Eugene (Gene) D. White II, age 64, of White Lake, MI passed away unexpectedly while attending a conference in Honolulu, Hawaii September 20, 2022. Gene was a husband, father and grandfather as well as an internationally known entomologist working in the field of pest management He was born October 24, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio to Eugene White and Marjorie (Essex) White. Gene earned a degree in biology from Glenville State College and a Masters of Science in entomology from Purdue University. Gene spent almost 30 years at Rose Pest Solutions in Troy, MI where he served as Director of Education & Training before moving onto Rentokil-Initial where he became the Director of Global Vector Management and coordinated their pest management efforts in the area of public health around the world. Gene was known as someone people naturally gravitated to. He was always smiling, universally friendly and larger than life. Gene found great pleasure in bringing joy to other people’s days by making them smile and getting them to laugh. He was admired by his colleagues for his infectious enthusiasm for entomology and for his fun, interactive training sessions which extended into the community. Gene was a skilled outdoorsman and found great joy in hunting and fishing. He loved football, cooking, photography, being outdoors, and most importantly, his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Janet; his daughters: Kyle White and Karey White; his step-children: Chris (Kerri Johnson) Raymond, Ryan (Taylor) Muglia, Kelly (Shane) Anderson, his grandchildren: Kensley, Kerristen, Kaliana; his step-grandchildren: Samantha, Haley, Carley, Gavin, Omni, Ocean, and Satori; his siblings, Mary Beth Robertson, Dean White, and April White-Perkins. Gene was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelsey White in 2020, his parents, and his brother, David White.
Memorial donations may be given to Purdue University Entomology Department.
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