Dahlmer Michael White was born May 11, 1948. Growing up he was called “Mike” to make a distinction between father and son. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the army and was soon sent to Vietnam. He later added the confirmation name, “Jacque” after his first marriage. The years after Vietnam were difficult for him and he found it hard to be around people who didn’t understand what he had been through. Mike suffered from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but eventually found his place with the Vietnam Veterans of America. He formed many lasting friendships and finally seemed at peace with himself. He was self-employed for much of his life, later working for the Roberts Express Company in Michigan, where he lived most of his life. At the age of 49 Mike was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Cancer progressed quickly, but Mike was able to call and visit many people to say goodbye before it robbed him of the ability to communicate. His parents and siblings cared for him until his death at the age of 50 on Feb. 18, 1999, three months before his 51st birthday. Mike’s ashes were buried in the Memorial Garden at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Livonia. Michigan
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