‘June’ Whitley Jr.

Lester “June” Whitley Jr., 91, of Iola died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Allen County Hospital in Iola.
He was born July 6, 1918, in Wellsville, the son of Lester and Violet (Chilton) Whitley Sr. He lived most of his life in Franklin County, living in Idaho for eight years while growing up. He moved to Iola in 2001.
He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1936. He worked as a superintendent for Killough Construction in Ottawa 32 years, from 1951 until his retirement in 1983.
He served as a Tech 5 in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1940 to 1945. His tour of duty included Idaho, Washington and the Pacific Theater, where he was a combat engineer.
He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, charter member of Fraternal Order of Eagles and life member of American Legion, all of Wellsville.
On April 18, 1948, he married Armina Hasty in Ottawa. She died in August 1993. On Nov. 16, 1994, he married Dorothy Darrow in Ottawa.
She survives at the home, as do a son, Joe D. and his wife Mary Ann, Kimberling City, Mo.; a daughter, Penny Andrews and her husband Mark, Clinton, Mo.; three stepdaughters, Marilyn Wiggins and her husband Russell, Lawrence, Lucinda Yeates and her husband Mike, Comfort, Texas, and Bonita Steward and her husband Jack, Iola; three sisters, Florine Bendixsen, Seattle, Wash., Leanor Layton, Lubbock, Texas, Rose Marie Wood, Butler, Mo.; three grandchildren, Stacey Brown, Amy Allen and Lance Andrews; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
A great-granddaughter, Isabella Andrews, died earlier.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dengel & Son Mortuary in Ottawa, with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post No. 5901 of Ottawa.
The family will meet with friends from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Cremation will follow services with inurnment in Wellsville Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials to Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post No. 5901 of Ottawa may be sent in care of the funeral home, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at dengelmortuary@sbcglobal.net.