|Birth: ||May 29, 1928|
New Mexico, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1996|
New Mexico, USA
John Holt (Jack) Whitted, Jr. was the first and only son of John Holt Whitted, Sr. of Las Vegas, Nevada and Enola Gaye (Jones) of Williams, Arizona. For many years, Jack's mother Enola was the manager of the Thurston Motel in Williams. Her grandchildren were often told that she was named for the "Enola Gay" airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on Japan.
Jack was the eldest of two children born to this union. His younger sister was Naomi Whitted, also of Williams, Arizona.
Jack's first marriage was to Nancy Claire Whitted of Williams, AZ. Of this marriage there was one son Samuel. Upon his majority, Sam became a Forest Ranger in Coconino County, AZ and later, a Deputy Sheriff in Flaggstaff, Arizona.
Jack's second marriage was to Ruth Ann Guy of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ruth Ann brought to this union two daughters, Deleana Ann and Georgia Kaye, from her previous marriage to Dean Lavern Walker Sr. The family resided in the desert of Roswell, New Mexico while Jack was stationed at Walker AFB.
During his years of residence in Roswell, Jack's hobbies included collecting and refurbishing a small fleet of vintage Indian motorcycles and a vintage Model-T Car.
He served in the US Navy Strategic Air Command as a Radio Cryptographer and a Radar Communications Specialist, receiving the rank of CT3. He was also a veteran of the Korean Conflict, and was temporarily deployed to Guam, and Morroco during his enlistment.
Jack and Ruth had one son, Kevin Arleigh Whitted, who was born while Jack was stationed in Guam. The family was later transfered by the military to Bedford, Massachusetts where they remained for six months while Jack finished the remainder of his Navy enlistment. The family then moved to Willingboro, New Jersey where he began working under a top secret clearance for RCA (Radio Corporation of America), whose logo was Nipper the Dog. After a reduction in forces at RCA, he was later employed by the Raytheon Company.
Throughout his life, Jack was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, camp and collect vintage guns. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and regularly went target shooting with his children. Jack was also an accomplished gunsmith; handcrafting and carving gun stocks, bluing gun barrels, and melting spent lead bullets to reload his own ammunition.
He was a stickler for the safe handling of firearms and made sure that all of his children respected their use, safety and care.
He was also a Hamm Radio Operator who nightly spoke to people all over the world by radio and Morse Code apparatus, which he set up in a small quonset hut behind the family home. His call letters were K5HRZ.
Traveling throughout the United States National and Canadian Provincial Parks became his favorite family vacation tradition. It was during these vacations that he taught all his children the love and respect of the wilderness, how to hunt, canoe, fish and cook outdoors. Jack occasionally played a harmonica and would pick quirky songs from the radio to sing along with his children while he did the vacation driving.
Jack was a member of the Republican Club and the Willingboro Volunteer Fire Department in Willingboro, New Jersey for many years.
For the convenience of the family and the local school system, Jack legally adopted his two step daughters, Deleana and Georgia, on 17 June 1965. The adoption was handled by the Burlington County Court System in Mt. Holly, New Jersey.
After 16 years of marriage, Ruth and Jack separated and Jack moved to Massachutts, and then Nashua, New Hampshire. It was there that Jack met and married his third wife, Joan Rittlinger. There were no children of this marriage, except Joan's grown children from a previous marriage.
The couple's mutual hobby was flying their own airplane to a favorite weekend getaway on Lake George. It was Jack's habit to always pack two folding bicycles in the cargo area of his airplane so he would have access to transport when arriving at a final destination.
During his residence in New Hampshire, Jack also began collecting vintage airplanes. He would eventually own three. He also began building a full size airplane in his basement. He rented a hangar at the Nashua, New Hampshire Airport where he kept and maintained his planes. His favorite Cessna airplane carried the registration number N77200.
His son Kevin, married Kim Diane Marter, and the two of them eventually followed Jack to New Hampshire where Kevin was employed as a Machinist. Kevin and Kim also owned a book store in the tourist area of North Conway.
Following Jack's retirement prior to his death from lung cancer, he and his third wife, Joan settled in Deming, New Mexico. According to his wife, part of Jack's cremated remains were transported back to New Hampshire for a private memorial service where the ashes were dispersed into the sky from one of his airplanes. His remaining ashes were interred in the Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Deming, New Mexico.
"La Ultimo Parada" - The Last Stop.
John Holt Whitted (1906 - 1967)
Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Deleana Adams
Record added: Sep 24, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15876430
From one old sailor to another, wishing you fair winds and following seas.|
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Though I seldom said it, I loved you; which is why I asked you to give me away at my wedding.|
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