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Wayne D. White, 85

Wayne D. White, age 85, of Plum City, Wis., formerly of Hastings, Minn., died Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City.

Wayne was born on Jan. 31, 1926, on the home farm in Maiden Rock. He was the son of Merton and Esther (Haglund) White. Wayne grew up in the Maiden Rock area, attended the 16th School near Lund, and graduated from Maiden Rock High School. After school, Wayne joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and served stateside. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Wayne married Elaine Shelstad on Nov. 22, 1952. After marriage, Wayne worked for the hardware store in Spring Valley before moving to Hastings where he worked at Primus TV shop in Red Wing, Minn. Wayne retired from Carlson's Sporting & Appliance in Red Wing in 1989. After the passing of his wife, Elaine, in 1996, Wayne moved to Plum City, where he remained the rest of his life.

Wayne loved to play cards, go golfing, fishing, bowling, woodworking, gardening, and traveling with friends. He was a member of the Plum City American Legion Post #365. Most of all, Wayne enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Wayne is survived by his children, Bruce (Cheryll) of Hugo, Minn., Barry (Adele) of Plum City, and Becky (Brian) Skog of Cottage Grove, Minn.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Laverne (Virginia) White of Plum City; one sister, Joyce "Ducky" Schultz of Minneapolis, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine; one grandson, Merton Jacob White; two brothers, Russell and Merlin White; two sisters, Harriet Kahabka and Violet Olson; and a best friend, Gordon Rothe.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the Lund Mission Covenant Church in Lund. Rev. Lloyd Johnson and Rev. Greg Satterberg will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at