|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1918|
|Death: ||May 29, 2004|
Richard Ralph Whitney, 85, of Molalla died May 29, 2004.
He was born December 3, 1918 to Mertin and Esther Whitney in Portland.
On May 1, 1946 he married Leta Fields in Vancouver, Washington. They lived in several Northwest Oregon communities, including Portland, Silverton and Molalla.
In 1943 he entered the US Navy to serve in the South Pacific during WWII. Later, he served a second tour of active duty in the US Navy during the Korean War and was stationed mostly in Astoria. While in the Naval Reserve on the USS McGinty in Portland, he was called to service for a third time as the McGinty entered active duty during the Vietnam War. Following his duty in Vietnam, he continued in the reserve as a Sea Bee on Swan Island.
Between the active service times, he returned to Portland and worked at the Portland VA Medical Center in the food services department. The combination of active duty and VA employment spanned more than 30 years until he retired from the VA Medical Center as Chief of Food Service and Production in December 1973.
He is a Past Commander of the American Legion Post #136 of Salem as well as Post #89 of Mt. Angel.
Survivors include his wife, Leta Whitney of Molalla; children, John Whitney of Silverton and Russell Whitney of Deer Lodge, Mont; brother, Harold Whitney of Portland; sister, Ethel Wymore of Portland; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.
A service will be Saturday, 2 p.m. at Molalla Funeral Chapel. Contributions may be sent to Gales Creek Camp (for children with Diabetes) at 6975 SW Sandburg #150, Portland, OR 97223 or the Oregon Humane Society, of Humane Society of the Willamette Valley, Salem.
Arrangements were made through Molalla Funeral Chapel.
Leta Pearl Fields Whitney (1925 - 2006)*
Lincoln Memorial Park
Plot: Section Glenhaven, Lot 1108
Created by: Calmly Searching
Record added: May 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90587373
Added: Apr. 4, 2016
Thank you very much for your service to our country.|
Penny Wood Spaziani
Added: Sep. 23, 2014
Thank you for your service over and over for our country. God Bless, and Rest in Peace Richard.|
Added: May. 23, 2012