ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dr. C. Ronald White Sr. (Ron), joined The Lord and cherished family and friends Wednesday, March 5, 2014 after a brief and unexpected, but severe illness. He was cared for by the ICU staff at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. during his final days. He passed peacefully and quickly, surrounded by his family.

Ron was born July 20, 1941 in Ottawa. He graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School in 1959. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bowling Green State University in 1963. He then graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1967. After completing his internship and psychiatric residency in Columbus, he entered the United States Air Force, moving his family to Tampa, Fla. in 1971 when he was stationed at MacDill AFB. Dr. White served in the USAF for two years before moving to Largo and, eventually, St. Petersburg. He built his private practice and served on staff at a number of hospitals in Pinellas and Manatee Counties in the Tampa Bay area. He retired from his practice in 1998. He remained active in the medical field after retirement, reading and writing articles, maintaining professional relationships, and starting a medical staff recruitment and placement corporation known as Doc-2-Doc.

Ron had many hobbies and passions, in which he included his family and friends. Perhaps his greatest interest was sports. He was a regular at Ohio State Buckeyes and Florida GaOVERSET FOLLOWS:tors football games. He also enjoyed baseball, especially spring training in Florida. Ron also helped coach his sons’ and grandchildren’s youth sports teams and supported their other activities. His other passions included collecting sports memorabilia and stamps, and travel. He also was a member of several community organizations, and volunteered his time at the St. Petersburg Veterans Administration. In his final years, Ron joined a writing group and was editing his first novel shortly before his passing.

Ron is survived by his wife, Patti; former wife, Carol; his three sons, Steve (wife Coleen), Chuck (Charles Ronald Jr.), and Brian (wife Carrie, children Tucker and Elizabeth). He is also survived by his aunt, Rose Williams, of Ottawa, and a great number of cousins and other relatives in Ohio and elsewhere. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rita, aunts, Claire Geier and Jane Weber, and uncles, Joe White and Fr. Paul White.

A memorial service is being planned in Florida, and there may be a celebration for family and friends in Putnam County this summer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where Dr. White was on staff for many years and he received compassion and care in his final days. St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 7th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.

He was cared for by the ICU staff at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. during his final days. He passed peacefully and quickly, surrounded by his family.

Ron was born July 20, 1941 in Ottawa. He graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School in 1959. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bowling Green State University in 1963. He then graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1967. After completing his internship and psychiatric residency in Columbus, he entered the United States Air Force, moving his family to Tampa, Fla. in 1971 when he was stationed at MacDill AFB. Dr. White served in the USAF for two years before moving to Largo and, eventually, St. Petersburg. He built his private practice and served on staff at a number of hospitals in Pinellas and Manatee Counties in the Tampa Bay area. He retired from his practice in 1998. He remained active in the medical field after retirement, reading and writing articles, maintaining professional relationships, and starting a medical staff recruitment and placement corporation known as Doc-2-Doc.

Ron had many hobbies and passions, in which he included his family and friends. Perhaps his greatest interest was sports. He was a regular at Ohio State Buckeyes and Florida GaOVERSET FOLLOWS:tors football games. He also enjoyed baseball, especially spring training in Florida. Ron also helped coach his sons’ and grandchildren’s youth sports teams and supported their other activities. His other passions included collecting sports memorabilia and stamps, and travel. He also was a member of several community organizations, and volunteered his time at the St. Petersburg Veterans Administration. In his final years, Ron joined a writing group and was editing his first novel shortly before his passing.

Ron is survived by his wife, Patti; former wife, Carol; his three sons, Steve (wife Coleen), Chuck (Charles Ronald Jr.), and Brian (wife Carrie, children Tucker and Elizabeth). He is also survived by his aunt, Rose Williams, of Ottawa, and a great number of cousins and other relatives in Ohio and elsewhere. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rita, aunts, Claire Geier and Jane Weber, and uncles, Joe White and Fr. Paul White.

A memorial service is being planned in Florida, and there may be a celebration for family and friends in Putnam County this summer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where Dr. White was on staff for many years and he received compassion and care in his final days. St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 7th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.