Gene O. Whitteberry

Gene O. WhitteberryGene O. Whitteberry, 84, of Mentone, Ind., and formerly of Walkerton, Ind., passed away at 10:35 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Hickory Creek of Rochester, Ind.

He was born Aug. 12, 1928, in Stockwell, Ind., to Wesley and Bertha Mae (Crose) Whitteberry. He graduated from Walkerton High School in 1946. Gene then served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He furthered his education at the Allied School of Mechanical Trade in Chicago, Ill. On Aug. 8, 1973, in Walkerton, Ind., he was married to Irene Gouker. She preceded him in death.

Gene was a process engineer for Torrington, South Bend, Ind. He retired in 1982. He attended the Mentone United Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge 266 of North Liberty, and the Scottish Rite, South Bend.

He is survived by three daughters: Roxann (Ronnie) Drake, Walkerton, Ind.; Norma (Charles) Sobieralski, Koontz Lake, Ind.; Tammy Stoneburner, Mentone, Ind.; a brother: Harold Whitteberry, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his sisters: Helen and Mildred; and three brothers, one of which was his twin: Dean, Bob and Elmer.

Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Mentone United Methodist Church 116 E. Main St., Mentone. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at the church. Burial will take place at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mentone United Methodist Church, Hickory Creek of Rochester or the Center for Hospice.

Hartzler Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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