Royal A. White

April 12, 1956 - December 29, 2019

Royal A. White


Royal A. White, 63, of Caledonia, IL passed away on December 29, 2019 in Rochester, MN surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 12, 1956 in Belvidere, IL to Royal and Helen (Schmitt) White. Royal married his sweetheart, Rose Ann Cordray, on October 17, 1987 in the Fisher Memorial Chapel in Rockford, IL. After graduating high school, Royal joined the Belvidere Police Department and faithfully served this city for 34 years. He later attended the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Royal was a member of the Blue Knights and the Illinois Police Association. He was a Hunter Safety Instructor, a Master Firearms Instructor, and was a founding member of the Belvidere SWAT Team. Royal enjoyed spending time at the shooting range (including instructing), hunting, cheering on his favorite teams, the Cubs and Bears, canoeing, white-water rafting, and bowling. But most importantly, he loved spending time with family and facetiming his grandkids.

Royal was an amazing man and always put others needs before his own. He will be truly missed by those who knew him. His family will forever be grateful for his donors that gave him his last thirty-one years of memories with family and friends.

Royal will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Rose Ann; his mother, Helen; his children, Christina (Patrick) Gunn and Rebecca (Jeremy) Perry; his brothers and sisters, Gordy (Debra) White, Russ (Darlene) White, Kathy White-Wise, Jacqui (Don) Frederick, Patrick and Sandy Cordray, Mary and Bret Fidder, and Fran and Karrie Cordray; his grandchildren, Lincoln Gunn, Elliott Gunn, Beau (fur baby), and one on the way; his nieces and nephews, Melissa, Jason, Kelsey, Karli, Jamie, Kassidy, Camron, Cody, Genna, Renee, Mitch, Brian, Michael, Chase, and Emslee; and his chosen family, Steve and Magnolia Jones, Pam and Valerie Coduto, and Craig and Cindy Wilcox.

He was preceded in death by his father, Royal; his mother-in-law, Therese Cordray; his grandparents; and his best friend, John Coduto.

The visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL, 61008. The memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services. The burial will take place at Highland Garden of Memories. Pastor Brian Phillips will be officiating. Any memorial contributions in Royal’s name may be gifted to the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, MN. To light a candle or write a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Saturday, January 4, 2020
9:00 am - 10:45 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


The visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services.

Saturday, January 4, 2020
11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


The memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Highland Garden of Memories

The burial will take place at Highland Garden of Memories.

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i’m living in FL now. Just came across this sad news. He will be remembered as a friend of many and served Belvidere, IL with respect!

Bertijo Thornton 2020-08-12T14:02:11

I just found out on your passing Royal. We spent our senior year of High School at Rockford Vo-tech. In 1978 you served as my best man at my wedding. I will always remember you as a kind and wonderful person. I know you will be missed all that knew you. RIP my friend I will see later and we can catch up again.

Douglas Wood 2020-01-10T13:36:39

Sorry for your loss.
Prayers for the family.

Randy High 2020-01-05T09:21:51

Jacqui, I did not know Royal but after reading his obituary I know he was a good man and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cathy Goad 2020-01-04T19:37:53

Rose Ann & family. Doc & I ate sorry to hear about Royal. What a good man who was a friend to all. He will be missed.

Dr..Kent & Marilyn Hess 2020-01-03T22:58:08

We are so very sorry to hear of your untimely loss! Our prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

Gunn Family 2020-01-03T16:04:52

My condolences and prayers for all of Royal’s family. Royal will be missed but remembered and loved by many. ❤️

Dave Greve 2020-01-02T22:09:34

So sorry to hear of Royal’s passing. Many prayers for Royal and the family.. RIP Royal I know you will be missed but always remembered..

Michael Fish 2020-01-02T20:00:30

Rose Ann & family,
I was so sorry to read of Royal’s passing, thinking of you and all your family with many prayers! He was an amazing man and will be missed by many!!

Marcia Henneberry 2020-01-02T18:34:28

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Royal was a part of my growing up and was always cleverly hilarious. Got us out of trouble. And will be sadly missed. I’m so sorry for you loss.

