have always remembered, was at Nieman elementary when we were doing the class play "Sleeping Beauty".  Of course Peter was the prince!  In the most major scene, Peter was to kiss Sleeping Beauty played by Jennifer Norris.  Ehhh.... Peter wanted to know if he had to actually do it - way did he want to kiss any girl!!  We got a chuckle out of him trying to avoid having to "kiss" her.  

What a great loss to society.  Peter, you will be missed.

05/23/17 09:32 AM #3    

Richard Randolph

Pete and I were great friends in SMNW.  We competed in the same events on the Swim Team and hung out after school and on the weekends.  I had just moved into the Shawnee Mission School District right before the start of my junior year and Pete pulled me in and got me involved in the school social life.  We enjoyed ourselves and did our best to avoid getting in trouble  and mostly succeeded.  I would visit him on breaks from my east coast schooling and keep in close touch until I was stationed in Europe.  After my return, we still managed to get together occasionally when he was in California and Colorado.  He was a very generous friend with his time and his support.  He brought joy to all of us with his slightly mischevious spirit.  His loss hurts all who knew him but we are left with the memories of a wonderful friend.  We lift up his family and friends in this time of loss.

05/24/17 02:09 PM #4    

Ronald Poplau

Death never comes at a good time.  When it is someone we know, it takes on a greater sadness.  As you might remember, I was at NW when it opened and just retired.  I have always considered my students to be part of my family.  Peter was a devoted cougar.  I always remember my students each night in prayer.  May God bless you all and especially for the memories Peter has left us.

Ronald W. Poplau


05/25/17 08:06 AM #5    

Michael McNichols

Gosh, where to start?  Pete was the first person I met in the neighborhood when my family moved to Shawnee.  Pete and I were 5 years old.  We spent a lot of time together as we progressed through the school years.  Like a couple of curious cubs, we went through one experience after another.  I look back on those formative years with fond affection and Pete remains as a treasure in my heart for all that he added to my life over the years.  As with everyone I’ve known, the warm feelings and happy memories seem as fresh as they were at the time they were realized.  Thanks Pete…

05/29/17 01:45 PM #6    

Dennis "Mac" McDaniel

Since posting the sad news of Peter’s death, I have been receiving requests on the cause of this sudden and sad event.  Apparently, it was caused by pneumonia which went untreated, causing pulmonary embolism.  Peter died in his sleep at home. 

Take comfort from Psalms 34:18-"God is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit he saves". My sincere condolences to the family and friends.

05/30/17 09:18 PM #7    

Cindy Dubbert


Thank you for following through with this.  With his athletic and active background, a sudden death burdens our hearts.  Again, thank you.

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