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William A. Whelan


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Whelan, William A.
Passed away peacefully at his home with his wife at his side on May 18, 2016. Bill was born in Dubuque IA on August 16, 1928 to William and Jeannette Whelan. Bill and eleven other St. Patrick's Elementary School boys with gifted voices formed a chorale group, "The Half-Pints of Melody," who regularly performed on a Saturday afternoon KDTH radio broadcast that became so successful it was eventually picked up by radio stations nationwide up until the beginning of World War II. At the age of 16, Bill was awarded the Medal of Valor by Governor Blue of Iowa for saving the life of a young woman from a capsized boat on Frentress Lake. Bill attended Loras Academy and College, served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948, and in 1951 earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Miami FL. At Miami, he was treasurer of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Bill and his "Jeanie," Jean Meysembourg, were married at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque on September 20, 1952 by Jean's godfather, The Right Reverend Monsignor M.M. Hoffmann. Bill's career path began with General Electric in Morrison IL in 1951. From 1959 to 1962, he was appointed to GE's Traveling Auditor Staff in Schenectady NY. Afterwards, Bill transferred to GE's new computer division in Phoenix AZ until 1970. A Honeywell-GE merger took Bill and his growing family to Boston MA in 1970, and then to Minneapolis MN in 1975. Bill retired in 1986. Bill was a gifted bowler and member of classic bowling leagues in all the places he lived. He earned many tournament trophies including one for a high individual game of 283. Bill was also an avid golfer and scored two holes-in-one at Honeywell Country Club and Braemar Golf Club, both in Minnesota. In his later years, Bill's love of horse racing and innate number-crunching acumen came together at Canterbury Downs in Minnesota and Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Bill and his family were active members of the Catholic parishes in the many places they lived. He was made a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus in Minnesota. Bill was deeply faithful, always putting his Lord first. He was a devoted husband to his wife and father to his children. Bill is survived by his wife, Jean; sons Michael W. (Becky), Patrick R. (Paula); Timothy J., Daniel J. and David J.; and grandchildren Emilie, Nicholas, Alexander, Alexandra, Chase, Ryan, Lindsay, Jessica, David Oliver, and Eva. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Rose Marie Lynn. Visitation will be at 9:30am, with Funeral Mass beginning at 10:30am, Monday, June 6, 2016 at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, 11300 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale 85254. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Parish's Refresh and Renew Program at Blessed Sacrament www.blessedsacramentscotts.org. Visit hansenmortuary.com for condolences.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 1, 2016
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