Whitmore, H. David
H. David Whitmore, 90, Mosinee, passed away December 24, surrounded by his large, loving, family.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, October 3, 1923, to Harold and Estella Whitmore. He grew up in Frankfort, Indiana, where he became an Eagle Scout, played violin in the high school orchestra and a dance band, and ran a successful paper route, doubling his customers in 3 years.
He enrolled in Purdue University
in 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he finished his freshman year and then enlisted in the Naval Air Corps in 1942. His basic training was at the Pensacola Naval Air Station followed by advanced air training at Melbourne, Florida, flying Hellcat fighter planes. After teaching Loran and celestial navigation at the San Diego Naval Base, he was assigned to the Marine Air Warning Squadron as a liaison officer, Lieutenant JG, and later was stationed in Hawaii. He was living in a tent at the base of Mt. Sarabachi at Iwo Jima when the war ended. He was honorably discharged in July, 1946.
Dave returned to Purdue where he met Jacie Louise Stover. They married in 1947 and lived on campus until both finished college. He was proud of his membership in the Theta Chi fraternity and attended many Purdue reunions and get-togethers with his classmates.
After a time working for the Nickel Plate Railroad, he began a long career in paper manufacturing, working in Ohio and Monroe, Michigan, before moving to Mosinee in 1969 where he became Chief Industrial Engineer for Mosinee Paper.
By then, Dave and his wife, Jacie, had five children. From their home on the Wisconsin River, Dave encouraged his children in canoeing, gardening, Scouting, track, music, and his first love, down hill skiing. At the age of 55, Dave and his daughter, Harriet, 15, joined the National Ski Patrol as the youngest and oldest of the local organization. After retirement, Dave became a full time patroller until he turned 80 years old. He was Patrol Director for two years and patrolled one season at Deer Valley, Utah. He skied until he was 89.
Dave's wife, Jacie, died in 1991. His new interests were scuba diving and a return to flying.
Dave married Alice Raith Yoder in 1993. Their honeymoon in the Greek Islands began twenty years of travel. They visited 25 foreign countries and all 50 states, often doing river boat trips. Their trip to China encouragd their hosting a Chinese teacher who came to teach Chinese at Mosinee High School. The couple skied winters in Colorado, Canada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. They biked with the Wausau Biking Vikings in Austria, all over Wisconsin, and throughout the United States.
Dave and Alice moved to a home on Indianhead Golf Course in 2006 where they golfed in four leagues. Winters would find them snow shoeing or cross country skiing across the course.
They enjoyed ball room dancing, theater and live music. When he was 80 and 81, he felt honored to participate in Mosinee Musical Theater. He played Secretary of State Cordell Hull in Annie and Mark Twain in Big River.
Dave's is survived by his children, Kim (Cindy), Madison; Jacie (Wayne) Jensen, Genesee, Idaho; Todd (Susan St. Ville), South Bend, Indiana; Harriet (Casey) Pea, Louisville, Colorado; and Guy (Lorelei Amato), Seattle, Washington. He leaves five step-children, Debbie (Steve) Dhein, Green Bay; Steve (fiance Lora Davis) Yoder; Lisa (Liana Teteberg) Yoder, Park City, Utah; Amy (Dennis) Thomsen, Boise, Idaho; and Cheryl (Jim) Kennedy, Wausau.
He was proud of his 17 grandchildren: Guy and Carl Jensen; Taylor and Jacie Whitmore; Flannery and Honora Whitmore; Alaya Whitmore; Blake and Reed Dhein; Daniel (Lindsey) Yoder and Allie (finance Scott Christman) Yoder; Clayton (Tetiana) Powell, Steve and Katy Powell; Nicholas (fiancé Stacey Bell) Walker; Natalie (Shawn) Klingforth and Lexi Copeland. There are also six great-grandchildren. He delighted in attending the children's hockey, figure skating and other athletic events.
Dave is further survived by a brother, Fred, Defiance, Missouri, and a sister, Mary (Jim) Hague, Seattle, Washington, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Jacie, Dave was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Mae Whitmore.
Dave will be remembered for saying, "Just call me Lucky Dave. I've been blessed with two wonderful wives, five…and then five more…great children. My life has been full and I have no regrets." He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family would like to thank Aspirus Hospice for their wonderful supportive care.
A Memorial Service will be held at 7:30 pm Friday, December 27, 2013 at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee. Rev. Donald Przybylski will officiate. A celebration of Dave's life will be held from 3:00 pm until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. Alice and David would have celebrated 20 years of marriage on Friday, December 27, 2013.
Memorials may be directed to the Whitmore Memorial Mosinee High School Scholarship Fund.