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Whitehouse William Keller Whitehouse, MD, Retired, age 84, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 15, 2017, in his home in Upper Arlington, surrounded by family. Bill was born in the coal-mining town of Walsenburg, Colorado, son of the late Dr. William N. and Mildred Whitehouse. At the age of two, his family moved from Colorado to Ottumwa, Iowa. After a two-year period in San Diego, California, where his father served in WWII in the US Navy, he returned to Ottumwa in 1945 and graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1950. Dr. Whitehouse completed his pre-med requirements at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity. Bill received his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1956 from the State University of Iowa in Iowa City. After his internship at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, he served in the US Army in Korea in the M*A*S*H* unit for two years. From 1959 to 1963, Bill followed his father's footsteps in General Practice in Ottumwa. Bill moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1963 and completed his residencies in General Surgery and Urology at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He served as teacher and demonstrator at The OSU School of Medicine during the years 1966-67. He was one of the first urologists in Columbus, serving as a founding member of Columbus Urology at Riverside Methodist Hospital until his retirement from private practice in 1992. Dr. Whitehouse retired as Colonel from the US Army Reserve in 1992. He had held many posts, including Urologist, Urological Surgeon, and Commander. Bill was a 33rd degree life member Mason in the Grand Lodge # 269, Ottumwa, Iowa, and in the Scottish Rite Freemasons of the Valley of Columbus. He was a 50-year member of the Columbus Medical Association and a member of the American Urological Association. Bill was a model of integrity and character his entire life. He was a devoted, compassionate, modest, and inspiring man, who had a great sense of humor. He told the best jokes and stories that will be passed on for generations. He generously contributed to his children's and grandchildren's college education. He enjoyed skiing, gardening, sweets, patriotic and classical music, and especially dogs. His travels took him all over the world. Bill had a tremendous enthusiasm and amazing energy for his work and hobbies. He was an avid antique tool and furniture collector and a handyman who could fix anything. He restored his two homes by hand, one being located in Hide-A-Way Hills, where he constructed a 100-foot masonry retaining wall. Bill truly appreciated spending time in the peaceful woods of the Hocking Hills. Bill will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 29 years, Ruth Moeller Whitehouse; children, Carol Sue and Paul Jones Whitehouse; step-children, Karen (Tom Hylas) Newcomb, Emily (Chuck) Wilson, and Suzanne (Ted Kessis) Newcomb; grandchildren, Olivia, Max, Holly, Stasia, Alex, Alexa, Zoey, and Tyler; sister, Joan (Jim) Nicholas; brother, John (Melissa) Whitehouse; and many other extended family members and dear friends. A service celebrating Bill's life will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 1 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio, after which time the family will receive friends. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements made by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, Ohio, 43214, or First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212, or the . To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 25, 2017
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