Herschel Lee Whited, Sr. of Lonedell, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on January 28, 2011, having reached the age of sixty-five years, six months and twelve days. Herschel was born in Ironton, MO on July 16, 1945, son of Eddie Whited and Dolly Maggie Whited nee Marler. On July 17, 1965, he was united in marriage to Pauline Lillian Hanneken and three children came to bless this union.
Herschel is survived by his wife, Pauline Whited of Lonedell; by his children Herschel L. Whited, Jr., known to most as Junior, and wife, Darlene, of St. Clair, MO, Catherine Huff and husband, Kenneth Jr., of St, Clair and Diane Cox and husband, Charles, of Lonedell; by six grandchildren, Herschel L. Whited, III of Sedalia, MO, Crystal Potter and husband, Gabriel, of St. Clair, Heather Whited of St. Clair, Andrea Tippett of St. Clair and Michael and Amanda Huff of St. Clair; by three great-grandchildren, Berlyn and Kadien Potter of St. Clair and Tayen Whited of Sedalia, MO; by two brothers, Robert Whited and wife, Kathleen, of St. Clair and Samuel Whited of Ironton, MO; by five sisters, Marie Willis of Vernon, IL, Virginia Whited of Ironton, Marcella Harper and husband, Ernst, of Poplar Bluff, MO, Ruth Ann Harper and husband, Bill, of Owensville, MO and Frances Sisk and husband, Larry, of Ironton; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Herschel was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Dolly Whited; by three brothers, Edward, Grover and infant boy Whited; and by six sisters, Dorothy Williams, Goldie Mayberry, Betty Lee Whited, Mary Lorraine Whited, Linda Hanneken, Paula Whited and infant girl Whited.
Herschel was a Christian and member of the St. Clare Catholic Church in St. Clair. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, Leo Steck Council 4667 of St. Clair. Herschel had been employed at Chrysler Corporation in Fenton, MO, retiring after thirty years of service. He was also a retiree of the United Auto Workers, Local 110 of St. Louis, MO. Herschel was an outdoorsman at heart and loved going hunting and fishing. Buying and selling at the local flea market was his passion and he made many friends there. Above all else, Herschel was a family man and nothing made him happier than the time he shared with his family.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with Father Bob Knight officiating. Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.