Lloyd E. Whitney
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LEXINGTON: Full of adventure and fun loving, Lloyd Whitney embraced each day as a gift. Knowing that God's timing was perfect, Lloyd was aware of the countless blessings in his life. Dependable, Lloyd was known as the "go to guy." He could always be counted on to help a friend or family member in need.
Now resting in his Savior's arms, Lloyd E. Whitney, 85, of Lexington, passed away Thursday evening, April 17, 2014 in Grant Medical Center, following a tragic fall at home.
Lloyd was born in Cardington on August 31, 1928 to Mont C. and Phyllis M. (Long) Whitney and graduated from Lexington High School.
As a young teenager, Lloyd was interested in flying and at 16 attained his pilot's license. On a blind date, Lloyd first met Shirley Frizzell and the two began courting. Having his pilot's license, Lloyd would fly over Shirley's house, dropping numerous love letters. How could she resist. On January 31, 1948 the two were married.
Instilled with a patriot's spirit, Lloyd was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. As a teenager, he first served in the Ohio State Guard, and then the National Guard. From 1951-1953 Lloyd served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Wilmington, Delaware for two years. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1953. Lloyd also served in the United States Army Reserve as a Sergeant 1st Class from 1954-1957. A proud Korean War Veteran, Lloyd served as the first vice president of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 51 where he was in charge of the color guard.
For 34 years Lloyd was a firefighter for the Troy Township Fire Department, and retired from Shafer Valve in 1991.
In an effort to give back to his community, well into his 80's, Lloyd delivered meals, for Meals on Wheels.
Lloyd and Shirley enjoyed traveling and were blessed to visit Hawaii and Japan. He drove for the Highway Safety Foundation. Always up for an adventure, at 81 years old Lloyd, along with his friend Eldred Rennpage, drove a 1973 Mack tower ladder fire engine from Big Walnut to Washington State. Making news headlines, they arrived six days later with smiles on their faces.
He also enjoyed fishing, at the Clear Fork Reservoir.
He is survived by his loving wife Shirley (Frizzell) Whitney whom he married January 31, 1948, three children and their spouses Barb and Charlie Earles of Columbus, Bill and Karen Whitney of Hawaii and Susan Whitney and Janet Celli of Florida; three grandchildren Bryson Hatton, Ami and Jim Alvarado and Scott David Butte; two great grandchildren Noah and Micah; a brother and sister-in-law Bob and Carole Whitney of Lexington, and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 3-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service giving glory to God for the Life of Lloyd Whitney will be held Wednesday at 11 am in First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, Mansfield. Korean War Veterans Chapter 51 and the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold military honors on the church grounds. The Rev. Bruce Haapalainen will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project or First Congregational Church Endowment Fund may be made through the funeral home.
Private expressions of sympathy may be made to the Whitney family by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Snyder Funeral Home
2553 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, OH 44904-1423
Published in the News Journal on Apr. 20, 2014