Verlin A. Whitford, 76, California

Verlin A. Whitford, 76, of California and formerly of Mulberry Grove, died on Nov. 7, 2007, in California from cancer.

The remains were cremated, and his ashes will be returned to Illinois and placed in Nofsinger Cemetery in rural Mulberry Grove.

Mr. Whitford was born on March 24, 1931, at Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia, the son of Albert Darrel and Anna Hopkins Whitford.

He graduated from Mulberry Grove High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He remained in California after his discharge from the Navy, becoming a buyer for numerous lumber and home improvement firms.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Whitford; son, Kevin Whitford of California; a grandson, of California; and brothers, Maurice and his wife Jeanie Whitford of Normal, and Ross and his wife Lila Whitford of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Elmer Terry; and brother, La Verle Whitford.

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