Charles Ray Whitham
Charles Ray Whitham, 87, died April 25, 2016, at the Scott County Hospital.
He was born March 21, 1929, in Liberal, the son of Ray Charles
Whitham and Mabel Marie (Garvin) Whitham.
Charles was a 1947 graduate of Scott Community High School and a 1952 graduate of the University of Kansas.
He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-62, where he rose to the rank of captain.
He and his family returned to Kansas to begin a long and varied career in agriculture with his company, Western Seed and Supply in Leoti.
Charles was an active community member and served in many capacities in the Leoti Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Wichita County board of education, and the Wichita County Hospital board.
He was a member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association, and represented his wholesale bean business as a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Bean Dealers Association and president of the Kansas Seed Dealers Association.
On May 24, 1954, he married Waneta Joann (Conine) Whitham. She survives.
Other survivors include: four children, Kendall Whitham Sirkis, and husband, Robert, Dothan, Ala., Julie Whitham Diehl, Larkspur, Colo., Bradley Charles Whitham, and wife, Diane, Leoti, and Shawn Whitham Peters, Dothan, Ala.; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bruce Whitham and Frank Whitham; sister, Corinne Whitham Krebs; and two infant grandsons.
Funeral service will be Sat., April 30, 10:30 a.m., at the Leoti United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul McNall presiding.
A military graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Scott County Cemetery in Scott City.
Memorials are suggested to the Wichita County Volunteer EMT Service, Wichita County Fire Department, or the Wichita County Amusement Association.
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