Whited, Franklin "Butch" Lee

Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM Thursday, July 10, 2014

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Private committal at a later date.

Memorials / Donations:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Franklin Lee Whited, Sr., known to all as Butch, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Union, MO, on Sunday, July 6, 2014, having reached the age of seventy-three years, nine months and twenty-one days. Butch was born in Ironton, MO, on September 15, 1940, son of Delbert Edward Whited and Dorothy Louise Whited nee Marler. On January 25, 1963, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Sue Inman, known to most as Sue, and four children came to bless this union.

Butch is survived by his wife, Sue Whited of St. Clair, MO; by his children, Frank Whited, Jr. of St. Clair, Carla Pelton and husband, Steve, of St. Clair, Caren Vogt and husband, Lester, of Rosebud, MO and Cassie Belfancha and husband, Montacer, of St. Clair; by nine grandchildren, Nick, Austin and Faith Pelton of St. Clair, Frank Whited of St. Clair, Caitlin Zelch and husband, J.W., of Rosebud, MO, Caleb Kent of Rosebud, Connor and Levi Vogt of Rosebud and Adam Belfancha of St. Clair; by two great-grandchildren, Jack and Chase Pelton of St. Clair; by brothers and sisters-in-law, one aunt, one uncle, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Dorothy Whited; by two brothers, Delbert Emmett Whited and Robert Edward Whited; and by one sister, Margaret Whited.

Butch was a Christian and member of Bethany Baptist Church in Ironton, MO. During his working career he was employed by Daimler Chrysler Corporation in Fenton, MO, retiring after thirty years of service. He was a proud member and retiree of the United Auto Workers, Local 136 of Fenton, MO. He was also a member of Elks Lodge # 2651 of St. Clair. He also was an honorary member of VFW Post # 2482 in St. Clair and enjoyed the company of fellow members. Butch had a variety of interests throughout his life, including playing poker and tinkering with cars (or anything that had a motor). Butch could do about anything he sent his mind to and had built a cabin on their Silver Mines Creek property, cutting and planing the cedar himself to line the walls. He had also enjoyed deer hunting in his younger years. He especially loved the trips he and Sue would take on his Yamaha touring motorcycle, racking up some 60,000 miles of memories. What brought him the greatest joy was time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Roger Johnson officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.