Franklin Lee Whited Sr., known to all as Butch, 73, St. Clair, departed this life Sunday, July 6, 2014, in Union. Butch, son of the late Delbert Edward Whited and wife Dorothy Louise, nee Marler, was born Sept. 15, 1940, in Ironton. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Sue Inman, known to most as Sue, Jan. 25, 1963, and four children came to bless this union.|
Butch was a Christian, and member of Bethany Baptist Church, Ironton. During his working career, he was employed by Daimler Chrysler Corporation, Fenton, retiring after 30 years of service. He was a proud member and retiree of United Auto Workers, Local 136, Fenton. He also was a member of Elks Lodge 2651, St. Clair. He also was an honorary member of V.F.W. Post 2482, St. Clair, and enjoyed the company of fellow members. Butch had a variety of interests throughout his life, including playing poker and tinkering with cars (or anything that had a motor). Butch could do about anything he set his mind to, and built a cabin on their Silver Mines Creek property, cutting and planing the cedar himself to line the walls. He also enjoyed deer hunting in his younger years. He especially loved the trips he and Sue took on his Yamaha touring motorcycle, racking up some 60,000 miles of memories. What brought him the greatest joy was time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.
Butch is survived by his wife, Sue Whited, St. Clair; four children, Frank Whited Jr., Carla Pelton and husband Steve, Cassie Belfancha and husband Montacer, all of St. Clair, and Caren Vogt and husband Lester, Rosebud; nine grandchildren, Nick Pelton, Austin Pelton, Faith Pelton, Frank Whited, Adam Belfancha, all of St. Clair, Caitlin Zelch and husband J.W., Caleb Kent, Connor Vogt and Levi Vogt, all of Rosebud; two great-grandchildren, Jack Pelton and Chase Pelton, both of St. Clair; brothers- and sisters-in-law; one aunt; one uncle; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Dorothy Whited; two brothers, Delbert Emmett Whited and Robert Edward Whited; and one sister, Margaret Whited.
A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Roger Johnson officiating.
A private committal will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be given to
The Whited family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on July 12, 2014