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Donald C. Whitney

February 24, 2017

Donald C. “Don” Whitney 95, died Friday, February 24, 2017 at Newton Medical Center. He was born December 31, 1921 in Wilder, Vermont to Edward R. and Rita M. (Clough) Whitney.  On January 4, 1944 he married Ellen J. Failing at Hanford, California. She preceded him in death on November 15, 2016.  Don served his country in the US Army Air Corp and the US Airforce attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  He enjoyed fishing and reading and looked forward to traveling and road trips around the country.  Don enjoyed baseball and was a pitcher in his younger years. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.


He is survived by daughters Carole and Bob Howes of Poway, California and Donna and David Withiam of Newton, Kansas. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.


Don is preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers,  one sister and one grandson.


Graveside committal service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas with Chaplain Jerroll Martens and Pastor Scott Kliewer presiding.  Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home

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  1. What a character! Mr. Whitney was our neighbor on Old Main for many years and then we moved but he also went to our church. One of my daughter’s goals in life was to deliver a May basket every year without Mr. Whitney catching her. And there’s no where to hide on Old Main so she had to run fast. I think she fooled him once! He was an encourager to my girls and me. We would sing in church and he would always smile and wink when we were singing. This last Christmas our youth group went to carol to him and our Pastor told the young people that Mrs. Whitney had recently passed away and that he hadn’t been feeling very well and then he shows up at his door with the funny glasses and nose disguise! They thought it was hilarious! That was Mr. Whitney…also the man who reluctantly loaned me his Air Force uniform for church displays. He didn’t want to bring attention to himself but how we appreciate his service in THREE WARS!!! We have missed him and Mrs. Whitney at church and will miss them now but will see them in eternity. Our sympathies to his family. It must be hard to lose both of your parents in such a short amount of time but Ellen wasn’t here to keep him in line! I know he must have missed her so much. –John, Deidra and Haly Hendricks and Katy Cater

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