Monroe Township - Joseph V. Whitt, age 97, of Bethel, Ohio, passed away April 14, 2021. Joe was the beloved husband of Judith L. Whitt (nee Berger), and devoted father of Rodney V. (Judy) Whitt and Carolyn M. (Jon) Larson. Joe was proud to have six grandsons, those being: J. Scott (Rebecca) Larson, Peter S. (Melissa) Larson, Stephen J. (Elizabeth) Larson, Daniel A. (Kristy) Larson, Christopher (Melanie) Shepherd, and Casey D. Whitt. He also had seven great-grandchildren. Born in Elliott County, Kentucky in 1923, Joe was one of nine children of Estill and Sarah Whitt. Surviving siblings are his sister, Alice, and his brothers Richard and Roy. Those who have since passed are brothers Arnold, J.B., and Gene, and sisters Bobbie Lee and Betty.
Joe was a World War II Navy veteran, having served from January, 1941 until November, 1946. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and actually heard the first and last shots of the war fired, ready to invade Okinawa, when the war ended. He was aboard the heavy cruiser, U. S. S. San Francisco, for most of his combat but later served aboard the battle cruiser, the U. S. S. Alaska. Working with wood, enjoying white water rafting and all things outdoors, and square dancing were favorite pastimes of Joe's. He was a very unique individual and one anybody would have been proud to have called friend. Joseph V. Whitt will be greatly missed. E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, 177 West Main Street, Amelia, Ohio 45102, will open their doors from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, April 19, 2021, for visitation. Funeral services will be held at this same location on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, beginning at 1:00 P.M. Should you so desire, memorial contributions may be sent directly to Pacific Historic Parks, P.O. Box 29940, Honolulu, Hawaii 96820-2340.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Apr. 15 to Apr. 18, 2021.