Duward Leon Whitney, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 in the Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt, Kan.
He was born Nov. 28, 1926 in Long Beach, Calif., the son of Fay and Madgealeen (Woodward) Whitney.
A lifetime resident of Haviland, Whitney was a farmer and a Lapidarist- a gem and mineral collector, polisher and jewelry maker. He graduated from Haviland High School in 1945, and served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War Two. He was a 50+ year member of the Kiowa Masonic Lodge #293, The Gem and Mineral Society, and was a birthright member of the Haviland Friends Church.
On June 13, 1948, Whitney married Viona Brown in Haviland. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons Brad and wife Patricia Whitney, Blanchard, Okla., Keith and wife Barbara Whitney, Fowler, Kan., two daughters Marjorie Thompson and husband Steve, Haviland, Janice Williams, Great Bend, Kan., two brothers Willard and wife Beverly Whitney, Kenneth and wife Lora Lee Whitney, all of Haviland, eleven grandchildren, Brandon Thompson, Brady Thompson, Brooke Thompson, Bethany McGlothlin, Lisa James, Jared Disney, Brock Whitney, Regena Bryant, Alana Whitney, Jerae Rinehart, and Tyson Whitney, and fifteen Great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Brett Lynne Thompson, Marla Disney, and Sarah Kate Whitney.
Funeral services and celebration of Whitney's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 at the Haviland United Methodist Church in Haviland, with Dr. Jerry Simmons and Pastor Mark Fillmore officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Haviland Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Fleener Funeral Home, Greensburg. Memorials are suggested to the Heart of America Science Resource Center, Haviland and the Haviland United Methodist Church, both in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514, S. Main St., Greensburg, Kansas, 67054