Robert Edgar Whelpley, 88, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Sterling House of McPherson. He was retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil conservation service agent.
Robert was born on June 10, 1926, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Clarence Arthur and Elsie Ellen (Baker) Whelpley. He was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1951.
On August 31, 1947, Robert was united in marriage to Mary Louise Randall in Manhattan, KS. She preceded him in death on November 24, 2011.
Robert attended the McPherson Free Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church. He was a member of American Legion Post #24, the Sierra Club, and Good Sam Camping Club. He was active in Boy Scouts of America and had received the Silver Beaver Award.
Survivors include: three sons, Randy Whelpley (Marge) of Topeka, KS, Kevin Whelpley of McPherson, KS, and Tom Lloyd (Stephanie) of Stafford, VA; four grandchildren, Kyle Whelpley (Ashley) of Leavenworth, KS, Bryce Whelpley (Heather) of Topeka, KS, Joshua Lloyd of McPherson, KS, and Amanda Lloyd of Stafford, VA; three great-grandchildren, Samantha Whelpley, Brodie Whelpley, and Keaton Whelpley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary, and two brothers, Donald and Glenn.
The memorial service will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 6, 2014, at McPherson Free Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Mayse officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM, Monday, until service time at the church. Inurnment with Military Honors will follow the service at the McPherson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to MCDS or Alzheimer’s Assn. in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.
Donald Max Henry, 94, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away peacefully, at 10:24 a.m., Monday, September 29th, 2014, at Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson, Kansas.
Donald was born on the family farm, outside McFall, Missouri on February 3, 1920, a son of Etta Marie (McMillen) and Richard Lloyd Henry.
He attended Red Star and Grandview Schools and graduated from Grandview High School, all of Gentryville, Missouri. He then attended Aircraft and Engine School at Sheppard Field, Texas.
Donald was a current member of Trinity Lutheran Church of McPherson, Kansas where he served in various positions. He was a former member of the First English Lutheran Church in Great Falls, Montana where he was baptized at age 26.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, and later the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He received the Bronze Star and 15 different service ribbons, and retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
Following his military service Donald worked for Johns-Manville of McPherson, Kansas, and the U.S. Postal Service in Hutchinson and McPherson, Kansas. Other jobs that he held throughout his life include being a farmer, Base Exchange Dairy in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and U.S. Air Force Aircraft Mechanic from 1942 to 1971.
Donald was a member of the McPherson Lions Club, charter member of the McPherson Optimist Club, McPherson Elks Lodge, National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2715. He was known for and loved repairing and building clocks, making stained glass, and all kinds of popcorn to share with friends and neighbors.
On December 7, 1945, Donald Max Henry was united in marriage to Bonnie Heline Peterson at Lindsborg, Kansas. Bonnie passed away on November 11, 2009.
He is survived by his children: Donna, wife of Carol Swenson, McPherson,Kansas; Richard "Dick", husband of Tracy Henry, Leawood, Kansas; his grandchildren Ryan Chambers, Erin Swenson-Reinhold, and Jenna Wolf; his great grandchildren, Brendan Chambers, Samuel, Ephraim and Emma Swenson-Reinhold, Caleb and Paiton Wolf; Brother-in-law Chet Houghton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Etta Marie and Richard Lloyd Henry; his wife, Bonnie H. Henry, one brother, Rex Henry, and sister-in-law, Judy Henry.
The funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, Kansas, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 with the Reverends Tim Leaf, Chris Whitacre, and Nathan Swenson-Reinhold officiating.
Friends are invited to call from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, Kansas.
Final Resting Place will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg, Kansas. Military Honors will be presented by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2715 and American Legion Post #24.
Family request donations to Trinity Lutheran Church or McPherson Public Library, and they can be sent in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, Kansas 67460.