Arlene Winifred (Bunker) White

February 11, 1936 ~ July 12, 2022 (age 86)


Arlene Winifred (Bunker) White, 86, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Hutchinson, Kan. Arlene was born Feb. 11, 1936, at Dorrance, Kan., to Thomas and Frances Bunker. She was raised on the family’s farm between Dorrance and Wilson, Kan. She attended school at Dorrance, and graduated as valedictorian of the Dorrance High School class of 1954. During her high school years, she met Albert Leon White, who had been recruited to play football for nearby Bunker Hill High School. They were married on May 27, 1954, and shared 38 years of marriage, until Leon passed away in 1992. They had three children, Sue Jean, Wayne and Sheryl. The young family lived in Liberal, Kan., Guymon, Okla., and Amarillo, Texas, as Leon established his career in the freight business, working for Navajo and then Transcon truck lines. Offered a job with Graves Truck Line, the family moved to McPherson, Kan., where they lived for many years. Arlene worked as the office manager at Graves and Navajo, gaining her experience in the freight business. Arlene and Leon purchased Alexander Truck Line, Lyons, Kan., which they operated for more than 10 years. Arlene later became the executive director of the Lyons Housing Authority, from where she retired. Arlene continued to live independently in Lyons, until her recent move to an assisted living facility in Hutchison, Kan. Arlene was the best mom in the world, and her children were the pride of her life. She always supported them in everything they did; and they could always count on her help in times of trouble. She always enjoyed when her family got together, especially at Christmas. Arlene was a devoted Christian who loved and trusted in God, and she was a member of Lyons United Methodist Church, at Lyons. She especially enjoyed her Bon Ami Sunday school class, and studying the Bible. She and Leon enjoyed fishing together, spending many days on Wilson Lake and Kanopolis Lake. She liked to talk about their trip to Lake Texoma, where they caught many stripers. Throughout the early years, she was a dedicated go-kart mom, attending practically every race that her husband competed in throughout the central U.S, although she didn’t particularly enjoy camping all weekend in the dirty, dusty, noisy pits of the go-kart races. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing, gardening, genealogy and mapping cemeteries. She had served on the boards of Rice County Historical Society and the Lyons Housing Authority, and was treasurer of her Sunday school class during the years she attended. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Leon; her parents; and a brother, Kenneth Bunker. Surviving are her children and their spouses, Sue Jean White and Robert Connor, Bellaire, Texas, Wayne White and Jan Williams, Scranton, Kan., and Sheryl and Darin Clifford, Hutchinson, Kan.; brothers, Keith Bunker (Nancy), Las Vegas, Nev., and Lynn Bunker, Houston, Texas; sister-in-law Claryce Bunker, Salina, Kan.; and grandsons, Jimmy Clifford, Lenexa, Kan. and Andy Clifford, Hutchinson. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and former sister-in-law, Pat Plumhoff, Coweta, Okla. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 18, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church, Lyons. Burial will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday July 18, 2022, at the Dorrance City Cemetery, Dorrance. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M., Sunday, July 17, 2022, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present. The family suggests memorial contributions to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, or memorials can be sent in care of Birzer Funeral Home, 214 West Ave. South, Lyons, KS 67554. Condolences can be left at

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July 17, 2022

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Birzer Funeral Home
214 W. Ave. South
Lyons, Kansas 67554

Funeral Service
July 18, 2022

10:00 AM
United Methodist Church, Lyons
101 South Pioneer
Lyons, Kansas 67554

Graveside Service
July 18, 2022

2:00 PM
Dorrance City Cemetery
Grant Road
Dorrance, KS 67634

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