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Dahlmer Michael White
1948 - 1999
Dahlmer, Camilla, Rupert, Mary Etta, Aaron, Thomas, Thomas A, Jonathan, Samuel, Isaac
The great-grandson of Mary Etta Hartt Dahlmer Michael White was born May 11, 1948, the oldest child of Dahlmer Elder White and Camilla Theresa (Greenlaw) White. 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 served longer than any other GI, from 1968-1972. He later added the confirmation name, “Jacque”, which he chose when marrying his first wife, Barbara Tanney, who was a catholic. He had other marriages, but never any children. The years after Vietnam were difficult for him and he found it difficult to be around people who didn’t understand what he had been through. Mike suffered from PTSD, but eventually found his place with the Vietnam Veterans of America. He formed many lasting friendships and finally seemed at peace with himself. Many of these friends called him “Dale.” It could be confusing to someone meeting him for the first time, hearing him called by different names. 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. He had, for a time, also lived in Maryland and Windsor, Ontario At the age of 49, Mike was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The 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 February 18, 1999, three months before his 51st birthday. He is survived by his parents Dahlmer and Camilla White of Redford, Michigan and siblings Cynthia (Dan) Tanguay of Redford, Michigan; Jill (private); Allison (Brian) Carey of Waterford, Michigan; Chris (Karen) White of Clearwater, Florida; Adrienne (Steve) Kaufman of Novi, Michigan. He leaves behind two aunts and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Livonia, Michigan. It was attended by many of his veteran friends who came from all across the country as well as from Canada. Mike requested the burial of his ashes in the memorial garden at the church. The line as follows: Mary Etta Hartt.> son: Rupert Greenlaw> daughter: Camilla Theresa White> son: Dahlmer Michael White.
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