GROTON | Kenneth V. White, 65, of Stauber Road, Groton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at University Hospital, Syracuse. Mr. White was born Aug. 10, 1947, in Kansas City and had been a Summerhill resident since 1978. Ken had been employed as the fertilizer plant manager for Phelps Supply Inc. in Owasco for the past year-and-a-half, and for its predecessor, Hewitt Bros. Inc., for 23 years. For the past 40 years, Ken assisted his wife, Jeanne, in operating Simme Valley, where they raised registered Simmental beef cattle. Their prized cattle earned them â€œPremier Breederâ€? award at the 2012 NYS Fair, and also at the Keystone International Livestock Expo. Ken was a member and past president of the N.Y. Simmental Association, where he was serving on the board of directors, and was also a member of the N.Y. Beef Producers Association. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his wife as well. Surviving, are his wife of 43 years, Jeanne (Dumas) White; daughter, Michelle Bennett (Randy), of Vermont; two grandsons, Cody and Cory Bennett; mother, Mary L. Adams, of Overland Park, Kan.; step-mother, Shirley White, of Summerhill; two brothers, Wayne (Sandy), of Kansas, and James (Connie), of Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Alvin V. White, in 2012. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the W. Niles Fire Co., 3956 Valentine Rd., Moravia. There are no calling hours. The family requests no flowers, but to instead consider a contribution to the N.Y. Jr. Beef Producers Association, 3013 Hardscrabble Rd., Erieville, N.Y. 13061 or to the N.Y. Jr. Simmental Assoc., 1256 County Route 68, Eagle Bridge, N.Y. 12057.