Grant Donald White

September 01, 1933 - March 24, 2024


Obituary For Grant Donald White

SUN PRAIRIE – Grant Donald White, age 90, passed away at Home Again Memory Care in Columbus on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Don was born on September 1, 1933, in Madison, WI to Grant and June White. He grew up in Middleton and graduated from Middleton High School in 1951. He enlisted in the US Navy from May 27, 1952, to May 21, 1956, and again February 17, 1964, to June 16, 1966. Don married JoAnn McDermott on July 10, 1965, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Madison. After marriage they relocated to Sun Prairie and raised three boys. He worked at Oscar Mayer, retiring after 27 years. Don was a member of the Madison Moose Lodge from 1965 and served as Governor for Lodge 1451 from 1985 until 1986. In 1997 he attained The Pilgrim Degree of Merit which is the highest honor that can be granted to a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. Don enjoyed bowling, watching sports, attending his grandkids’ events, and listening to all music, country and western. He always wanted to be kept in the loop with what was going on with everyone.

Don is survived by his son, Patrick (Ilene), Michael (Joanel), and Brian (Annie Wucker); grandchildren, Andrew (Savannah), Elizabeth, Nicole, and Brandon; and brother, Bert Thompson. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Grant White and June (Kenneth) Thompson; wife of 57 years, JoAnn; sisters, Betty (Rex) Barker and Colleen (George) Hove; several nieces and nephews; and dogs, Rockey and Charlie.

A funeral service, concluding with Full Military Honors, will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison. A visitation will be held on Saturday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Monona.

The family would like to thank the staff at Prairie Gardens in Sun Prairie, Home Again Memory Care in Columbus, and Agrace Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

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2418 N. Sherman Avenue



30 Mar


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30 Mar

Funeral Service

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Ryan Funeral Homes - Madison North East 2418 N. Sherman Avenue Madison, WI 53704 Get Directions »
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  • April 01, 2024

    We send our deepest sympathy on your loss on an incredible father, grandfather, uncle and friend in Don. Thank you for sharing his life with the Moose Fraternity all these years. His wisdom, generous heart and spirit of service blessed so many, including the children at Mooseheart and seniors at Moosehaven. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you during this difficult time.

  • March 27, 2024

    I remember years ago of my Father Don Beck working with Grant at Oscar Mayers. Offering my condolences to all of you. Thoughts and prayers. Kristin (Beck) Holmes

  • March 26, 2024

    I am sorry to hear of uncle Don's passing. Sending warm wishes your way. Melissa (Hove) McGuffin

  • March 26, 2024

    Jim, Payton and I send our heart-felt condolences to all of you while you celebrate Uncle Don's life and his journey home. Unfortunately, we will be out of town this weekend, but will keep you close in our thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. Uncle Don.

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