Delno Whitus

Delno Layton Whitus, Sr. - SAVANNAH - Delno Layton Whitus, Sr., 90 passed away at his home in Savannah, Ga on March 9, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Crackersneck, Kentucky on January 8, 1924. He is preceeded in death by his parents, Ethel and Mamie (Baugh) Whitus, brothers Estel, Vestel, Emery, Dale Jr., Bill, and his sisters Jean, Eurdeana, and his son Tom Whitus. He leaves behind his loving wife of 45 years, Diane Mary (Young) Whitus, his former wife, Betty Beard Simons, brothers Jim, sisters Joanne Vessels, Louise (Francis) Weller, his children Layton Whitus (Marilyn), Ted Whitus, stepchildren; Mark Ferenc, Tim Michaels (Cindy), Gerianne Ferenc, Colleen Holick (Robert), grandchildren Leah Whitus, Kim Wilson (Kevin), Ted Whitus, Jr., Tom Whitus, Jr., his beloved grandson and fishing buddy Zachary Holick, great grandchildren; Hahley, Kierra, Jadelyn, Destiny, Mahayala. Layton J, Ted, Tom and John Thomas. Del was a decorated WWII veteran, and D-Day survivor at Normandy, awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. He was an entreprenuer who owned and operated many small businesses during his lifetime; among them his Village Pump restuarant in Fower, Indiana, Fowler Rug and Furniture Cleaners. What he was most proud of was Colonel Del's auctioneer business. He moved to Georgia in the mid 1990's continued in the restaraunt business as a Captain in the Standard Country Club in Atlanta and continued his auctioneering. In his semi retirement he worked in Savannah as an auctioneer. He did many charity auctions. He worked part time as a food demonstrator for Mass Connections, working in such places as Sams and WalMart, where he met many friends. Del always had a smile and a handshake for friends and strangers alike. He loved to tell jokes and fishing stories to anyone that would listen. He was a kind and patient man whom everyone could count on to be steady and get the job done. He loved to hunt in his younger years. He was an avid gardner and fisherman. He was a great chef and enjoyed cooking for his large family and friends over the years, whether that was a big pot of his famous spaghetti, Jo Jo potatoes, or his fresh caught fish and blue crab. He loved native American artifacts and pow wows. He gave numerous native American pow wow presentations with his grandson, Zachary Holick by his side, at various schools, museums and parks in the Savannah area. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten by his loving family. Thank you for the support, valuable assistance, and compassion of Savannah Hospice. A funeral mass will be held in his honor for all family and friends at St. James Church Catholic Church on Whitfield Ave. in Savannah, GA, Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude's Hospital or Savannah Hospice in Del's name. Richmond Hill Funeral Home PH: 912-756-7575 Savannah Morning News March 13, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

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Published in Savannah Morning News from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2014