Abner White, 98

Abner White, 98, of New Providence, IA, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Calvin Community in Des Moines, IA, where he had resided for the past year.

Funeral services for Ab will be held on Friday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church in New Providence, IA. Burial will follow in the New Providence Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Honey Creek New Providence Church or New Providence Renewal Community, Inc.

Boeke Funeral Home of Hubbard is in charge of arrangements.

For more information and online condolences go to: www.boekefuneralhomes.com

Abner “Ab” Bernard White was born in Marshall County, September 11, 1918, to Elwood and Grace Moon White. When he was two, he moved with his parents and sister to the farm north of New Providence where his mother was raised. Abner attended New Providence Consolidated School and graduated from there in 1936. He loved sports, playing both basketball and baseball in high school and at Iowa State College where he studied agriculture.

Abner returned to New Providence to begin farming. After several years dating Pauline Nance, also from New Providence, Abner drove through a blinding snowstorm to Chicago where Pauline had been working and brought her home to marry him on February 22, 1941. They settled into the hard work and busy life of farming. On this farm, south of New Providence, they raised two children, Andrea and Stuart. In 1969, fire consumed their farmhouse. Abner and Pauline lived in a mobile home for two years until a new home was built on the farm at the north edge of New Providence where Abner had been raised. Abner and Pauline enjoyed married life for 73 years before Pauline died in 2014.

Abner fed beef cattle. As a youth, he enjoyed showing cattle at the county fair and state fair, earning Grand Champion honors twice at the county fair and first place at the State Fair. He continued to enjoy the State Fair and went every year until he was in his 90’s.

Horses were another love of his. He raised ponies and horses during his farming years and continued this hobby after he retired. He enjoyed going to horse sales and spending time with his riding and driving horses.

Abner and Pauline traveled to most of the 50 states, Guatemala and England. Upon retirement, they spent time in Arizona during the winter months, went on fishing trips with friends, golfed, played cards and joined several bus trips to Branson for the Christmas shows.

Abner was active in the Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church and various community activities. He and Pauline enjoyed supporting the youth of the community by attending their sports activities and other events.

Abner loved children and enjoyed spending time with his two grandsons. John and David remember the visits to the farm as special times. He and Pauline often took care of small children of family and friends. He was a tease and loved a good joke.

Abner is survived by his daughter, Andrea (Jack) Holveck, of Des Moines, and two grandsons, John (Davel), recently of Vientiane, Laos; and David (Nikki), of Ankeny.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline; his parents; his sister, Lois, his son, Stuart and an infant grandson.