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Wayne Whitney, 82

Jan 21, 2008

Delavan — Wayne T. Whitney, age 82, of Delavan, died Jan. 15, 2008 at United Hospital, Blue Earth. Funeral services were held Jan. 19, 2008, at Delavan United Methodist Church, with Rev. Kathleen Menne officiating. Burial was in Rice Lake Cemetery, Delavan. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Wayne was born Oct. 3, 1925, at Delavan, the son of William and Nellie (Wallace) Whitney, Sr.

He was a nearly lifelong resident of Delavan, graduating from Delavan High School in 1943. Following school he worked on his family farm. He was married to Helen M. Langworthy on Nov. 11, 1945, at the Delavan United Methodist Church. The couple farmed his 4th generation century farm for many years. In 1966, Wayne began working construction in addition to farming. He continued to his dual occupation until retirement in 1987. Wayne and Helen lived in Clear Lake, Iowa for a short time and enjoyed several years wintering in Texas. Wayne was a longtime member of the Delavan United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School and held many church offices through the years. He was also active on the Delavan School Board, was a 4-H leader and was part of the Faribault County Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Wayne is survived by his loving and caring wife of 62 years, Helen, of Delavan, daughters: Judith (Leon) Werner of Marshall, Diana (Glen) Skogen of Delavan, Paula (Bob) McCue of New Prague, Patti (Guy) DeLeon of Redwing, 10 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, brothers: William (Betty) Whitney, Jr. of Delavan, James (Caroline) Whitney of Blue Earth, Roger (Diane) Whitney of Winnebago, sister-in-law, Evelyn Whitney of Delavan, brother-in-law Harley (Beth) Langworthy of Delavan and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Walter Whitney.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com