Jeannie Johnson 2020-01-02T13:27:57

Dear Rose and Family – Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Keep your memories close till you meet again.
With Deepest Sympathy – The Mechler Family

Kathy M Mechler 2020-01-02T12:15:23

Rose & family,

We are so sorry for your loss what a huge loss to our community. May God hold you in his loving arms during this most difficult time.

The Daniels' family 2020-01-02T10:16:59

So sad to see your family’s great loss. He was a very Cool guy!
I met him when I worked @ Farm & Fleet after I graduated high school.

Rob Waterman 2020-01-02T06:39:26

So very sorry for your loss.

Donna Alty 2020-01-01T21:42:13

Rose and family so sorry for your lost, Sgt will be missed. He was a good man with a big heart. I wish I could be there with you in your time of lost. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love, LB

Leon J Berry 2020-01-01T10:52:17

My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family! Royal, just like his father, was a great man! I knew him as a cop & I knew him as a family member. (I was married to James White). He was one of the best! Sending lots of love, and I am so sorry for your loss! May God hold him and comfort him and give him peace until one day we may see him again!

DeAnna (Hyde) Koruba 2020-01-01T09:57:30

Rose Ann and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Royal was such a great cop and a really wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sandy Pearson-Anderson 2020-01-01T08:37:41

So very sorry for your loss. He will sincerely be missed. Sending hugs and prayers

Julie Engelsen Nelson 2020-01-01T08:24:55

To the family and all that knew Royal.
Our prayers and condolences, Royal was a good man glad to have known him.
May he be at peace.

Jerry Lease 2020-01-01T01:40:38

Thoughts and prayers to all of the family.

Debbie Reints 2020-01-01T00:06:26

Rose Ann and Rebecca and Jeremy, Rube and I have kept you at the front of our minds for some time now. We will continue to pray for you in the coming days. God be with all of you.

Roger Martin 2019-12-31T21:43:37

So sorry for your loss

Sherry Uhlir 2019-12-31T20:55:30

We were Boy Scouts together. Great memories of camping, hiking, and canoeing.

Larry Reagan 2019-12-31T19:23:59

Royal was a great Police Officer, Police Sergeant and Detective and SWAT team leader. Royal gave much to the city of Belvidere.

Rest in Peace
Sgt. Max Mindar (retired)

Max Mindar 2019-12-31T18:58:21

Lost but never forgotten rest in peace sir

Peter & karen Avery 2019-12-31T18:28:52

are prayers and thoughts are with you..

Darlene Lindberg 2019-12-31T17:30:05

So sorry to see Royal passed away, many years as a teenager he was a great guy, then to get to work with him for the 17 with the FD. So long my friend. You were really a great person. So very sorry for the family.

Tracey Swanson 2019-12-31T17:09:45

What an incredible guy. So sorry for your loss. Praying God blesses you with comfort, peace, and a million happy memories of this great man.

Lori Ann and Doug Williams 2019-12-31T17:05:59

Rose, so sorry to hear about Royal. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to you and your family.

Becky& Don Bottcher 2019-12-31T16:42:34

My condolences go out to you and your family Roseann.I’m very saddened of Royals passing. We have shared many good times together and he will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family.😥

Ron bertram 2019-12-31T16:40:40

Rose Ann and White Family,
I am saddened to hear of Royal’s passing! He was a big part of what was a wonderful childhood! His kindness and laid back personality was always so welcoming despite my being the youngest! Now he has moved on to a better place. Until we meet again Royal! Praying for you Rose and the rest of the family!!

John Thoms 2019-12-31T16:15:03

Sending sympathy and prayers for all of the White families. God bless.

Diane Baird 2019-12-31T16:13:19

So sorry for your loss. Royal was a wonderful person. In our prayers Brad, Brenda, Ben and Brandon Fidder

Brenda Fidder 2019-12-31T16:08:34

To the entire White family, I am so sad to hear of Royal’s passing. I have many fond memories of him and all of you from back in the day. Sincere condolences.

Debbie Canode Stacionis 2019-12-31T15:17:57

My condolences to all the family

Sue Appleby 2019-12-31T15:00:08

Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to the family

Tom jenkins 2019-12-31T14:48:35

My prayers and condolences to Royal’s family. He will be missed

James Emanuel 2019-12-31T14:41:21

Praying God’s peace and comfort surrounds you and your family during this difficult time.

