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Bruce Lilburn White, 75, of Holden, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at his home, following an extended illness.

Bruce was born August 22, 1946 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, the son of Huston and Roma (Williams) White.

He graduated from Holden High School. From the age of seven, when he was put on a tractor, Bruce farmed. He helped his family farm in the Hardin/Richmond area prior to moving to Holden in 1961.

In addition to farming, Bruce also drove an over-the-road semi.

He would only leave the field for his son’s little league baseball games in years past, or tractor pulls.

He was united in marriage to Shirley Y. Braden on June 26, 1993, in Holden.

Survivors include his loving wife, Shirley; son, Eric White of Chilhowee, MO; daughter-in-heart, Pilar White of Chilhowee, MO; stepdaughter, Sabrina Rasa of Myrtle Beach, SC; stepson, Frank Thomas (Valerie) of St. Joseph, MO; five grandchildren, Tiffany, Justin, Jonathan, Joshua and Ashley; great-granddaughter, Peyton Taylor Rasa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Rowland.

A Funeral Service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, at the First Christian Church in Holden, with Rev. Tim Whitmore officiating.

Interment followed at New Liberty Cemetery, near Magnolia. Pallbearers were Eric White, Ronnie Hull, Ronnie Greene, Art Sims, Larry Hines and J.C. McLennon. Honorary Pallbearer was Phil King.

The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

Memorial contributions are suggested to New Liberty Cemetery Association or First Christian Church.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

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