Eugene “Gene” H. White, 62, of Unity, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Gene was born in Houlton on March 1, 1949 to Herman and Catherine (McAvoy) White.

He married his high school sweetheart, Donna M. Cummings, on July 18, 1970. Five days later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received while serving his country, and received an honorable discharge.

The couple moved to Unity in 1971 where Gene graduated from Unity College with a degree is Forestry.

His love for the woods began at an early age, working alongside his dad in the woods in and around Benedicta. There he learned lifelong lessons and skills that served him greatly, especially after losing a limb in his early 20s and depending on an artificial leg the rest of his life.

His love for his family, his passion for working in the woods, and the care he gave to his friends made his life complete.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Donna White of Unity; daughters and sons-in-law Carmen and Kent Moshier of Cushing, Regina Anne and Shawn Holland of Gorham and Melissa and Rocy Pillsbury of Thorndike; grandchildren Dustin, Elizabeth, Liam, Richard and Maxximus; sisters and brothers-in-law Mary and James Ingalls of Greene, Anne Regina Thomas of Decatur, Ga., Christine and Carroll Boyd of Cheverly, Md. and Angela and Robert Hanson of Bangor; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; and special cousins, Steve and Dean.

Loved ones who passed before him are his parents; brother, Timothy White; and three grandsons, Joshua, Marcus and Brydon White.

A celebration of Gene’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from 6-9 p.m. at Rita’s Catering and Event Center, 327 Main St. (Route 202/9) in Unity.

Gene was a generous and giving man, always helping those in need. In honor of his memory, the family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, PO Box 175, Unity, ME 04988.

Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.