Bill Thompson 2019-12-31T14:34:04

My condolences to the family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 . God bless 😞

Lara Fritz-Miller 2019-12-31T14:27:09

My deepest sympathies for your loss Rosie. Working with Royal and being part of his adventures was a highlight in my career.

Alton Parker 2019-12-31T14:04:07

So sorry for your loss. May God watch over you and your family. Prayers that God will bring you peace in your time of sorrow.

Nancy Schneider 2019-12-31T13:57:16

Our deepest sympathy and love to the White family. Forever in our thoughts and prayers.

LaNita and Gary Gillett 2019-12-31T13:44:14

So sorry for your loss. Praying for all of the family and friends. God be with you all.

Carol Guthrie-Booker 2019-12-31T13:38:20

So sorry to hear of your loss Rose. My condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Larry Dyer 2019-12-31T13:29:29

Prayers to your family at this difficult time.

Lori Osterberg 2019-12-31T13:29:06

I am so sorry of your loss. Royal was a wonderful person. I have a lot of fond memories of Royal from school. It was an honor to know him, he will be missed.

Patti McKnight 2019-12-31T13:28:24

Royal was such a nice man. Of all the people I remember from Belvidere High School, Royal stood out as a very loving person. He always had a smile on his face and never met a stranger. My husband Jim and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Royal’s family especially, his wife and children. God Bless and May our Lord and Savior bring you peace. 🙏

Pam Mathis-Ladzinski 2019-12-31T13:02:10

Rose Ann and family, Laurie and I send our sympathies to you and your family.

Laurie & Misty Osterberg 2019-12-31T12:52:50

Rose Ann, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you feel the peace of God embracement around you as you walk through this sad time. Royal was a wonderful man and his service as a police officer is greatly appreciated by many. Praying you through. ♥️

Debbie Peterson 2019-12-31T12:51:46

Helen So sorry for you and your family’s loss. Sending prayers your way.

Sherri Yarrington 2019-12-31T12:44:39

So sorry for your lost

Loren and Elaine Lanier 2019-12-31T12:35:47

Rose and Family, so sorry to hear about Royal passing. Take care of yourself. With our deepest condolences.
Trudy and Jeff

Trudy and Jeff Flippo 2019-12-31T12:33:09

So so sorry for your loss. He was a good good man.

Rhonda Bye Conrad 2019-12-31T12:26:14

Sorry to hear about your Hubby. Praying for u and your family.

Kelly Kreger Paulson 2019-12-31T12:20:45

Very sorry for your loss met him in high school he was a good man.

Kevin Johnson 2019-12-31T12:17:11

I am so sorry for the family’s loss.

Nancy Sadewater 2019-12-31T12:12:13

Rest In Peace my friend, my thoughts are with your family. Thinking of you all

Pete matysik 2019-12-31T12:11:35

My deepest condolences to this beautiful family. May the lovely memories help you all throughout this very sad time. What an honor to have had this wonderful man in your lives. Thank you for sharing him with us all. His legacy is forever in our hearts.

Deb Bohlman 2019-12-31T11:56:56

One cannot express with words the feeling of loss of a dear and wonderful man. Royal was one of the most sincere men I have ever known. He had a kind and often comical personality that brought the toughest of men down. One was instantly drawn to him and this often led to a lasting friendship. It was indeed an honor to know and serve with Royal on the police department and I know everyone is mourning and will sorely miss his wit and humor. I can see that little quirky smile as I write. Royal, enjoy your time with our Lord and I, as well as many, look forward to seeing you again in glory land. Rose Ann, and family, I send my deepest condolences and heartfelt blessings as you face this difficult time.

William Villont 2019-12-31T11:54:34

Royal was such a great guy. Loved working with him at the Belvidere Police Dept. He had the respect of everyone and was a great leader in the department. Our prayers go out for Rose Ann and his family.

Keith Manley 2019-12-31T11:44:12

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dr.Kent & Marilyn Hess 2019-12-31T11:39:59

Royal was a great person, a wonderful family man, and a dedicated police officer who loved and served his community faithfully. Royal will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to Rose and all his family at this sad time. Prayers for all.

Percy H. Gordon 2019-12-31T11:31:31

So sorry for your loss Rose Ann, and that of your family. I was praying Royal would make it through this last health concern. He will be missed.

Debbi Bloomingdale 2019-12-31T11:19:13


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