Kenneth E. Whitesel, known to many as “Sam”, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at the age of 78.
He was born July 2, 1942 in Athens, Ohio to the late Ernest and Kathleen (nee Hardy) Whitesel. He grew up in North Ridgeville, Ohio and moved to Valley City in 1976 and resided there upon his death.
Sam served in the U.S. Navy for six years, spending the time aboard the CV-59 U.S.S. Forrestal during his active duty from 1959-1963. After the Navy he was employed by Tappan Industries, Elyria before becoming a semi-truck driver for over 30 years. He retired from trucking with Myron Ulmer Trucking in 2011.
Upon retiring, he enjoyed being a vendor at both Jamie’s and Litchfield Flea Markets on the weekends. He was an avid reader and liked relaxing outside in his rocking chair listening to and feeding the birds. He rode motorcycles and liked to fish with friends and family. Inside on a favorite couch you could find either watching old western movies or local sports team games.
Sam is survived by his wife of 56 years Beverly, two daughter Gina L. and Kim N. He had six grandchildren, Tia, Joshua, Robin, Johnny, Amber, Kristen. He was the oldest brother to Sue, Denny, Barry, Alvin and Roger. Preceded in death by a sister, Karen and brother Larry.
At Sam’s request, cremation has taken place.
A private family military burial will be held on August 26, 2020 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Seville, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, at the family’s request memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation in Kenneth Whitesel’s name would be greatly appreciated.
The Bauer Funeral Home, Valley City, has the honor of serving the Whitesel Family.
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