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Eugene Whipple, 71 - May 02, 2007


Eugene Whipple, 71, of Brady, died Sunday, April 29, 2007, at Sutherland Care Center.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 3, from 1-8 p.m. with family present from 6:30-8 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.
A dinner will be served at the Brady Community Hall at 11:30 a.m., prior the service on Friday.
Services will be held Friday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matthew Groenke officiating, assisted by Lonna Grabbenstein, PMA. Interment will take place at the Rosehill Cemetery at Callaway at 4 p.m.
Whipple was born on Dec. 13, 1935, at Gothenburg, to Eugene and Malinda Spooner Whipple. He grew up in the Sandhills and attended schools in the Merna and Callaway areas.
He hired out to the Union Pacific Railroad on July 20, 1954, at Brady and took a medical retirement on Oct. 6, 1989.
Whipple married Lucille Fern Shively at Arnold on June 5, 1955. To this union, two children were born, Robert Dale and Barbara Fern.
He was baptized and confirmed into the American Lutheran Church at Gothenburg in the early 1960’s. He was a faithful member and enjoyed attending Sunday School in his retirement years.
?Whipple was proud of his children and grandchildren and all their accomplishments, according to family members. His music was his mainstay throughout his life and illnesses. He enjoyed playing and singing for his own enjoyment and was pleased to entertain others with his music and his wit, said family members.
?He was preceded in death by: his son, Robert; parents, Eugene and Malinda; a brother, Karl Whipple.
Survivors include: his wife of 51 years, Lucille; a daughter, Barbara (Jim) Hotz of Gothenburg; granddaughter, Josee Hotz; grandsons—Wyatt and Ty Hotz; two sisters—Margaret Jersin and Bethel Willis of Gothenburg; many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Brady Fire Department, the American Lutheran Church window fund and the Kidney Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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