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Jeff Wilhoit passed away 12:30 p.m. November 14th 2012, in his home, after fighting brain cancer and the devastating treatment for that cancer for 17 months.
Jeff was a 1968 graduate of Jefferson High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the United States Navy and served as a corpsman until receiving an honorable discharge in June of 1973. After leaving the navy, Jeff began his career at Fairfield Manufacturing, working as a machinist in the gear grind department. He developed many friendships and skills there, retiring 37 years later in late 2010.
He married Sandra L Hart on August 3rd 1974 and she survives along with his dogs, Kit and Dallas. He is also survived by his loving brother Bruce (wife: Angie), step-mother Jane Wilhoit and several nieces and nephews
Jeff was very involved with his labor union, the UAW. He co-chaired many events, his favorite being the Labor's Day in the Park. He enjoyed socializing with his many friends, spending time with his family and truly did not know a stranger. He was a strong advocate for volunteering in the community and believed that everyone could make a difference. The lucky recipients of his time and effort included the Indiana Veteran's home, CFRC's Coats for Kids, Wildcat Wildlife Center, Almost Home Humane Society and the Food Pantry. He was a great lover of animals and spoiled many cats and dogs over the years.
Having a long time interest in the history of the Monon Rail, Jeff collected and repaired Lionel trains with an extensive shop in his basement. He was also fascinated with WWII, aviation, science and technology, reading anything he could get his hands on.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father William E. Wilhoit, mother Mary L. Wilhoit and lifetime best friend Guy Spencer.
Visitation will be from 9:00 AM Saturday to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Memorial service 11:30 AM Saturday Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wildcat Wildlife Center or Best Friends Animal Society.
Leave condolences at www.soller-baker.com.
Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2012