Richard H White

Nov 18, 1955 – Apr 29, 2019

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Richard (Rick) H. White, 63, of Seattle, WA, passed away on April 29, 2019 after a long and varied battle with his health. He is survived by his wife, Tula Urdaz-White, and their much-loved daughter, Jessica Danielle, also of Seattle; sister Nellie White of Pineville, NC; brothers Luther (Wanda) White of Palm Coast, FL and Charles White of Springfield, MA. Rick was proceeded in death by his parents, Luther and Mattie (Sherard) White and brother, Maurice White. Rick also leaves behind three nieces, three nephews and countless cousins.

Born in Springfield, MA on November 18, 1955, Rick joined the Army at age 17 and served as a medic, which included a turn in South Korea. Rick eventually returned to Springfield, where he and Tula met and 8 years later, married and had Jessica. They moved to Seattle in late 1989.

Rick worked in retail for a while, but ultimately joined and enjoyed driving for King Country Metro bus service until his medical issues took over in 2014.

Rick explored a number of artistic pursuits including reading, painting, billiards, bowling, photography (just to compete with Jessica), target shooting and especially playing jazz piano (he actually took a portable keyboard on the bus to practice during breaks!). He enjoyed attending live jazz concerts and one of his favorite memories was going to a small venue for a Prince concert with Jessica.

Though a generally quiet, introverted man (some might say cranky), Rick would show his sense of humor (and marshmallow insides) to those closest to him. He was a fast friend and protector, particularly of his family and friends.

We will go on, but know that you will be with us in our hearts every day.

Rick left us in the manner he wanted – peacefully at home in bed, and wearing no pants.

No services are planned at this time.


Littlebrave Beaston
Austin, Texas
Jul 13, 2019

I am just hearing that Rick has gone to Heaven.Tula, sorry for your loss. Rick was a dear and sweet man, always wanting to build community, taking the time to have lunch or coffee with folks. What a nice manner he had. I shall remember him fondly! You and your daughter and Rick are in my prayers.

K. Williams
Natchez, MS
Jun 16, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please keep in mind that God will heal your broken hearts and will strengthen you during this difficult time. (Psalm 147:3) To find out more regarding the hope for the dead, visit and search “death”.

James Lewis
Pittsburgh, PA
May 14, 2019

Godspeed, Rick. You were a wonderful husband and father. The world is a better place for having you visit us.

Nellie White
Pineville, NC
May 12, 2019

Tula, so sorry for your loss, but my mostly I want to thank you for all of the love you gave and shared with my brother. My prayer for both you and Jessica is to stay strong, keep going and live your lives your way, Richard did and I am so happy that you allowed him to be himself no matter what! Stay strong and, keep the faith. I love you and Jessica,

Don't forget I am only a phone call away, your big sister Nell.

Patricia Mallinson
Seattle, WA
May 12, 2019

Tula, I was so sorry to learn from Margaret about Rick's passing. I'm thinking of you and Jessica and wishing you comfort.

My deepest sympathies,


Charles White
Springfield, Massachusetts
May 12, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I still have not come to grips that he is gone. Growing up we were very close and did a lot of things together. I am glad to know he did not suffer in the end.I thank you for the love you showed him. I know he loved you and Jessica very much.

I am hoping we can get together soon and really celebrate his life. If you ever need anything let me know. Love you.

Your Brother Charles

Jennifer Reynols
Olympia, WA
May 10, 2019

So many memories bowling and exchanging bad jokes.

Nolan Lehman
seattle, WA
May 9, 2019

Very nice Tula. Captured Rick as well as your sense of humor. Hugs to you and Jessica.


Sara Elward
Tacoma, WA
May 9, 2019

Love and strength

Tula Urdaz-White
Seattle , Wa
May 9, 2019

Thank you all for your ki d condolences.

Olivia San Diego
Seattle, WA
May 9, 2019

Diana Anderson
Winnetka , Ca
May 9, 2019

My deepest consoluance.

Jay Parikh
Herndon, VA
May 9, 2019

Deepest condolences.

Amelia Moradian
Shoreline, WA
May 9, 2019

Raymond Abraham
Atwater, CA
May 9, 2019

My love and heart is with you all as you said he wanted to go his way and he was always a good husband to you girl

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