Robert “Bob” James White
June 30, 1964 – October 2, 2022
Robert James White, surrounded by family and friends, died at his home (“the pink house”) in West St. Paul on October 2. He was 58 years old.
Bob was born in Indianapolis on June 30th, 1964, second-born son to Tom and Darlene White. In 1984 he graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret high school where he excelled in math and was a key member of a winning cross country team. He completed a B.A. degree in Teaching and French at St. John’s University in Collegeville. His college friends fondly recall the twinkle in his eye and his endearing Irish charm. They describe him as incredibly playful, honest and kind-hearted, and note that “his puns and jokes invite us all to delight in what life has to offer, even in difficult times.”
After college, Bob lived in Ireland, Spain and Costa Rica. He had numerous adventures and became an avid biker. Bob excelled in languages, becoming fluent in Spanish and French. These skills led him to a career in international sales for Northern Tool & Equipment.
He met Argerie (Diaz Rojas) at the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. They were married in July 2001, and welcomed their son Kieran in 2003. The three of them enjoyed traveling to Costa Rica and spending time with family there.
Bob was diagnosed with ALS in June 2012. With incredible courage and the support of his wife and son, Bob far outlived his initial prognosis. He quickly became the face of ALS in the Twin Cities area and beyond. He was featured in national videos and interviews and led his team “Pura Vida” at the annual Twin Cities Walk to Defeat ALS. He travelled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for ALS patients.
Bob’s indefatigable spirit was evident throughout his journey. He was always able to crack jokes about his condition. He was known for informing new doctors and caregivers: “I have Lou Gehrig’s disease and I wish I could give it back to him!”
He was an unapologetic punster.
Bob is survived by Argerie and Kieran; his parents Tom and Darlene (Mohrbacher) White; siblings Tim and Karen (partner Jill) and her sons Mac and Morgan and their mother Suzanne Ferguson; brother-in-law Wittman Diaz; sisters-in-law Ariadne Diaz (Jose Daben), Elaine Diaz, Henriette Diaz (Alfonso Molina), Xaire Diaz; niece Noive Daben and nephews Matias Molina and Einar Jenkins; his second family in Spain, the Fernandez Sierra family.
Bob had amazing, loving caregivers: His wife Argerie and son Kieran, along with Jane Miller, Olga Kuzniak, Karen White, Elena Rojas and his devoted caregiver from Lifespark, Charity Doghor. Thank you all.
Special thanks to the ALS Association, the staff at the ALS Clinic at Hennepin County Medical Center, Dakota County Social Services and Team Gleason.
Donations can be made to the ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter.
A memorial service will be held 11 AM Monday October 10, 2022 at the White Funeral Home, 12804 Nicollet Ave S., Burnsville, MN with visitation on Sunday (10/9) from 2-5 PM and 1 hr prior to service. Luncheon to follow after service in lower level Reception Room after funeral service.