Wendell Whitener

Thursday, June 9, 2005

PATTON, Mo. -- Wendell M. "Jack" Whitener, 88, of Patton passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born May 3, 1917, at Bernie, Mo., son of William and Nancy Schell Whitener. He and Wilma Wallis were married Oct. 12, 1940, at Liberty Congregational Methodist Church.

He was a member of Liberty Congregational Methodist Church. He was a farmer, a school bus driver several years, and owned and operated Whitener Store at Patton.

Mr. Whitener served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army in the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, as an honor guard at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg, Germany. He received a Bronze Star, Army of Occupation Medal-Germany, and Good Conduct Medal.

Survivors include his wife; a son, John L. (Lois) Whitener of Marble Hill; a daughter, Mary Lou (Terry) Conrad of Patton; a brother, Bill Sam Whitener of Marquand, Mo.; three sisters, Dorothy Lacy and Katherine Slinkard of Marquand, Doris O'Bannon of Stevenville, Mont.; two grandsons, Justin Conrad, Chris (Jessica) Conrad of Patton; and a great-grandson, Chase Conrad of Patton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call at Liley Funeral Home in Patton from 4 to 8 p.m. today, and Friday from noon until 1 p.m. at Liberty Congregational Methodist Church.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Kirby Grindstaff officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery near Marquand, with full military honors provided by Missouri Military Honors Team.