Theodore “Ted” Leroy Whatley
Services: Have been held. Local services to be scheduled.
Theodore “Ted” Leroy Whatley, 71 of Vermilion, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2006 at his home after a short illness.
He was born June 2, 1935 in Dinuba, Calif. He has been a Vermilion resident for the past two years after moving from Denver, Colo., where he had lived for the previous 35 years. He graduated from Vermilion High School in 1953.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1958-1962. During his enlistment, he served aboard the USS Balao, which became known from its starring role as the “pink submarine” in the 1959 motion picture Operation Petticoat.
He worked as an electrician for Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad Company for 28 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of AMVETS Post #22 in Vermilion. He enjoyed camping and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margarita (Marge) T. (nee Moralez) Whatley of Tucumcari; a son, Buck Juanito Whatley of Denver; and a sister, Karen Schmidt of Denver..
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boone and Marjorie (nee Pearson) Whatley.
Burial will be in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.
Contributions may be made to the Cancer Services of Erie County, 912 Perry Street N-1, Sandusky, Ohio 44870 and New Life Hospice, 5255 North Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035-1450.
Charles R. “Bob” Keele
Services: None will be scheduled.
Charles R. “Bob” Keele died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 in Amarillo, Texas.
Mr. Keele was born In Lovell, Wy., in 1940. He lived for many years in Montana, where he was an electrician until he retired in 2002. In 2003, he moved to Tucumcari, where he had been making his home.
He served his country in the Armed Forces.
Surviving Mr. Kelle are his wife, Joan D. Kelle of Tucumcari; his sons, Charles R. (Delia) Kelle, Jr. of Tracy, Calif., Timothy J. (Thelma) Kelle of Salina, Kan.; and his daughters, Joan D. (Scott) Stockfish of Billings, Mont., Lavina F. (Tom) Brown of Chatham, Ill., and Spring Joy (Brian) Henderson of Salina Kansas. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Celeste Keele, three brothers Jim, Ray and Jack Kelle, his sister, Lola Mae, and his youngerst son, John Kevin Keele.
Following Mr. Kelle’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.
Edward West Keith
Services: Have been held in Snohomish, Wash.
Edward West Keith, 83, died on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2006 with his family nearby.
Mr. Keith was born March 12, 1923 in Colton, Calif. He was raised in a very large and loving family in Tucumcari. He graduated from Tucumcari High School and later settled in Everett, Wash. He served his country in WWII as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, 357th Division, 58 Squadron in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, where he received military honors for his service.
Following the war, he worked in a foundry, drove a truck for Chevron Oil Co. for 18 years and worked as a land developer and building contractor.
Mr. Keith is survived by his wife of 60 years, Billie Keith; daughters, Gail Hartmann and Nona Keith; a sister, Iva Garee and five brothers, Lee Roy Keith, Neil Keith, Tommy L. Keith, Melvin Keith and Alvin Keith.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Poe and Leacy Graham, and two brothers, Lewis Keith and T.D. “Todd” Keith.