Willard Thornton Whiteman, 93, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Thursday afternoon, Dec. 26, 2013, in Valentines Personal Care Home at Elkins
He was born Friday, Nov. 5, 1920, at Elkins, a son of the late Thornton Russell "T.R." and Martha Cecelia Gank Whiteman.
On Nov. 26, 1947, at Elkins, he was married to the former Consuella Katherine Albright, who survives. They had celebrated 66 years of marriage.
Also surviving are one son, Gary Edward Whiteman and wife, Rebecca, of Elkins; one sister, Leona Purdum and husband, Raymond, of Kingwood; and one grandson, Joel Thomas Whiteman and wife, Clemence Cretaux, of Morgantown.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, Charles, Ernest, and Robert Whiteman; and seven sisters, Madeline Crickard, Vesta Clowser, Lois Dye, Wilma Seitz, Eleanor Vannoy, Lila Whiteman and Marguerite Riffle.
He was a graduate of Elkins High School and was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army as signal corp tech 4 in the European Theatre from Aug. 1, 1942 until Dec. 26, 1945. He was a manager for Sears and Roebuck Co. in Elkins and Sayre, Pa., was the owner and operator of the former Martin-Snyder Hardware Co. and later the superintendent of the city of Elkins Wastewater Treatment Plant, retiring with 29 years of service. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 1 at Elkins, was a member of H.W. Daniel's Post 29 American Legion and Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, serving many years on the church council as well as on the West Virginia-Maryland Synod Stewardship committee traveling to many congregations in Maryland and West Virginia teaching stewardship. Willard enjoyed being involved in the family carpentry trade.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins Monday, Dec. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Monday at 1:30 p.m., a funeral service will be conducted with Pastor Mark A. Epperson officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman, where the United States Army National Guard Honor Guard, H.W. Daniel's Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct full military honors.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Unit, 169 Diamond St., Elkins, WV 26241. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Willard Thornton Whiteman. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.