Richard C. Whiting © Grace Memorial Chapel 11-2011 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Richard C. Whiting, 79, passed away Sunday, November 25 at Deaconess Hospital in OKC due to complications from a stroke he suffered in October 2011.
Richard aka: Red and RC was born on June 2, 1933 in Lamont, OK to Harry and Doris Umbarger Whiting. Richard grew up in the Lamont area and graduated from Lamont High School. In 1954 he went to work at Nickles Machine Shop where he retired as a Machinist Supervisor in 1994. Richard was a member of 1stLutheran Church where he had been president of the Sunday School. Richard was also a farmer and past President and member of the Rural Water District in Osage County. He was an active member of the Classic Cars of Ponca City where he participated in numerous car and charity events. He was also a board member of the 101 Ranch Old Timers Assoc. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and traveling with his daughter Shelley as they went to Alaska, Canada, Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park and the Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. He traveled extensively along Route 66 and enjoyed the historical points of interest. He also enjoyed helping with the 101 Ranch and preserving the Western Heritage of it. He was also Block Captain in his neighborhood and helped organize activities. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and son Terry.
Survivors include his wifeWanda, children Shelley Dobson, Donna Bickle, Larry Strawn all of Edmond and Rick Strawn of Ponca City. 2 Sisters Donna Hickerson of Enid and Jean Stevens of Plano, TX. 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to come to the Pioneer Park Shelter House at NOON on Saturday for a light meal and bring pictures to reminisce of Richards 79 years of life.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Grace Memorial Chapel with Chaplain Tom Howard officiating, Inurnment will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 381480142 or to the 101 Ranch Old Timers Assoc., 1609 Donald Ave., Ponca City, OK 74604.
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