After their marriage in Shelby, Mich., on August 29, 1959, Patrick and Marlene White moved to Portage for the next 13 years. While living in Portage, they had two children: Tammy (White) Clubb and Timothy White. In 1973 they moved to Pavilion Township and have resided there since. They are very close to and proud of their children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
They celebrated 60 years of marriage at a family dinner party in August.
Marlene worked as a server at Bill Knapp’s restaurant for 20 years and spent 13 years as a salesperson at J C Penney. Before retiring in December of 2002, she was top salesperson for three years.
Pat entered the life insurance business at age 21 and has spent 59 years as an Independent Agent. He also served as Supervisor of Pavilion Township for 36 years. He was President of the Michigan Township Association in 2001, representing over 6,500 township officials throughout the state. Pat retired as supervisor in December 2017 but retains his insurance license.
Over the years the couple have enjoyed traveling, boating on Lake Michigan and snowmobiling. Now they’re happy to spend time with their growing family.