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Donald C. Whitney

d. 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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