Donald Robert White

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:45pm

Donald Robert White, of Ithaca, N.Y., passed away at the Hospicare residence on July 12, 2018.

Born in Batavia, New York, in 1931, Donald served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, and was stationed in North Africa. Donald attended the University of Houston, and then worked in industrial sales for oil companies until he was fortunate enough to be able to retire early in his 40s.

Donald earned his private pilot’s license in 1963 and was an enthusiastic and accomplished airplane pilot of both power and sail planes.

After retirement, he divided his time between Block Island, R.I. and his lake home in Ithaca, NY. He and his wife spent a portion of each year traveling in their motor home.

Donald is survived by his wife, Nonie H.D. White; his son, Lawrence D. White, of Trumansburg; his stepson, Sean Paul Dillman, of Waterloo, New York; stepdaughter, Tara Dillman Sanderson, of Arizona; and his brother, James L. White, of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Burial will be at a later date on Block Island, R.I. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tompkins County SPCA or the Salvation Army.

For additional information, please contact the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at (888) 534-5446 or