Oct. 8, 2010 Chattanooga Hamilton County Tennessee, USA
The Chattanoogan October 12, 2010
Whipple, James "Jim" Floyd
CWO-4 James Floyd Whipple (Retired), 73, died on Friday, October 8, of a heart attack at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Jim was born June 3, 1937 to Floyd Marvin and Edna Whipple in Ottumwa, Iowa. His dad was a career Army officer and Jim graduated from high school in 1955 from Kaiserslautern Dependents High School in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Several months later he was sworn into the Navy in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Jim's first overseas assignment after completing basic and other specialized training was Bremerhaven.
Some of Jim's other assignments were in Turkey, Skaggs Island in Napa, California for two tours, National Security Agency in Glen Burnie, Maryland, USS Valdez which included traveling by land to US embassies throughout Africa during the late 1960's, Guam, the Panama Canal Zone, and Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. Jim retired from the Navy in 1979.
Approximately five years later he was asked to return to active duty and was assigned to Subic Bay in the Phillipines.
Because of health issues, in 1989 Jim was medivacced from the Phillipines to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Jim retired the second time in 1991 while at Bethesda.
Jim made friends wherever he was and kept in close contact with many of his Navy friends throughout the years. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association and enjoyed the reunions and having the opportunity to see his many Navy friends.
Jim is survived by four children, Vicki Whipple of Carson City, Ne., Margaret Booth, Kathy Leingang (Ivan) and John Whipple (Eva) all of Napa, Ca., his former wife, Carol Whipple of Napa, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ida Lou Polcari of Silver Spring, Md.; three nephews and one niece, Brian and Michael Polcari of Chattanooga, Robert Polcari of Camp Hill, Pa., Louise Polcari of Gaithersburg, Md.; four great-nieces and two great-nephews, which include Michael, Maria, Katherine and Jonathon Polcari of Chattanooga, one uncle, many cousins and a legion of friends.
Jim was always appreciative of the support he received from St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Donations may be made to St. Martins in Jim's memory. Jim's many physical challenges involved kidney, heart and pulmonary disease, diabetes, and stroke. Other choices to consider for donations in Jim's memory could be organizations that contribute to advancing medical knowledge in treating and defeating those health threats that impacted his life.
Services will be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Father Gary Callahan officiating. Mr. Whipple will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 21, with full military honors.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until the service hour Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.