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May 13, 2004


Funeral services for Charles "Glenn" Willhite, 75, Wellsville, were Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Wellsville. Mr. Willhite died May 7, 2004, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe.

He was born Dec. 1, 1928, at Hymer, the son of Desmond Robert and Lena Mae (Blackburn) Willhite. The family moved from Chase County to Franklin County five miles west of Princeton. He attended Acorn Grade School and Latimer Grade School and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1946. He later attended Ottawa University.

He served in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1949 as Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class. He served aboard the U.S.S. Nereus. He was recalled in 1951 during the Korean Conflict and served aboard the U.S.S. Iowa Battleship.

He married Anna Margaret "Marge" Robinson on Jan. 20, 1951. She survives.

They moved to the C.W. & Fred Henning farm near Wellsville in 1953. He was a farmer and stockman and raised Hereford and Limousin cattle. He served on the Board of Directors at the Ottawa Coop for nine years and the A.S.C.S. for ten years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Wellsville, American Legion, Wellsville, and the U.S.S. Iowa Association.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Karen Stodter and her husband, Charles, Emporia, and LeAnn Zingre and her husband, Richard, Fort Scott; one son, Paul Grant Willhite and his wife, Renee, Overland Park; one brother, Desmond Lynn Willhite, Ottawa; a daughter-in-law, Kristi Willhite, Lawrence, and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Merle, Dale, Dwight and June Willhite; one sister, Lois Willhite; one son, Michael Glenn Willhite, and an infant daughter, Susan Linna Willhite.

Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Wellsville, or Hospice of Olathe Medical Center and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.

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