|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1925|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 2012|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
John M. Whiteley
'Our Greatest Generation'
10/7/1925 ~ 1/31/2012
Our beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather John M. Whiteley died peacefully at home surrounded by his family January 31, 2012. Born the 7th of 9 children to J. Earl and Amanda Beck Whiteley in Oakley, Idaho. John was welcomed into the world by wonderful, colorful personalities and solid relationships that would bring joy, love, laughter, wisdom and support to every day of his life. He loved his father and mother and paid frequent tribute to them. Between the siblings existed a love and friendship that even now lights, guides, binds and influences their descendants. He grew up in the depression and learned how to work, how to farm, and how to fix anything that broke and a reluctance to part with anything that came his way. At age 18 he found himself shivering in the foxholes on the front lines of World War II. He was an expert sharpshooter having 'practiced' on wild jack-rabbits in the Oakley sage brush. After the war he remained in Germany and was honored for his work with Radio Stuttgart which later became Radio FreeEurope. In discussing his soldier years, we noticed his compassion for the fallen, the wounded and their families, and the suffering on both sides of the battle line. While in France he learned that his brother Osburn, a pilot had died in China. He earned degrees from BYU and Stanford. He served an LDS mission in Northern California, and met a beautiful California-girl, Barbara Jean Hardwick. They married in 1951. They had five children Johnny, Jeffrey, Melinda, Lisa, and Jessica. He pursued business ventures in Idaho, Utah, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida and Houston. He loved real estate, and saw every property as God perhaps sees us, with an eye for potential. He was graceful and philosophical in good times and in bad. He had a generous nature. His children grew up thinking it was perfectly natural to leave doors unlocked, and that cousins or guests from other lands might be staying in the home indefinitely. He was a Gambler (the bigger the risk the better), Negotiator, Optimist, and Garage Sale addict. When we asked, 'Why?' He always answered, 'Why not?' and 'you didn't know you needed this.' He collected used cars in 'model-phases'; VWBugs, Volvo's, Ford Station Wagons, Peugeots, and back to VW's. He fixed, and gave away cars to struggling students that rented space from him. He loved ice cream and bought a bigger freezer to keep it in, dessert was never optional. He had a wry sense of humor. He was quiet and unassuming yet always had the last laugh with his clever wit and perfect timing. He bravely fought Nazi's, Cancer and Diabetes.
All of the loving individuals that welcomed him into this world will welcome him into the next. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings Winslow, Helen, Alicebeth, Osburn, Blanche, Mary, and Joyce and grandson, Anthony. Survived by younger brother Dr. Reed Whiteley of Oakley, Idaho.
We give thanks and highest praise to Dr. Annemarie Edwards and Dr. Kelton Lundsberg for their skill, compassion, wisdom and friendship.
To John we say, farewell. We love you and are glad and proud we were so long together. Thank you for what you've done for us, for what you have given us. We will not forget.
A celebration of John's life will be Saturday February 4, 2012 at 12noon. Friends and family are invited to gather at 11:00a.m., 4407 South Fortuna Way (3600 East), Salt Lake City, Utah.
Published in Deseret News from February 3 to February 4, 2012
Created by: Michael V Drachman
Record added: Feb 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84441468
Remember our Veterans.... Thanks John for your service...|
Michael V Drachman
Added: Feb. 4, 2012