Harold DeWitt Whitten, 85, of Hillsboro, died at 8:44 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro, with the Rev. Jeff Hemken officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, with military rites accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1306 of Taylor Springs. Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. on Friday at the church. Bass, Patton, Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church or donor’s choice.
Mr. Whitten was born on July 1, 1923, in Coffeen, the son of Jesse and Alta Elam Whitten. He married Mary Evelyn Satterlee on July 19, 1947, in Bond County; she died on Dec. 31, 1982. He married Mary Lee Reeves on Feb. 15, 1997, at Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro.
He lived in Coffeen and Hillsboro. He was a 1942 graduate of Coffeen High School. He was a supervisor of assessments for Coffeen; with the Production Credit Association; sheriff of Montgomery County from 1958-62; Montgomery County treasurer from 1962-64; chief executive officer of Montgomery County National Bank of Hillsboro (now National Bank) for 20 years; mayor of Hillsboro for eight years; and with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (now Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) in Springfield. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Kiwanis Club, Sheriff’s Association and American Banker Association; lifelong member of Hillsboro Moose Lodge No. 1377; and 50-year member of Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge No. 51 A.F. & A.M. He was an Army veteran, serving in Europe during World War II.
He is survived by his wife; children, Harold Dean Whitten and his wife Linda of Colleyville, Texas, Mike Whitten and his wife Cheryl of Hillsboro, Doris M. and her husband Dr. Roger McFarlin of Hillsboro; Mary Lou Whitten of Hillsboro; Gayle A. and her husband Roy Harrell of Hillsboro; Paula Luebbert of Hillsboro; and Jim White and his wife Pat of Lenexa, Kan.; stepson, Dale Reeves and his wife Janet of Vandalia; grandchildren, Jason and Jeremy Whitten, Matt Pachesa, Amy Maedge, Mary Whitten, Nicole and Marissa Harrel, and Jarod and Nick Luebbert; stepgrandchildren, Tara Reeves, Jason Yaeger and Stacy Kalmbacher; five great-granchildren; sister, Dorothy Lentz of Donnellson; and sisters-in-law, Clara Mae Whitten and Lavonne Satterlee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; stepdaughter, Cheri Yeager; grandchildren, Neil Pachesa and Jessica Whitten; and brother, Dwight Whitten.