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James H. White, 81

| December 13, 2019 11:20 AM

James H. White (Jim), 81, of Libby, passed Nov. 8, 2019, at Libby Care Center of natural causes — or a possible car accident!

He was born on July 17, 1938 in Newport, Wash., the oldest son of Jim and Bunnie White. He lived a full and colorful life, and all who knew him would attest to that.

After a short stay in the U.S. Coast Guard, he was honorably discharged — “could not take orders too well,” was how he explained it — and returned to his hometown of Priest River, Idaho. He packed his bag (Arkansas traveler — a brown paper bag) and in 1957 headed for Libby, where he remained until his death.

In 1982 he married Rhonda and had one daughter, Lisa. In 1971, he married Roberta, the results being one daughter, Patricia; 2 pro-tem daughters, Corina and Margret; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He worked as a logger and heavy equipment operator until a job-related incident left him disabled. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, prankster and nickname extraordinaire. If he gave you a moniker, it stuck. Some were good, others, not quite so much.

James was preceded in death by his parents Jim (1951), Bunnie (2001), brother Phill (1998), sister Pat (2003), and wife Roberta.

Survivors include his daughters Lisa of Hamilton; Patricia of Kalispell; brother Hank; and a sister, Linda of Priest River, Idaho.

A far cry from saint, but a legend for certain. He will be missed.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be made to