WEST FRANKFORT - Dr. Fred Whitlatch, 61, died at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his residence.
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He was born April 15, 1952, in Tower Hill, to Lester and Ilene (McDonald) Whitlatch.
Fred graduated from Eastern Illinois University with an education degree in 1974. He taught high school biology and coached multiple sports in Girard from 1975 to 1979. In the fall of 2012, he returned to teaching biology at Morthland College.
Fred graduated from University of Illinois Dental School in Chicago in 1982. He was a dentist in West Frankfort for 31 years. Dr. Whitlatch volunteered his services for the annual "Give Kids a Smile" campaign as well as other charitable opportunities around the state of Illinois. Dr. Whitlatch was a member and president of S.I. Dental Society.
He also was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he sang bass in the choir and he played acoustic guitar and often led the praise team. He was actively involved with the Walk to Emmaus community where he served as community lay director and led in various leadership capacities on many weekend retreats from 1966 until 2012.
He also was a member of Lion's Club in West Frankfort.
Survivors include his wife, Debby Whitlatch of West Frankfort; parents, Lester and Ilene Whitlatch of Tower Hill; son, Jeff Whitlatch of West Frankfort; two daughters, Elise (Barnabas) Omulokoli of Charleston and Corinne Whitlatch of O'Fallon; two brothers, George (Kathy) Whitlatch of Mackinaw and Dale (Karyn) Whitlatch of Breese; and two sisters, Lois (Lynn) Laughlin of Lincoln and Lynne (Blair) Wagner of Holton, Kan.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in Trinity Methodist Church West Frankfort.
Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Morthland College Scholarship fund in memory of Fred. Envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home or at the church before the service.
Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from June 24 to June 27, 2013