Wallace Lee "Wally" White was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He grew up as one of three sons, graduated from Warren High School, then attended Butler University in Indiana for two years.
In 1950, Wally was drafted into the Army and deployed to Seoul, Korea. He was honorably discharged when the tour was complete.
In 1957, Wally graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Psychology; he was soon employed by Omar Bakery as Personnel Manager.
In 1959, Wally was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska, continuing as Personnel Manager, for Continental Baking Company (CBC). In 1962, he was again transferred, this time to Denver, Colorado where he chose to live the remainder of his life. Wally retired from CBC after 35 years as Human Resources Manager, a role he used as an opportunity to help others transform their lives.
Music was integral to Wally's life. He played trombone in High School, the Army Band, and in the marching band at Capital University where he met his wife Sylvia Ann Meyer as they played trombone together in the marching band. After college, he played trombone in the Denver Concert Band, and passed along his love of the instrument and passion for youths by teaching many young people to play. Singing also brought joy to Wally who sang tenor in the Colorado Chorale for 22 years, in a Men's Quartet, and in the Chancel Choir of his church. He also enjoyed touring on his bike, and woodworking.
Wally leaves behind a legacy of deep faith in our loving God that grounded the provision of a stable home where all of his family's needs were met. His survivors include his beloved wife, Sylvia, of 64 years, daughters Karen White and Kathryn (Patrick) Dorbin, grandsons Eric (Lauren) Dorbin, Benjamin Dorbin, and Daniel (Joanna) Dorbin; his brothers John White (DeLand, Florida) and Joseph White (Indianapolis, Indiana). Wally's parents, Joseph Lee Nelson White and Helen Shilling White, predeceased him.
Wally died comfortably in the compassionate care of Lutheran Hospice's Collier Inpatient Center staff. Wally's Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10001 W 58th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado, 80002. Donations may be made to King of Glory Lutheran Church in Arvada, CO, and/or to Lutheran Hospice at the Collier Inpatient Center.