Harold Whitehurst

Harold Francis "Whitey" Whitehurst

Mar 2, 1924 - Apr 1, 2020
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Harold Francis Whitehurst, 96, died April 1 at Ohio Living Rockynol in Akron after a long, successful life.

He was born in 1924 and lived in West Akron his entire life. After graduating from Buchtel High School in 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a communications specialist in France and Germany during the war. He worked for 35 years in various jobs at the Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company, retiring in 1985. He also worked for over 70 years as a custodian at Christ United Methodist Church where he was a loyal and respected member.

Whitey was a hard-working, soft-spoken, and principled man with a wry sense of humor. He was member of the "greatest generation," a man who believed strongly in duty and service to others. He was devoted to his large family, working two jobs for most of his life and supporting them unconditionally. He provided a model of integrity and selflessness to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

Preceded in death by his wife Peggy, brother Alfred, sons Hal and Chip, and daughter-in-law Caroll Brode, Whitey is survived by daughter Sue; sons James, David (Michele), John (Stacy), and Mark (Julie); daughter-in-law Sheryl; grandchildren Dan (Jen), Matt, Katie, Emily, Conor, Allison, Jacob, and Sam Whitehurst; and great granddaughter Alice. He is also survived by special friends Debbie and Chuck Laconti and Mike and Mary Alice Aldrich, along with many relatives and friends. The family is grateful for the care and support provided by the staff at Rockynol.

A celebration of Whitey's life will be held at a later date.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Ohio Living Foundation (1001 Kingsmill Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43229, 800-686-7800) and Townhall II (155 North Water St., Kent, OH 44240, 330-678-3006).
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Patti Trettel

Posted at 01:53pm
Whitey introduced me to my husband 35 years ago, and I have been grateful every day since. He was such a good and wonderful man and he will be missed. I am so glad he is back with Peggy. (The picture of Peggy that used to sit on his tv was taken at my wedding.)
Prayers and condolences to the family.
Patti and Paul Trettel

Lawrence Tomei

Posted at 05:59pm
Mr Whitehurst held a special place in the hearts of me and my brother when we were growing up back in the 1950-60s when Joe and I spent most of our summer vacation at the Whitehurst house. We were always welcome at the house with the most kids already. All the best to the family. You are in our prayers.


Paul and Paula

Posted at 03:20pm
With sympathy to Jack and Stacy and Jim and the whole family, and honoring the life of a great man.
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Paula Kurzweil

Posted at 11:02am
Even though we never had the honor of meeting Whitey, we both feel as though we knew him from the many stories Dave and Michele have shared with us over the years. You were blessed to have him. He was blessed to have you. May you find some comfort in your many memories. Sincerely, Paula and Alan Kurzweil

Sue Gill

Posted at 10:31am
I am so very sorry to see the passing of such a wonderful father, husband and person! John and I have wonderful memories of visits with Whitey, Peggy and your loving family. You are a family we will never forget and hold a special place forever in our hearts. Big hugs to all you. May Whitey Rest In Peace. Our sincere condolences and prayers. Sue and John Gill

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