Richard Allen White, 73, of Franklin, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.
Rick was born in Detroit, Michigan on Nov. 23, 1947. He was the son of the late Harold and Darline (Garneau) White. He married Barbara (Adams) on Feb, 2, 1980, in Dearborn, Michigan.
He attended Cherry High School in Inkster, Michigan. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966 and served his country until he retired in 1978 with the rank of technical sergeant.
After the Air Force, he began his career as an electrical engineer for General Motors, where he worked for eight years and received many design patents. In 1987, Rick took a position with Saturn and later relocated to Franklin in 1993. He retired in 1998.
Rick was a musician and played the saxophone. As a 15-year-old, he joined the band Jeff and the Atlantics. In 2017, they were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. He loved boating and spent many summers fishing, water skiing and tubing.
Rick is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Barbara White; children Sean White, Khalid Amer (Cori) and John Amer (Amy); brother, Scott White; brother-in-law, Jeff Adams (Joyce); nephew, Justin White; nieces Amy McDonald (Aaron), Lori Adams and Jill Biga (Mike); and grandchildren Ayden White, Maddi Amer, Joe Amer, Jack Amer, Katelyn Amer, Kate Amer, Jacob Amer and Ally Amer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold White; mother, Darline White; and brother, Terry White.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, with a visitation one hour prior to service. Pastor Kurtis Ullein will officiate.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to The American Heart Association, which Rick has been supporting for many years, in loving memory of Richard Allen White.
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, www.williamsonmemorial.com