Gary Wayne Whiteman, age 69, of Claysville, PA., passed away peacefully Friday, October 5, 2018, at his home with his family by his side.
Born October 8, 1948, in Washington, PA., he is the son of the late Homer Andrew and Jesse Leona (Yoder) Whiteman.
Gary was a lifelong resident of the Claysville area. He graduated from McGuffey High School in 1966. Gary was a member of the Claysville United Presbyterian Church. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he earned the rank of SP5. While serving, he received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, two overseas bars and a Sharp Shooter Medal. After a long tenure with the Fort Pitt Bridge Works, Gary worked for Ritter Industries as a Machinist Welder until he retired in 2004. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing and farming. He had a way of making friends and family laugh with his creative storytelling, but most of all he cherished spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by two daughters, Sherri (Mark) Miller, of Washington, PA. and Mary (Paul) Saltis, Jr., of Morgantown, WV.; one brother, Ed (Judy) Whiteman, of Washington, PA.; one sister, Beverly (Fred) Gashel, of Claysville, PA.; five grandchildren, Caroline and Nora Miller, and Gracie, Annamarie, and Paul Gary Saltis. He appreciated the love of the Ricker family, who took him in as one of their own. He adored his many, many Whiteman and Ricker nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by, his wife, Helen M. (Ricker) Whiteman, who passed away June 7, 2018.
Friends will be received on Monday, October 8, 2018 from 2–4 PM and 6-9 PM at the Claysville United Presbyterian Church, 134 Wayne St. Claysville, PA. 15323. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the church with Rev. Dr. Jerome Creach, officiating. He will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA., at 2:30 PM with full military honors by active duty U.S. Army and accompanied by the Claysville American Legion Post #639 Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Claysville United Presbyterian Church, 134 Wayne St. Claysville, PA. 15323.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kesterson-Rush Funeral Home, LLC. 3275 W. Roy Furman Hwy. Rogersville, PA 15359. Telephone: 724-499-5181.
Please view and sign the online tribute wall at www.kestersonfh.com.