Pat White, 63, of Billings, died on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, after a long illness. He was born on Sept. 8, 1948, in Billings, to Albert and Amanda (Hanson) White.
Pat was raised in Billings and attended Little Flower Elementary School and Billings West High School. It was at West High that Pat met his high school sweetheart, Kay (Petersen) White. During their 17-year marriage, two children were born and raised, Chris and Dawn.
Pat owned his own business and was very proud of that achievement. He related well with his clients, made friends easily, and enjoyed visiting with them as he traveled. He had nicknames for everyone and certain phrases were a part of his daily life that he will be remembered for. Shucks, oh dear, Pat could sell ice to an Eskimo! Pat enjoyed the gifts that Montana offered of hunting, fishing (especially his dream rivers in White Sulphur Springs), riding motorcycles and snowmobiling. He had a love of sports and coaching baseball. His favorite teams were the Lakers, Packers and Yankees. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for years. Health issues began a slowdown of Pat's life and social interactions with others, but one thing remained constant with Pat — he loved his children and grandchildren very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Wayne Scharosh.
Pat is survived by his son, Chris (Kim) White; daughter, Dawn (Rick) Lee; grandchildren, Kenzie, Randi, Karson and Tiana White and Kaycee and Johnathon Lee; sister, Sharon Scharosch; and nieces, Lynn Gustin, Michele Johnson and their families.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial mass for Pat will be at Little Flower Church on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at 1 p.m. Rite of committal of his ashes will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery next to his mother and father.
A special thank you to the staff at St. Vincent Hospital for the care they gave our dad and to Rocky Mountain Hospice for their compassion and help during our dad's last days.
Memorial contributions can be made to Little Flower Church, 3411 Third Ave. S., Billings, MT 59101, or Knights of Columbus, 2216 Grand Ave., Billings, MT 59102.
Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family through "Our Families" at www.cfgbillings.com.
"By the way, have a gosh darn good day!" ~Pat White~